Does Afzal Kahn Want To Buy Newcastle United?


An entrepreneur and car designer is said to be considering mounting a bid to buy the Newcastle United Football Club.

Afzal Kahn, who is the CEO of Project Kahn Ltd in Bradford, Yorkshire, is said to believe the famous Tyneside club has almost unlimited potential with their huge and loyal fan base, and wants to turn Newcastle United into an international brand.

Now where have we heard that before?

Afzal Kahn – CEO of Project Kahn Ltd
Kahn’s business manager, Michael Woodhouse, was asked about the reports and told Goal.com:

“One particular club that fills the stadium week in week out with loyal fans is of interest to us and if things go according to plan and the club accept our bid, the fans may indeed have their messiah back.”

The messiah above could be Kevin Keegan – although a number of Newcastle fans may have soured a little on Kevin, because he walked out on the club, is suing the club for £8M, and after he left in early September, Newcastle lost 5 games on the trot before Joe Kinnear came in to steady the ship a little.

Kahn made his fortune designing bespoke vehicles including the new Cosworth. Project Kahn’s Range Rover Sport, Bentley, Aston Martin and many other vehicles, set the standard that other organizations follow.

Premier League stars including: Peter Crouch, Michael Ball, Sam Allardyce, Dickson Etuhu, Mark Viduka and most players of the Chelsea squad have cars and alloy wheels which were designed at Project Kahn.

Even Arnold Schwarzenegger – the Governor of California – has ordered a car from project Kahn.

We have no idea if this report is true, although if the statement by Michael Woodhouse is accurate, they may be interested, but we’d be surprised if they could get the money together , probably around £250M, to make the deal.

Credit is so tight right now, that we’d be surprised if they can make a deal, even if they wanted to.

And reports suggest  Kahn, 39, is worth a mere £40M, so not sure how they can get the money together to buy the club.

But you never know what’s going to happen next at Newcastle, so we live in hope.

Comments very welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    dont bring keegan back, he is a legend at our club but dont bring him back a third time IMO

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  • Ericles

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I no longer believe in Santa Claus and I gave up believing in fairy stories in primary school. An interesting piece of news but where will they raise the cash or credit? Could ask Northern Rock I suppose.

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  • Stuart

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    This man doesn’t have the money needed to compete at the top end of the table.

    The article also mentions a statement from the club’s spokesman??? Did anyone know we had a spokesman? If we do he has a cushy number cos he never speaks!

    Said the club have recieved a number of bids and will get more in the coming weeks! News to us! Why won’t they speak to the fans but will speak to a football website? Says it all really

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  • Matt

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye the time to bring KK back has passed I think. We just need to pick a manager and support them 100%. I don’t know if JFK is right for it yet but what we need more than ever is some stability.

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  • The Alchemist

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t think this guy is near wealthy enough to take us where we want to be…..

    Although I bet the players would love a few of those bling cars on that website!

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  • The Alchemist

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    RESULTS FOR 2008
    Ranking: 1794=
    Worth: £40m
    Source of wealth: Design

    In January Khan, 39, paid a record-breaking £440,625 for the registration number F1. The plate will be placed on a Cosworth Range Rover customised by Kahn Design, his Bradford-based company. Khan designs and styles cars for clients including footballers Robbie Savage and Peter Crouch. He is also an investor in the Yorkshire city’s £450m Channel redevelopment project. Some reports put his wealth at £75m. We can see £3m of net assets in the 2006 accounts of his companies such as Project Kahn and cautiously value him at £40m.

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  • DU

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Hope this isn’t true, the guys a gangster in Bradford!

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  • Ericles

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I am beginning to think that the return of KK is now a damp squib proposition. Way things are going with the club sale we may have to poach Clarky from Huddersfield in the close season. Anyway Uncle Joe is not doing too bad is he? At least he sticks up for us and the players against dodgy pitch decisions.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    He is a joker,
    We need oil barons not mechanics : )

    If he bought us I would be gutted.

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  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    We aint gonna be sold cuz ashley has to take a loss which he believes he wont.He needs to back team with money its his only option left.buy english talent and buy more young talents for the future.With a great youth side at the mo we have a team in the making in 2-3 years.

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  • adam

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    No

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    This will NOT happen.

    End of story

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  • MickMack

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Just off the topic a bit. What has happened to Zamblera? I never see him mentioned for reserves or under 18’s anymore, is the lad injured?

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  • NE1

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley won’t sell.

    He’s a stubborn fat get who doesn’t care about the club. He’s on an ego trip and just wants to bleed us dry wherever possible

    KK FOREVER

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  • Shearbliss

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed dont waste our time. he could be talking about a blue square club. he can not afford NUFC period. As said be for in my posts you would need a MINIMUM of £630 mill of exposible cash to buy and invest properly in NUFC to put us where we belong and want to be. No way he can afford it Berbs cost as much as his whole fortune!
    No be serous Ed! No story!
    PS dont want KK back now we MUST move on. It is getting embarresing now!

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    maybe hes getting a consortium together who knows

    or maybe he is talking about a different club

    does any 1 know a club in the lower leagues that also has a messiah

    any way we dont fill our stadium now so it cant be us. can it?

    well you never cant tell with nufc

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  • Jim

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #17

    This guy may be part of a group that will get the club..

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  • listie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Had dealing with this company and the owner in the past, 2 things

    1 – he hasn’t got anynear enough money
    2 – As dodgy as hell

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  • Partizan

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    We need a real owner,and not some playboy.

    Out off topic….I’ve been folowing this player since the begining of the season and last season aswell.
    He plays AM,CF,ST…..similar to Totti position.
    He’s a top scorer in Empoli atm,and i think that 3 mill would be enough to get him.

    Just pay close attention to his shooting technique,and his free kicks.This guy is simply a jewel,the new Gianfranco Zola.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJn_jrXh6bA

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  • G

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #20

    This will not happen, I have no idea what the source of the story was in the first place, but I suspect it is a cheap publicity stunt by the man to ‘big up’ his rep for making footballer’s cars. A marketing stunt at best.

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  • wayneo009

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    off the subject (because it will never happen) ….

    look at this crap ……….http://www.shieldsgazette.com/nufc/Toon-old-boy-can-cope.

    ha ha ha ha

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Ads are playing up again Ed, on the note of this article though, I really don’t think it will happen and i’m not too bothered whether it does or not these days. Main priority is avoiding relegation

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  • wsq

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23

    ludicrous kahn is just a poser!
    want an owner to put in money not make money like ashley.

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  • Mick G

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24

    This is free advertising for the bloke – End of.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #25

    gotta say i love the bit in there saying distin is faster than martins, as ifffffffffff

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  • Mark-O

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #26

    The alchemist

    Where did you get this story from???

    The licence plate mentioned is on the photo above and that aint a range rover.

    Another Wikipedia slave???

    RE the actual story:

    Who cares no-one is going to buy yet, players will not want to play here, no manager will risk the wrath of fickle fans.

    I think i’m just gonna ignore everything that happens off the pitch and try to enjoy whats happening on it.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #27

    “…. Kahn, 39, is worth a mere £40M ….”

    Everybody say Aahrrrrrrr!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    The number plate isn’t actually fitted…!

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  • Partizan

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Car industry is suffering a major blow everywhere in the world.
    It would be worse than a nightmare to have him as our owner.

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  • greg

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #30

    he’s probably talking about Pompey

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  • Ian

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    If he waits a while he probably could afford us.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Mick Mack the lads shite! Too soft and not good enough.

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  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #33

    was thinking that greg. could even be referring to west ham

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  • The Alchemist

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Mark-O

    Got it from the times 2008 rich list. Wanted to find out how much this chap is worth… I have heard from a few mates in Bradford that he is ‘slightly’ dodgy. This story is a bit of a none starter cause he doesn’t have nearly enough cash…

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  • Joseph

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #35

    He can’t afford the club

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  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #36

    HA HA HA HA…..no.

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  • chuck

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Fugdaboud it !
    Aint got the readies.

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  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #38

    it’s a lie, just trying to upset that poor barry norman bloke. imo.

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  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #39

    what does the f stand for? any ideas?

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  • mark stafford

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #40

    I would take KK back tomorrow!

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