Sheard To Buy Newcastle – But Show Us The Money


Lancashire-based businessman Geoff Sheard is once again preparing a takeover bid for Newcastle United Football Club, it was dramatically revealed yesterday in  The People newspaper.

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The People reported yesterday that Geoff Sheard is putting a  team together (we think must mean an investment team – not a football team), to bid for Newcastle United – and he is also plotting a remarkable raid for David Beckham – why we have no idea.   😀

The only thing that Geoff doesn’t seem to have, otherwise the bid would sound just great – is the money.   Oh well – picky picky – sorry to inject some reality into this thing.

The businessman failed rather miserably in an attempt to buy Sheffield Wednesday last year for around £8M, although he was going to wipe out their debts and put up £20M for transfers, but when push came to shove – nothing, he couldn’t raise the money.

So here’s a question – if he cannot raise £8M for Sheffield Wednesday, where on earth is he going to raise £250M to buy Newcastle – and bear in mind the world economy right now is the worst it’s every been – ever.

Answers can be written on a postage stamp and sent to Geoff, somewhere in Lancashire.

As Sheard claimed with the Wednesday takeover, he claims to have financial backers, but bear in mind he was also interested in buying Newcastle United back in late October, but nothing ever materialized then.

Sheard is also saying he wants to hijack David Beckham’s move from the LA Galaxy to AC Milan, in case the miracle of actually buying Newcastle actually comes true. Reports that he has been in serious negotiations with the Tooth Fairy have been flatly denied.

Geoff can even say he’ll bring in Jose Mourinho as manager, and sign Kaka, Ronaldo and Tevez. That’s because those statements are just as ridiculous as him saying he has backers who can come up with the money to buy Newcastle United.

As you can see, it’s rather difficult to take this story with any seriousness at all – so we’ll return you back to reality from this Walter Mitty tale.

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    first

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #2

    y due

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    tres

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #4

    cuatro

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    cinco

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    seis

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    siete

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  • TheDan

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #8

    This story isn’t true.
    Even if it was i wouldn’t bother selling. I like the regime enforced at the club.

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  • jonny

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    ocho

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  • TheDan

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #10

    aha beat you to ocho:P

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Bullslocks – anyone else seen that the journal and chronicle website is stuck on Sats stories and no update for today?

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Who needs David Beckham, we’ve got Ryan Taylor!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    i think he is using us as a chance to boost his profile for his compy

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    A source close to Mr Sheard said today: “I think Mr Sheard is a very nice man. He lists his hobbies as collecting navel lint, and not smelling of fish.”

    When pressed further, the said

    “KNEUURRRR, KNEUUUURRRR I’M A CORNFLAKE” and licked a window.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    The regime isn’t the problem. It’s the ridiculous value put on player’s heads. It’s the fact that apart from possibly 4-5 players, we have a disgraceful lack of footballing quality. It’s the fact we have an interim manager and clueless assistants. It’s the poor economic condition. It’s the careless spending and money which has been raped of the club from previous owners, crippling us. It’s the huge wage bill for less than deserving players.

    Get rid of the outstanding payments, get rid of the high earners, get rid of the mercenaries, put in a wage structure, start from scratch.

    If we had played yesterday’s Everton with our team 5 years ago under SBR, we would have walked all over them. Know why? Because they were proper footballers, proper quality players. We have players that flatter to deceive now.

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  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    This story isn’t worth a comment. On a different note, is it a coincidence that our defence played so well and kept the first clean sheet in months after 2 weeks working with Hughton and Calderwood in charge?

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  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Dead right AndyNUFC

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    cicero – good point mate.

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  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I think the organisational structure is in place, we are financially secure, we have a good youth set up; all we need now is to get rid of the high earning dead wood and bring in a young first class coaching/management team that are going to be supported for many years.

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  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Yawn!

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Cicero, you could also say that we had 10 men and a poor attack so basically HAD to defend. I also thought this was a pretty weak bit of news in which to base an article… But Ed doesn’t make the news, just reports it!

    I’d ‘do a Hoffenheim’ and go and buy a load of hungry youngsters with some quality in them. I’m all for low spending for as much quality as possible, but realistically, we may to splash the cash for that 1 player to really hold it together and take it to the next level.

    By the way, I just wanted to say, the fact that people are citing Nolan for captain must mean a lot of hope and expectation is being rest on his shoulders, but I honestly don’t think he’ll deliver what you want. He seems slow and out of place, and apparently has been so for quite a while before he came here. Maybe we’re more in love with the idea of him (haha, you hopefully know what I mean, kinda like Smith) than what we see.

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  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    How about John Carver anyone? Studied at the knees of the great Sir Bobby, has a 100% win record as toon manager (1 game, 1 win) is black & white through and through and is doing well in Canada.

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  • valle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    That would truly be the end of us… You need at least 1 of 2 things from the guy that takes over… A guy who really has a clue and who has studied other clubs success and made a future plan with sensible investment (MA could turn out to be that man) OR a mega rich owner to make up for his total lack of football knowledge like Man Citehs owner… This guy seems to be neither, so moving on

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  • valle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #24

    cicero… Nah, i would rather take Alan Irvine then… Carver dosnt strike me as a man who could cut it in the hot seat here.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #25

    AndyNufc – absolutely right – although I would point the finger more at the players than the managers/coaches.

    Poor little angels cant get motivated to perform with all of the uncertainty around them . Ollox ! A week working in a factory for £150 wages should give them every reason to get there arse in gear for 2 hours a week.

    I notice that Bassong is getting an improved contract because of strong performances – good luck to the lad he deserves it – but the other side of the coin is that quite a few our team should be getting new contracts because of piss-poor performances.

    Thats you duff, and you ameobi, and you viduka and you…..

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  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Your right AndyNUFC but they did look a lot better organised, could also be because Bassong was taking control and shouting out his orders. First time I’ve heard anyone do that since Woodgate. I also agree we should buy one/two top class players each year but who would come even if we had the cash?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Viduka is being let go, and with the other players i’d suggest we let go too, I think our scouting team need to draw up a serious list of replacements, because we’re going to need a fair few players.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28

    and another thing when I saw that Sheard was taking over, I thought “thats Sheppard taking the p’s !”

    Ha

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  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #29

    @AndyNUFC – I love the idea of what has happened to Hoffenheim. They’ve just [icked up any and every powerful, quick youngster they could find and slapped them into a team! BRILLIANT. Now most of those players are being targeted by so called bigger clubs. Exactly what we should be doing!

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  • Piers

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed – i agree with you, we need stability more than anything at the club right now.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Cicero, defensively we were decent (let’s not forget all we could do was defend). I just don’t understand how Lovenkrands and Ameobi can start over Martins and Viduka.

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  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #32

    My reference is to Edu by the way, who i’ve seen a couple of times and looks quite a player!!!

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Piers- we need stability , but with the right people in place. Its no use, being stable with a team of has beens and never-gonna-be’s. There are too many wronguns still in our setup.

    There is still some serious blood-letting to do before we can aim for stability.

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Cicero
    its about getting momentum and building a side….watching Newcastle under Gullit, then Robson for the 1st year, you would wonder exactly the same….who is going to sign for us?

    We signed quality in Bellamy, Bernard, and Dyer to name 3…all for decent fees….they performed and we built a side around people like Given, Speed, Solano and Shearer…

    We could build a side around Bassong, Beye, Barton, Jonas and Martins with a ton of quality who could progress from the academy….

    The trick is to put the right man in charge as manager. Sir Bob came in at the time and took 2 years to mould a very good attacking side who we would love to have at this minute in time……

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  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #35

    @Loony – But we need a manager with the vision that Sir Bobby the Great had. I just don’t believe that JK has that vision, but maybe i’m speaking too soon!!!

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  • valle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #36

    From the evening news

    Sheard failed in a bid to take over Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday last year and has allegedly claimed to have financial backers who can buy out Toon tycoon Mike Ashley.

    However, a Newcastle insider said today: “We always get this type of story from time to time.

    “There’s no truth in it.”

    In a recent interview with the Chronicle, Llambias revealed that although there were several interested parties in buying Ashley out during the period in which the club was up for sale, none of them relayed a realistic bid to finance expert Keith Harris, who was looking after the sale of the club.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #37

    …anyone know how the NUSC ‘rally’ went yesterday? Good? Bad? Productive? Waste of time?

    …nowt on their website.

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  • club insider

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    there is no truth in this – we get this all the time !

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  • club insider

    Feb 23, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Rodzilla,

    Saw nowt ! Was in the pub though to be fair ! lol

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  • Club Insider your the worst club insider ever! You should be finding out info not sitting in pub 😉

    Anyway the NUSC chairman said this: “NUSC chairman Malcolm Shiels said: “We have got to try and get the balance right between supporting the team that we love and still letting the management know we are not happy with what they are doing.

    “The mood is not good; it is one of deep mistrust; being taken for granted, and being kept in the dark.”

    There is article on the BBC about it aswell-http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7904698.stm

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