Newcastle Being Sold To Consortium – Categorically Untrue

That stuff about Newcastle being sold which was all over yesterday’s papers, and that we found so hard to believe last night – it looks like it’s another made-up story by the gossip press – as we had half expected.


Keith Harris – denies talking to consortium in Newcastle yesterday 

Keith Harris, the investment banker hired to try to sell Newcastle last year has dismissed reports that he had spent Tuesday on Tyneside talking to a consortium keen to take over from Ashley.

Harris was questioned on the reports today and this is what he had to say:

“Categorically untrue,” 

Keith then explained he had been in Newcastle on non-football business, and that he often travels up to Newcastle  on business. Oh well – the gossip press are wrong again – isn’t that unusual?

So we’ll see no more of that stupid story about Newcastle being sold – will we?

Don’t you bet on it – facts never seem to get in the way of their stories – they are just an inconvenience it seems, but when you read the stores, realize it’s a complete ruse – and have a good laugh.

If it was true, we had suggested Ashley would be an idiot to sell the club, after it lost it’s value 3 days previously by about £100M.

Why would any owner want to do that?    It seems some of these stories can be unmasked from a business perspective, because it seems like most gossip sport journalists, haven’t got the first clue about how real business are actually run.  They must think money grows on trees.

Oh well, we do think that’s good news – because the club just couldn’t have handled the turmoil it would have caused.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Dan_008

    May 28, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #1

    The Story I read seemed very vague, and smelt of trying to sell News Papers. or in fact the papers still trying with their witch hunt..

    ahh the papers

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    May 28, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Dear media, You have kicked the sh*t out of us for many years and you have finally gotten what you wanted. Our club has been brought to it’s knees and has been relegated. Yet you still feel the need to sink the boots in and give us a kick even when we are down. Give us a break you gutter sniping w*nkers… You have all really reached the pinacle of your chosen profession. Instead of breaking all the real big stories and exposing the truth, you speculate and create stories in those pea sized brains of yours… Here is a story that you could write.. make it about your search for a reporter that actualy reports the facts and doesn’t use his limited imagination th create utter tripe..

  • waddler

    May 28, 2009 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #3

    When the Sky deal hits the rocks through free internet access to football the whole pack of cards will come tumbling down and so will a lot of the gutter press.

  • chuck

    May 28, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Too bad!

  • 52times

    May 28, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #5

    We need to become more militant when it comes to the press. A journalist isn’t some mythical creature, he’s just a man. Men bleed.

  • tripp

    May 28, 2009 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #6

    easy laddie.

  • serene0380

    May 28, 2009 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Dear Media, I think just shut up your big mouth and stop your nonsense.
    You have wonderful imagination…

  • Whumpie

    May 28, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Will Sirjasontoon and others please take note of this?

    It’s really embarrassing how gullible and reactionary fans can be some times.

    Oh, and what the hell is the Press Compaints Commission for?? If Sky can’t prove that they had good evidence to base the story on, they should be heavily fined, with a thre

  • davis_toons

    May 28, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #9

    We should engage someone (legal councillor/ advisor) to look out for this kind of media reports and if possible sue them. That will keep them away.

    Rather then appointing any sporting director or such. As the law suit might also get us some money.

  • Nick D

    May 28, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #10

    The fact that Newcastle have recently prepared accounts for due diligence means that a takeover could be achieved quicker than normal.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 28, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #11

    You’ve always got to remember what the media’s job is: selling customers to advertisers and, in the case of the printed media, selling newspapers too.

    Truth is only a commodity inasmuch as it helps to achieve the above, which is only sometimes.

    The BBC is a bit different I suppose – I guess its job is simply to justify the license fee.

  • beyethegreat

    May 28, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #12

    lads everything the press and other fans throw at us we need to turn in to motivation for supporting our team and getting back tot the premiership

  • sirjasontoon

    May 28, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    I just don’t understand why us…I just went into a major depression yesterday and I need to start taking the media bull5hit with a pinch of salt.

    We need to be strong and UNITED.

  • lesh

    May 28, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Rumours of selling the club?

    If Harris’s denying (which you’d fully expect him to do) and he hasn’t been discussing a sale of NUFC, then what price Freddy’s mischeavoulsy rumor-mongering?

    Re waddler // May 28, 2009 at 1:59 AM and

    “When the Sky deal hits the rocks through free internet access to football the whole pack of cards will come tumbling down and so will a lot of the gutter press.”

    Really, with Murdoch at the helm of Sky and huge portion of the UK printed press? Anybody seen Citizen Kane??

    Sorry to have to say this, but anybody that subscribes to Sky or any of Murdoch’s papers are in fact feeding the flames of reported tripe and of course, the demise of the BBC and ITV.

    Caveat emptor!

  • nufc1818

    May 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    ”categorically untrue”
    im sorry guys but thats not denying it

    something is going on
    why else would he be in the north east?

  • geordie deb

    May 28, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    NUFC 1818

    ”categorically untrue”
    im sorry guys but thats not denying it

    something is going on
    why else would he be in the north east?

    Are you suggesting that people who work for investment banks would never have a need to visit Newcastle? As myopic as we can be there are other large businesses and clients up in the North East that he may need to visit

  • nufc1818

    May 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    geordie deb

    i understand that, but he didnt deny it at first, he could have just told sky sports straight away why he was there
    and look now ”categorically untrue” hes still not saying why hes there
    he could easily say if it was about his job then the rumour would go
    but hes not hes just said them 2 words

  • Ross

    May 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    nufc1818 // May 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    ”categorically untrue”
    im sorry guys but thats not denying it

    Sorry 1818, but surely he is denying it there?…even though Ed hasnt quoted, he will have surely been asked a question along the lines of “how do you respond to the allegations you were in Newcastle overseeing possible take over talks between Mike Ashley and an un named consortium?” to which he has replied categorically untrue. Thats denying it for me!

  • rites

    May 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    I think that your owner or chairman or whoever is actually in charge here should have come out and told your fans that this soo called take over is not true and made up by the media cos from the way you have gone on about it yous have been excited it shouldn’t be left up to this man to clear things up it should be MA or DL or whoever to tell you that this is not the case and MA wishes to remain in control of the club simple as that your owners simply haven’t learnt from the mistakes clearly

    also Shearer i believe the club should have if everything was going to plan they would have come out and told you all by now if shearer is staying on so i believe that things are not all going to plan behind MA closed doors.

    Anyone disagree or agree with me?

    I am an outsider curious btw not a fan incase i have missed anything which is vital lol:)

  • toonluvva

    May 28, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #20

    If MA is selling up, I am just concerned about who will take over.
    I remember a lot of people being ecstatic to see the back of the last lot, and look at the fine mess we’re in now.
    These days no-one buys a football club on a whim. They all have financial expectations. Not a bad thing IF the club can provide profits with good entertaining and winning football. However, what happens when it doesn’t work out and they get bored? I.E Portsmouth recently?


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