Bids Now Being Received for Newcastle Club

There is some news today that Newcastle have already received two serious offers for the club.


Mike Ashley –  last week as Newcastle owner?

That’s not too surprising, even though we don’t know if the reports are true, because the first bidder that meets Mike’s asking price gets the club.

This news comes from that famous “inside source” at the Newcastle United club.

According to that secret source, the Newcastle owner expects the sale to be completed before two weeks is out, and expects an official management appointment on 28th June, which is a week tomorrow.

No news on who that may be, but if it’s not Alan, the owners have already made their first big mistake.

Apparently Managing Director Derek Llambias is due back on Tyneside on Tuesday, after having two days at Royal Ascot, and will oversee the final details of the sale, along with Keith Harris and the Seymour Pierce Bank, who have been charged with selling the Tyneside club.

Apparently, in addition to the £100M being asked by Ashley, he also wants paid back some personal funds he put into transfers at the club. That’s said to be around £15M, and we wouldn’t think that was a big deal for any buyer.

So we are clearly close to a new owner, and we have to hope we get a good owner in just as soon as possible.

The four groups in due diligence have not been officially identified, nor will they be, but these are the organizations we think are bidding for the club:

  • A local consortia fronted by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd – it is thought the funds are coming from their own money, and will not be funded from overseas
  • A group based in South Africa, and it’s rumored he’s a rich banker
  • The group in Oman which is headed up by the Sultan of Oman, and they presumably have little trouble about the money
  • A group based out of the US, and we have had not seen any hints as to who this may be – but we’ve mentioned maybe Paul Allen or Larry Ellison, but we rweally have no real idea.

As to which one we would like, if the above are for real, we”d not be unhappy if we get Yankee owners.

US companies have vast experience in running sports teams of course, and currently Americans own Manchester United (Glazer family) and Aston Villa (Randy Lerner), and seem to be doing well with those sides.

One things that sets US sports team owners apart, is how they treat their fans.

They know exactly which side their bread is buttered on, and know clearly that it’s the fans who pay the wages at the club, and they treat them, accordingly – extremely well indeed!

That would be a wonderful change at Newcastle, and maybe exactly what we need.

Comments welcome.

120 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Where did you get this from ed?

  • jonny_rubber

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    just more media fiction

    it wouldnt surprise me if ashley scuppered the whole sale to anyone by trying to wring an extra £15m out of them………..the bloke is an idiot

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3


    “No news on who that may be, but if it’s not Alan, the owners have already made their first big mistake.”

    So it would be a mistake by the club to EVEN consider anyone single candidate apart from an ex-player/legend who failed to win more than 1 in 8 when we desperately needed a salvage job.

    However, on the other hand, the lack of any form of leader or planning schedule is already undermining the pre-season and transfer strategy… threatening to get us off to a horrible start.

    Why not do what a normal club would do and give Shearer the assistant’s job,,,? yes he is respected and a natural leader… let dalgliesh, roeder, curbs, dowie take on the manager’s tactical, etc. work and teach shearer the ropes.

    ahhhh I divvent even know anymore…

  • tooneskimo

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Ground Hog day…….
    Are these stories in some kind of loop??
    Thanks news is no news.

  • Tel

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, I agree manure team is doing well, however they have a almost unserviceable debt of 500 – 600 mil off the top of my head. The interest payments on these debts caused them to operate at a loss last season, think it was something like 60 mil interest, and although they made 40 – 50 mil, this was wiped out by the interest repayments. This is not the way forward, the whole world has fallen apart because of levels of debt and the inability to pay, companies and individuals living beyond their means and the bubble burst. I am sure one day there will be salary capping and penalties for clubs failing to live within their means. I do not want our club to have half a billion pounds of debt. So not the glazer plan, but on the other side of the coin randy lerner doesnt seem to be going along those lines.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    By the way from the previous article about Nolan, in my opinion its great news he wants to stay! remember we are in the Championship not the Premiership, he will do a good job for us next season i know it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Factor

    I follow your thinking – not good enough for the prem – but good enough for championship.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Based on who is NOW at the club I’d like to see Ameobi play with Martins more next season…
    they looked fluid together under JK and were our best combo … reminiscent of the second string -SHola/lua lua link up under SBR …

    Cue shola bashing…

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9


    Ameobi! NO NO NO NO NO

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Boater – Shola was too slow and behind the game for his last few matches that we saw him play in.

    This aside championship is a whole other level.

    Shola played well under Kinnear and then got injured ‘again’ and went to sh*t ‘again’.

    Consistancy is needed now more than ever as we have more league games and the the cup runs (thats another story).

    If stroller can prove his critics wrong – well we will have to wait and see.

    Like everything at the minute its the waiting game.

    PS: if tevez signs for Man City he is a tool and after nothing more than money.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Tel i agree 100% the money is killing the game as you said 600mil debts for manure, liverpool 350 mill, and chelsea must be up to there necks in it as they dont have interest to pay but most of the money is interest free loans from red rom. how can anybody else win against this

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Dave –

    Eventually it will implode. The game cant keep up with the levels of debt and if they keep increasing the premier league will have to step in.

    The banks wont step in with the pool, manure, arsenal for example as they are constantly playing in europe and global brands that will continue to rake money into the businesses so they will continue to operate – albeit keep an eye.

    Chelski and Citey are another story. Thats upto their owners to feed the club. Chelsea have the problem of an aeging squad and dont seem to be bedding in young players through their academy but just buy in and Man Citey – well they really are taking the piste with the stupid money they throw at the game.

    Mark my words – if they are not in top 6 by say Jan/Feb – hughesy will get leaned on!

    Thats my 2pence for what its worth.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon Graeme/toon factor – surely that logic applies to every single player.. even the most disappointing performers like Smith, Nolan, r. taylor will appear rejuvenated in this league…

    I hope we can establish a side with more mobility, pace and flair. Get the job done each match and fly back up with minimal drama.


  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon Graeme…

    My point about Shola has always been and will always remain… he’s a decent back up man. Why he has become the focus of so much negativity from the fans annoys the hell out of me. He is what he is – he won’t change now… he has a 1 in 3 ratio and when he’s fit and goes on a run he’s decent enough to cover as a 3rd/4th choice striker. He’s done it against the very top sides and we can’t afford to be snobby about players who have that pedigree now.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Boater – in theory it should.

    I dont think that the supporters (who turn up) at SJP will stand for the crap that has been witnessed last season.

    If shearers stay as manager (TBC) and his speech of “dont take the p*ss out of the club and dont take the p*ss out of this city” (or somit along them lines) does sink into who is left on Aug the 8th – then perhaps we will see the team step up a level.

    We need a team who will play their balls of for the black and white.

    Im sure any new owners and managing director wouldnt stand for it either! (guess)

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Boater – post 14

    I see what you mean and we can only see what happens.

    The mob is fickle and if he bags a brace he will be applauded.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17


    You can tell If a footballer has potential or not, Ameobi has zero potential. Neither does Smith. In my opinion Nolan and Ryan Taylor have.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon Graeme…

    I have absolutely no doubt that Shearer – if appointed – will deliver that message loud and clear. The importance of playing with chest-out pride and improving the mentality and work ethic within the squad. Unfortunately for us – this is THE league of work ethic, chest beaters and fighters. We have to hope that the difference in our technical quality will put some daylight between us and the others.

    Where SHearer has failed to show any natural prowess was in the tactical strategy of those lat 8 games…

    I’m sure the fans will hear lots more about ‘fight, dedication and pride’, etc… however I worry we don’t have someone to cover the gaps in Shearer’s intellectual capacity. He lacks the insight, guile and natural intelligence that top managers always have.

  • spiderpig

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    why is not appointing shearer ,the new owners first big mistake ed?

    you dont know what the new owners will do,they might have enough money for someone with proven pedigree.why should they act on the fans wishes anyway?it hasnt worked for the last 10 years.

  • Nick 69

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    i think it is a bit ridiculous to state that it would be the first big mistake from the new owners to not appoint shearer. i want shearer appointed myself but they are buying the club and have the right to appoint whoever they think is best and to tell them they have already made a big mistake just because they didnt appoint a manager,who, lets face it, has a pretty poor record, would be ridiculous, and exactly the reason why fans allover the country mock us!

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #21

    ToonFactor… stop thinking about ‘potential’ man. Look at it this way… Shola is a squad player who is happy to wait in the wings for the opportunity to cover, He will never become the 30 goal shearer/cole/ferdinand player. Accept it… he is what he is.. decent enough in the air, a good attitude and stays out of trouble, capable of assists and the odd cracking shot… no Ferrari, never will be… fine – he’s our 3rd/4th choice

    Saying nolan and r. taylor ‘have potential’ is crazy. isn’t it just that they haven’t been given enough time to fail in the fan’s eyes.

  • jonny_rubber

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #22

    did someone say shola was a 1 in 3 striker?

    he isnt even close to that

    196 league appearances – 32 goals thats not even 1 in 5 !!!!!!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    If silence from shearer speaks more than the silence of the llambias – I do think something is going on and he is aware and has agreed to the confidentiality clause connected to Due diligence stage.

    Why else have we heard f’all from him – yet prior even after relegation he was all over the shop etc.

    SOmething is afoot and its a pi*ser having to sit and wait – Im sure all will come out – eventually.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Spiderpig… exactement.

  • sub99prime

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #25

    You dont want Ellison. He always interferes in every company he runs and has a much larger ego than either Ashley or Freddy.

    Profitable Group probably cant raise the money because they seem to be busy in Malaysia for more Land Banking stuff.

    June 19 2009
    THE Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM – Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) has issued compound notices to Profitable Plots Sdn Bhd, Edgeworth Properties (M) Sdn Bhd and UK Land International (M) Sdn Bhd for contravening section 91(1) of the Companies Act 1965.

    The three companies were raided on October 24 last year following queries received from members of the public that the companies were offering illegal investment schemes to members of the public, SSM said in a statement today.

    The raids were conducted simultaneously in the respective offices located in Kuala Lumpur and assets such as information, communication and technology (ICT) equipments and documents of the companies were seized to assist the commission in its investigations.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #26


    “Saying nolan and r. taylor ‘have potential’ is crazy. isn’t it just that they haven’t been given enough time to fail in the fan’s eyes.”

    Yes that too! But Ameobi has been given time and he has proved time and time again that he has the inability to play football, so what the hell are you talking about.


    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #27

    ED-Shearer would do for me,but there are no guarantees that he will deliver. His first 8 games didn’t suggest a lot,although we did have some difficult fixtures.Portsmouth at home-could have won it, nearly lost it.However,I wonder who would have kept them up with those same players??.Give him a season with his players and then make a judgement.It can’t be any worse than what we’ve experienced recently.Only time will tell,but this Ashley fiasco is killing me.Makes the Lord Westwood/Malcolm Dix situation like a tea party.HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #28

    RyanToon // Jun 20, 2009 at 1:58 PM




    GET ON IT! AROUND 11/4

    *************** Fourth *****************

  • magforlife

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Boater – tell me one good attribute Ameobi has please, most pro footballers have at least one such as pace, good reading of the game, strong tackler, good striker of the ball, good in the air, workrate, passing? What is his strength then ?

  • flyingmag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    where does this idiot get these articles from.

  • nufc2009

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    wa wud be the best homw match to go to in the ccc

  • RyanToon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #32



  • toonsy

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #33

    flyingmag -if your talking about Ed’s blog then the choice to read it is yours.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #34

    My god, a Hugh Jorgan post without his stupid link!

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Tino 11

    Tell me about it, it does my friggin head in!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Boater I think you are really a mackem with all this anti Shearer cr*p. Either that or you don’t have a clue about football

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Play my brute, pretty pretty please!!!!!!!!!


  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #38


    (deep breath, here we go again)

    Ah the old ‘you’re a mackem classic’ for not wanting a manager with no track record other than failing to win more than 1 in 8. I want my beloved club to be run by someone with a track record, experience and know-how.

    I am happy for shearer to take complete control once he has proven he has what it takes. Look at Ince, Adams, Keane, Southgate… giants as players but couldn’t bring sustained success at the first time of asking. Because you’ve got shearer posters on your wall is not reason enough for him to take over… you complete and utter king of fools.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #39


    shola has 35 goals in 117 starts… 1 in 3

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #40

    magforlife… he has scored 50 goals for newcastle united football club. That should answer your question as to something he offers.


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