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Bassong Wants Away – Malaysian Group Have Second Tour

6:45 am, Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

The delay in the sale of the Newcastle club is doing nothing for players, like Sebastien Bassong, who still seem to want to leave the Newcastle club.

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Sebastien Bassong – can Shearer keep this player at Newcastle

With even some of our sensible and experienced players like Habib Beye and Nicky Butt getting a little sick of the farcical situation at the club under Mike Ashley, this is hardly the time to have good young players like Seb returning to the club.

If this situation lasts even just one more week, that could be enough to squash any chance Alan Shearer has of persuading Bassong that his future lies on Tyneside.

The news is that the Frenchman was extremely impressed with Alan at the end of last season, and of course we know the 22 year-old gave everything he had for the team last season, and was easily the club’s best player.

Bassong turns 23 years old tomorrow, and is known to be extremely ambitious, so it will be tough for Shearer to keep him on Tyneside, but with new billionaire owners willing to invest in the club, and Alan in the lead it is not impossible.

The Malaysian consortium in Newcastle United takeover talks were on Tyneside yesterday and returned last night, and were this time accompanied by the man said to be the number two to the prime investor, who we think is Ananda Krishnan.

The party was again hosted by Managing Director Derek Llambias, and they were at the grounds for about 90 minutes, arriving around 5:00pm.

It’s hard to know right now which group would be better owners for the club, but having Krishnan, who is worth around £4.6B, in charge of Newcastle, with Alan as manager, cannot be a bad thing. :D

We just all have to hope that this deal concludes as quickly as possible this week, so the real work of preparing the club for the Championship can start – at last. It’s 7 weeks this weekend since we were relegated.

Comments welcome.

Written from Paris, France.



Tags: Newcastle News · Sebastien Bassong



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magforlife // Jul 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    Another day and another room burnt down, i believe its 39 days and counting so there canr be many left.
    Any player that does not want to stay, get rid, do they think they actually have any credibility after relegation? Nicky Butt whinging on in the back ground, i would drive him to any club daft enough to sign him, utter rubbish one paced player living on past glorys ( but not with us)

  • 2 Toonmania // Jul 8, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    lets hope ashley and lambarse are in the last room the burns, couldn’t think of a nicer ending for the worst football club owners/chairman in living history :)

  • 3 lesh // Jul 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    According ot this, a Malaysian group have offered £80m and would take on the overdraft – getting better and nearer Ashely’s £100m!

    Fingers crossed!!!

    http://football.thestar.com.my/starspecial/story.asp?file=/2009/7/8/footballeveryday/4272916&sec=FootballEveryDay

  • 4 Ericles // Jul 8, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Just another aspect of the calculated sabotage by an owner who has lost all credibility. It seems that it is Shearer’s suggested core players that are supposedly wanting to hand in transfers. I thought they were all up for sale anyway?

  • 5 Ericles // Jul 8, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Press gossip (Mirror) says Roma want Jonas on loan. No out on loans. Sell now for as much as we can recoup. All deadwood and traitors out asap!

  • 6 ToonTinka // Jul 8, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    That makes sence Lesh, maybe they flew in a second time to up there bid. Maybe Derek’s little speach about recieving more than two offers at the 100 mill asking price forced them into action of upping there bid.

    Pure specualtion, but going with the timing of it, it would make sence.

    Especially if they have brought Krishnan this time (If of course, he is the man we think he is).

  • 7 Chris G // Jul 8, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    More press gossip (this time from Louise Taylor in the Guardian) saying that there’s now an Austrian consortium showing interest:

    ‘…Seymour Pierce, the investment bank brokering Newcastle’s sale, is hopeful a deal may be concluded by the end of the week. The club is attracting interest with an Austrian consortium understood to be the latest investment group to have been shown around St James’ Park, when a Malaysian consortium also made a return visit…’
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jul/07/newcatle-united-mike-ashley

  • 8 Chris G // Jul 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    ps. I found this on the ESPN Soccernet site, and thought you might enjoy it:

    ” No one wants an Owen shirt …

    It’s lucky for Michael Owen that Sir Alex Ferguson rates him, because Manchester United supporters certainly do not. Since he signed on Friday, the club shop has yet to receive a single request for an Owen shirt.

    This evidences just how widely the dissatisfaction with his purchase is felt; very few supporters feel that he is good enough to play for the team, and just as many are resentful of having an ex-Liverpool player in the squad.

    An employee at United’s megastore commented that:

    “We haven’t got his number yet, which might have had an effect, [but] we are not expecting a big demand even when that is known. As far as I know, no one has asked for [it]“. :)

  • 9 RyanToon // Jul 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    see ya bassong you pr ick

  • 10 ToonArmy Malaysia // Jul 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    I’m a Toon fan from Malaysia and wish to share some info with you..
    i) Ananda Krishnan is the 2nd richest man in Malaysia with a net worth of US$7 billion (Forbes Asia – 2009).
    ii) Krishnan is a telecommunications and media mogul controls Maxis Communications (telecommunication services), Measat and Astro (pay tv & digital broadcasting). Astro will show at least 6 live EPL games perweek via the ESPN and Starsports channels.
    iii) Generally, 50% of Malaysia football fans is supporting ManU and Liverpool. Another 30% is supporting Chelsea and Arsenal. In the ‘3rd bracket’ there are the supporters of Newcastle, Spurs and Everton (Leeds and Sheffield). Supporters of the other teams are hardly seen.
    iv) We do have NUFC Supporters Club in Malaysia since 2001. Although this group is yet to be recognized officially, we’re in contact with the people in NUFC on adhoc basis. Trip to SJP has been made in 2003.
    v) Yes – Ananda Krisnhnan is behind the bid.

  • 11 AndyT // Jul 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    well that’s believable isn’t it. I was really hoping to wake up this morning to discover that the club had been handed. Dangit

  • 12 It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC- // Jul 8, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Ed…do you really believe all this hype you write about Bassong or are you just trying to drive his price up? IMO he is vastly overrated. He was single-handedly at fault for a number of very costly goals towards the end of the season not to mention some very badly timed red cards. Yes, he looked pretty good on the ball and in the air but his pace and positioning is very questionable. If he was as good as you make him out to be we would still be in the prem. If he moves on to a spurs or villa watch him become very average.

  • 13 toonie // Jul 8, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    It looks like the deal is done and Shearer to be appointed manager.

    Some group from Hong Kong !!




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