Ashley Flying In From Hawaii To Discuss Moat Bid


It seems that Mike Ashley is on his way back from Hawaii to discuss Barry Moat’s bid for the Newcastle football club with Keith Harris of Seymour Pierce Investment Bank, who we understand will urge Mike to accept the offer.

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Mike Ashley – flying in from Hawaii

Or so is being reported today by The Mail On Sunday,  and it says that Alan Shearer could return as Newcastle manager as early as next week.

However, the offer on the table from Moat is said to be below the £100M asking price that Ashley wants, and is understood to be only around £70M.

Ashley is hardly a popular guy with the Newcastle fans, having crippled the club this summer in his attempts to sell it, and he is said to be thinking of holding on for another year.  We have to hope that he will accept the Moat offer, sell up and get out of Toon – and do it quickly.

If he decides to keep the club, that will spell disaster for the club, and we’re not sure we’ll be able to put up with another year from this guy, he is just so incompetent.

Newcastle fought well yesterday at WBA, and if anything were a little unlucky not to get all 3 points, but still had the thank substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul for 4 outstanding saves in the second half, after the 21 year-old had come on for the concussed Steve Harper.

Ashley’s name was repeatedly abused by traveling Newcastle fans, as he will no doubt find out.

Keith Harris seems somewhat confident that a deal can be finalized within days, but we’ve heard that far too many times to take it too seriously, although time is certainly running out for the club to be sold, and for new players to come in to strengthen what is currently a paper thin squad.

Moat is said to be motivated to get the sale completed, so he can bring in Alan Shearer and strengthen the squad with players more suited for the Championship, and to unload still more high wage earners to reduce the crippling wage bill.

Shearer said today:

“If someone comes in and buys the football club and wants me as manager and everything is right, and they want to get the club back up to the Premier League, then I would dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season.”

“Other than that, you have to believe me when I say I don’t know anything.”  “I am still here, still in limbo. I don’t know any more than anyone else. But I want it sorted either way because of the love of the football club.”

Ashley is said to want at least £90M for Newcastle, and may yet decide to stay as owner for another year, which will be the very worst news possible for the Newcastle faithful.

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92 comments so far

  • Cooper

    Aug 9, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Have our prayers eventually been answered?…..

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  • nufcc

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #3

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/8191579.stm

    good interview from Hughton. Denies bustup between joey and colo

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Please just take us over Moat i beg and if Ashley is coming back, must be good because he wouldn’t really have much to do with it unless something was close .. anyone got any links to any newspaper stuff that i can read because i am very bored and also i think that with a new cb to partner S.Taylor and Mcormack/Beckford/Ranger to partner Carroll who is great imo. 🙂

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  • evencheezier

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #5

    i know i’ve never posted before, i’ve lurked for months but please everyone don’t get your hopes up about moat? my cousin is friends with him and he honestly just does not have the money if we want to get back in the prem. its sad but its true, if moat takes over its gonna be even worse than ashley 🙁

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  • evildick

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #6

    please, let it be over!

    there is still time, we have the foundation of a good squad…

    smith was outstanding last night!

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope Sharear and Moat both come in.

    Sharear hopefully can buy players like………

    Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Ross McCormack, Joe Ledley, Kyle Walker, Aron Gunarsson, Chris Gunter, Sotiris Ninis, Antonis Petropoulos, Simao Mate Junior, Janko ( one of europes top goal scorers). And hopefully he can start Haris Vuckic and NIle Ranger and my favorite Newcastle player Tim Krul

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Tim Krul was the best last night.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Just wait you guys Nile Ranger will do the same and be outstanding just like Tim Krul.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Haris Vuckic to follow.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Bradden Inman and Tamas Kadar too.

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  • Trent Toon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Look as fart as im concerned how Newcastle performed last night was typical. It seemed that nothing new came last night, we played the way we got relegated last season. Playing like this wont get us promoted, Under shearer the style may change which will be good.

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  • xfer

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #13

    As long as Mike is still the chairman for this season, players would not be playing with full confidence, new players would reject the situation here at Newcastle, and promotion looking bleak.

    Mike doesnt seem to want to stay for the long term, that is a huge problem. We’ve been seeking stability for years now, and this would not help.

    From a biz perspective, i can understand why Mike has not sold the club, nothing wrong with that. But he needs to learn more about football management, which he has no clue!

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  • Bill F

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #14

    One thing AS did say last night to a Lineker question, was that if he don’t get the Toon job soon, then he would be interested in other offers. I expect him to end up as our manager but it could be later rather than sooner.

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  • Bill F

    Aug 9, 2009 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyway thats my twopennorth for today, night all.

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  • Patto 76

    Aug 9, 2009 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #16

    evildick // Aug 9, 2009 at 2:28 AM

    smith was outstanding last night!

    Agreed mate. I will put my hands up to be one of the people that wanted smith out ages ago. But I think he has now found his calling. Most of his tackles last night were some of the best I have seen in years. I would even go as far to say some were “sublime”.

    I only ask why he could not produce that type of performance when he has been able to play for us in the premier league.

    Not sure if he is the right skipper for us. He was commanding at first then went quiet. Needs more experience in that role but I think he will come good in this league. I reckon joey will do well in this league too. Once the boo’s start to fade. He is a fighter and grafter and that’s we need in this league.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #17

    If West Brom Albion is prejected 1st place to promotion and we are 8th on skysports and they couldn’t beat us……………….Than something is wrong here

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  • Patto 76

    Aug 9, 2009 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #18

    They only come up with that from past seasons mate. They reckon that as WBA are a yoyo club they are predicted to finish up top. But on the other hand, this is the first time we have been down here in 17 years so will struggle.

    Predictions or odds mean nothing in this league. It’s results that count.

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  • baro

    Aug 9, 2009 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Mark Doninger (out of contract); Stewart Bath (out of contract); Adam Bell (out of contract); James Marwood (out of contract); Max Johnson (out of contract)

    Are they all out of contract? Have we gave them a contract?
    http://articles.squarefootball.net/squarefootball/2009/08/championship-200910-previews-newcastle-united.html

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 9, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Tim Krul ~~~ superman!!!

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #21

    good news if MA is coming back, as he wouldn’t just come back to take it off the market, i think a deal will be struck shortly either later today/tonight or monday i’ll just be glad to see the back of this farce, and will be happy to see moat in as new owner.

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  • AussieToon

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #22

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be true!

    If we can get in Shearer asap I can see us getting out of this league.

    We went to the hardest place first up and came out unscathed and with a better keeper!

    Shearer in, and let him get a couple of new signings and away we go lads!

    Howay the lads!

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  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 9, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #23

    We all have our opinions on players in the squad and who we would play and who we would drop.

    But leaving that side of it alone the biggest plus for me was, if WBA are the fav’ for the league we have nothing to fear, as at times we played them off the park and looked PL class.

    On the negative, individuals aside, the lack of fitness was shocking!
    First game of the season, the coaching staff should have the lads fit!
    Nolan
    R.Taylor
    Jonas
    Shola
    Carroll

    all looked drained come the last 15 – 20 minutes of the game.

    Which stretched the game and allowed WBA to get some chances. I know we played a high tempo offence/defence at the start of the 2nd half, but thats what we need to do every game for 90+ minutes!

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  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Ameobi looked drained in the first five minutes, he is rubbish and should never play again, total liability.
    Beckford looked good yesterday but i also see that Antoine Sibierski is available on a free, both would do a great job along side Andy Carrol, we cant go another painful season with Shola fouling/caught offside/missing the target/not defending at set pieces, worst player i have ever watched at the toon.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 9, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashley ready to accept a ?20m down payment
    [????] [??]
    MIKE Ashley is ready to accept a ?20m down payment in order to secure a buyer for Newcastle United.

    The embattled Magpies owner, who last night sanctioned the ?3m saleof fullback Habib Beye to Aston Villa, is willing to accept just afifth of his asking price in an attempt to kick-start a sales processthat is in danger of coming to a complete halt.

    Ashley would then loan a buyer up to ?80m, with an understandingthat the money would be paid back within a period of two or threeyears.

    Seymour Pierce, the investment brokers charged with the task ofselling Newcastle, are understood to have contacted a number ofprivate-equity investors in recent days to inform them of Ashley’swillingness to accept payment in installments.

    The change in tack is not good news for Barry Moat, the Tynesidebusinessman who is part of a consortium that is hoping to tie up a dealfor the Magpies.

    Seymour Pierce recommended that Ashley accepts Moat’s bid earlierthis week, and the businessman’s representatives met Seymour Pierceofficials on Thursday to discuss their options.

    However, Ashley’s decision to look elsewhere suggests he does not regard Moat to be a viable bidder.

    If an alternative option does not present itself by the end of nextweek, Ashley is prepared to take Newcastle United off the market untilJanuary at the earliest.

    The move would not go down well with Newcastle fans, but would atleast lead to the appointment of a permanent manager and potentiallyresult in the arrival of a small number of signings.

    For the moment, Chris Hughton remains in interim control, andhaving recorded the only win of his first two spells as manager at WestBrom, the former Spurs coach is confident his side will hit the groundrunning when they kick off their Championship campaign at the Hawthornsthis evening.
    “The feeling I get from the players is that they’re determined to do well at West Brom and nothing else matters,”

    said Hughton. “We’ll be going down there confident we can win the game.

    “We’ve had a good training group and, contrary to what’s been said, the atmosphere has been good. It’s been very good.

    All you can do is get on with the job in hand.”

    With Nicky Butt nursing a broken hand, Alan Smith will skipper the Magpies for the first time in a senior fixture.

    The former Leeds midfielder is still to score his first senior goalfor the club, but Hughton insists he possesses the leadership qualitiesNewcastle will need if they are to push for promotion.

    “Alan’s had a good pre-season, he’s respected by all the lads, andhe’s a player of experience and that lends itself to that position, hesaid.

    “In this period, I have to name a captain. We all know if it (themanagerial situation) changes, somebody might have their own ideas, butwith Nicky out, for me it’s the right choice.”

    The latest player to quit the club is Beye, who last night signed athree-year deal with Aston Villa after a hectic day of negotiationsthat saw him discussing his future with officials from Villa and Hull.

    Villa matched Hull’s ?3m bid and with the Tigers reluctant to offerthe Senegal international a three-year deal, Beye opted to travel tothe Midlands to discuss personal terms.

    The former Marseille skipper made 54 appearances for the Magpies after moving from the Stade Velodrome in August 2007.

    Like Beye, Sebastian Bassong, who joined Tottenham late on Thursdayin an ?8m deal that could eventually rise beyond ?10m, voiced hisdispleasure at life on Tyneside at the start of the week.

    But having been officially unveiled at White Hart Lane yesterday,the 23-year-old claimed he had no regrets about his season at St James’Park.
    “It has been an interesting year and I learned a lot at Newcastle,” said Bassong.

    “I’m really happy to have played for Newcastle, but had to move to improve myself and make a step forward in my career.

    “I’m sure Spurs will be a good thing for me. The manager is famouswith a good reputation, that is why I didn’t hesitate to come here.”

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 9, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Ashley ready to accept a 20m pound down payment

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  • MarinerUK

    Aug 9, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Alan Oliver says Mr Moat only wants a box not the club, thought it was too good to be true.

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  • magforlife

    Aug 9, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Judging by the press reports this morning, they were gutted we put a good show on at West Brom, most saying we were fortunate?
    If thats us in disarray and they are favourites for the championship, two or three signings and we will do ok.
    Thought Smith Nolan Taylor Carrol and Krul all had had good games and the press should have recognized this.
    Also if Barton had been on earlier we would have won.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #29

    I just hope if Shearer does come back he won’t just stick with his pals Butt and Harper.
    He has to see the bigger picture and that Krul is the best young keeper in the world.
    I very much doubt Harper would have saved any of those ”certain goals” yesterday.
    Also although I’ve never been a fan of Smith previously, there is no way Butt should come back in that position now. Smith was immense.

    I have been advocating bringing the youngsters in for years and a competent, attack minded manager would bring Kadar in for Colo, Lua for Spidey, Vuksic / Inman for Nolan and Ranger for Shola.

    Get rid of barton’s disruptive, petulant nonsense and I really think we could be flying.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #30

    i’ve really got a good feeling about this take over, i think it will be completed within the next couple of days.
    i hope the flight attandents give him shite service and if the plane crashes then hopefully he won’t be near the black box, cos if thats the only bit they expect to get back, we don’t want ashley strapped to it

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Patto 76 agree aboot smith

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  • Graeme

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #32

    No doubt in my mind that as long as Ranger is fit, Shola is a bench player – he has pace to burn, skill Shola can only dream about and can play people in with his knock-downs.

    Add a bit of pace on the wing, some creativity in mid-field, teach Spidey how to cross a ball once he’s beaten his man and the squad can most certainly make the play-offs at the very least.

    Having criticised Smith for the last 2 years, he was a different player yesterday. He put in a full shift and then some – he must have covered every blade of grass, driving forward, tackling back – he deserved his man of the match.

    If they continue to demonstrate the level of passsion and determination shown yesterday, we could have a very good season ahead.

    Only news we need to hear now id the Mr Ashley has sold the club and returned to wherever he came from – would make a good weekend a fantastic one.

    Taxi for Mr Ashley please!!

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #33

    komfort been realy p:ssed off lately m8 but yep waggon still intacted

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #34

    and ashley fck off kp you fat useless tw@t

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  • batty

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #35

    and komort and rodzilla are bum chums just thought ide let yous know

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Nothing impossible in football world.

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Nick D

    You’re spot on there pal, Krul was awesome between the sticks yesterday and not sorry to say this but Harper’s days are numbered.

    Smith was fantastic, has a point o prove to himself after last year’s substantial absence – he was on fire and there’s no way Butt can compete with him for this position.

    Jonas – really surprised, beat their LB every time yesterday but failed to deliver decent crosses to Carrol, and as for Ameobi, well, Nile Ranger showed more character in the 2 minutes he was on the park for then Ameobi did all match.

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  • komfort

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #38

    good to see your ok batty….just polished off the remains of last night’s ruby..very nice

    steve_48 agree completly re: ranger/ameobi.

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  • pondering

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #39

    hmmm

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  • Ericles

    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Get off the plane Ashley, sell to Moat, and get back on it! I heard Ashley was only out in Hawaii for a lei (pronounced lay) which is a garland of flowers. Also – well played Smithy at West Brom.

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