New Bidder In For Newcastle – We Don’t Think So

We saw this report in the Mirror late last night, but were very sceptical of it, and we have to remember today is Sunday.

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Mike Ashley – he looks like Newcastle fans feel – miserable

The news is that a new far east bidder may make an offer directly to Ashley for the Newcastle club in the next few days.

This bidder si though to have no connection with Moat or other previously mentioned contenders – and could show their hand before Wednesday.

We would almost dismiss this as a made up story but we have no proof one way or the other.

And it’s now known whether the latest interested party is willing to match Ashley’s official asking price of £100M, although we think not.

And Barry Moat’s presence next to Ashley in the directors’ box during last night’s home game could be seen as proof he could be close to a deal to buy the club.

Certainly we were surprised they were sitting next to each other with Derek LLambias on Moat’s other side.

The odds are still on Ashley taking the club off the market, but the Sunday Sun today is suggesting that Mike may ask Moat to join the board, with a view to appointing Alan Shearer as manager.

Where they got that news from we have no idea, but it would be a decent compromise and it’s intriguing.

But Ashley was given a reminder yesterday that Newcastle fans do not hold him in high esteem to say the least, and the responsibility for the terrible shape of our squad and the club in general lies at his feet.

There is still a possibility that David O’Leary will relent on his money demands and take the helm on Tyneside if Ashley decides to keep the club.

After being 3 years out of the game and not to take the Newcastle opportunity over compensation seems a weak reason for David to turn down the job.

Where’s his ambition?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1


  • batty

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    as sjt would say plop

  • AussieToon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    With Moat sitting in the middle of Ashley and Llambias, I think the decision lies in them.

    Also after the win, the camera went towards them and Moat was looking at the field clapping, Ashley and Llambias shook hands, nodded to each other and said “Well done”.

    Do not know the significance of it, maybe it is indeed nothing and my mind like most Newcastle fans are playing havoc because of the situation but I found the whole situation weird.

    I have to think if Moat is able to sit with them that a deal is close. If Ashley was making it very hard for him he may not have been acting as happy as he was with Ashleys presence around him.

    Who am I kidding, I do not have a clue……Still have that bad feeling.

  • MarinerUK

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Here we go again….

  • batty

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    AussieToon but they are mates like there involved in some charity together or sumit

  • AussieToon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah understand that batty, but you would think if Ashley was playing it tough on Moat they would not have seemed as happy as they were.

    As I said, I dunno….

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha I’ll second that Batty….PLOP
    And Ryan zzzzzzzzz I second that too 🙂

    Great to get a win under our belts yesterday think we all needed a lift.

  • SJS

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    It has been nice to read about the football for a few hours and now it’s back to the lies and speculation again!
    Major competitors this season are West Brom, Boro and Sheff Utd.
    Any thoughts?

  • ToonRich

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, you said yourself there is no proof either way regarding any new bidder, out of curiosity why report it?

    I’m a little sad your blog is becoming a re-hash of the other media reports…what happened to creating your own stuff and giving a good opinion for us to debate :-/

  • Graeme

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    A Moat/ Ashley partnership could work out very well indeed for everyone.

    Moat brings in some much needed funding, buy’s a substantial share in the club and becomes MD replacing Lambsarse. He appoints Shearer as Manager (although not my choice) and takes over the day to day running of the Club.

    MA gets a huge burdon off his shoulders, can relax a bit knowing he has someone on board who really will look after the clubs interest as he has a substantial stake in it. Moat doesnt have to rely on Barclays to help him fund the purchase of the whole club which frees up money for incoming players etc

    A win – win situation, in the best interests of NUFC – wouldnt that be a novel idea??
    Hope it works and brings an end to the current state of permanent crisis we seem to be in!!!

  • Toonmania

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    more bull from the sunday press, hopefully this mess will be sorted this week, then we can get back to doing what we do best, supporting the team 110% and they deserve for it to be sorted now after that MASSIVE win and effort yesterday.
    we should have learnt by now not to read the sunday papers they have been full of shite about us for the last year, so why should today be any differant
    Hooway the lads 🙂

  • batty

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    AussieToon i know what you mean m8 and heres hoping but i think it is wishfull thinkin m8

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    I just want stability and some good young signings that want the shirt and play with blood and thunder.

    I was prepared to forgive Ashley at Xmas….but under this regime I have just felt that he he has strung us all along and his indecisiveness upset our little apple cart far too much.

  • batty

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    sjt >>>>>I was prepared to forgive Ashley at Xmas<<<< aye he nearly got y lol

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Moat is just a glory hunter, his bid is off. He’s just happy to be in the limelight, to be honest I don’t have a great impression of that man.

  • batty

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    i put it doon to months off brain washing from stardy

  • UTD111

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Moat? I never trust a bloke who clearly dyes his hair ;O/

    Wonder if any of the “big clubs” (LOL) will be after stroller on monday?? Must be the top scorer in the fizzy league……Mackems? £10Mill??

  • Mikey25

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Hmmmmmm the Moat/MA combo sounds like a very good idea! MA gets financial backing, its gives Moat potentially the time he needs to find more backing to buy the club next year! Plus Shearer at the helm and everything back on plan!!

    But again…….its too logical for MA, JFK round 2 dingding followed by a mass exodus of players!!! If nothing is done by Friday we are royally screwed!!!!

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #19

    I think i remember derek lamraise ( or however you spell his stupid name ) saying in those interviews in jan that ashley may look for someone else to come and help out , maybe this is an option with moat and his mysterios american backer , thats if there is an american backer

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Toonrich – The blog has never been about Ed making his own headlines. All he has ever done is bring all the various news (lies) reports together on here for US to talk about.
    WTF do you want? If he makes stuff up and gets it wrong you’ll slag him off for that too.
    If you dont like the blog, then dont bother coming on here.
    OR, if you can do better then F U C K O F F and do it.
    No??? Thought not. K N O B.

  • mylestoon

    Aug 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Aussie toon…. i noticed that yesterday as well. Looked as though moat was looking at his club and ashley and lamarse were sorta saying goodbye. very surreal picture.

    But, i do agree with batty as well, with our luck, it will mean nothing.

    I would love to see andrew driver, jermaine beckford and mark beevers at the club. they would thicken out the squad!

  • repo

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    laugh all you want this bid is true and its the D.I.C. Group..Again..

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #23

    ToonRich, what blog have you been reading recently? It’s no different to what it’s always been. Ed’s over in the US for f*ck’s sake, he can hardly come and do his own journalism work, stalking out the stadium etc… He’s always reposted other reports here – that’s why I come here, he’s decent enough to get up every day, find every story going and post them here, all in one place.

    He makes it pretty clear here that he (like all of us) see this story as Sunday rag bullsh*t but he keeps us informed of it anyway.

    What more can the man do?!

    From my point of view Ed the blog’s as good as ever. Thanks for all the hard work…

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #24

    and you know this how exactly???

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I never believe there is a bidder

  • Solaidback

    Aug 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #26

    This is another Mackem windup to stop Ashley from taking the club off the market, so that we can get some players in before the transfer window closes in 2 week!!
    As if this was a real bid, they would want to do due dilligence & that would take another 2 weeks, then they would turn around & say, no we don’t want to buy, by which time we wouldn’t be able to appoint a new manager & get players in!!

    On the other hand, it could be true & maybe the new bidder is from India & wants to meet Ashley face2face & he’ll turn up with 2 suitcases with £100m in cash ready to buy the club, hoping Ashley will take the money & run, without having to pay Seymour Harris a percentage 🙂

  • chuck

    Aug 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #27

    How long does it take before the fact there`s not going to be a sale, becomes obvious to all and it becomes a moot point.
    Interesting speculation concerning Moat`s possible involvment as a minor partner and as a
    solution to the present situation, however I think we can discount that happening (two big dogs wont work)
    As far as any other bidders, fugedaboudit !
    So MA is about to lead us into the Championship with barely enough pro`s on the books (following proposed sales) to field a team and bench.
    But with a much lower wage ratio, resulting in our having to beg for players on loan or find those on Bosman`s in order to be able to survive (not compete) in the dvision.
    Who to blame,
    The worldwide recession
    The fans
    Big Sam
    The players
    Specific players= name one
    Oh!Dennis Wise
    The cockney mafia
    The southern press
    The evening chronicle


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