Official Announcement On Newcastle Sale This Monday


Reports coming in are that Newcastle will make an announcement on Monday over efforts to sell the club.

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Mike Ashley – decision will be made today we think

Owner Mike Ashley was expected to make a decision sometime today on the sale and whether to keep the club for another year.

He has apparently given Barry Moat until 5:00 pm Newcastle time to make the deal.

And there still seem to be talks continuing with local businessman Barry Moat. And it could be that talks are also ongoing with two other consortia, but that’s less certain.

Ashley wants a £100m deal for the club, or else reports suggest he will just not sell.

It’s true that the longer things go on without a sale being reached, the more likely it will be that Ashley will stay.

We hope some news will filter through about the decision before Monday, but if Ashley decides to keep the club he will need to make a decision over his new manager.

With Chris Hughton doing so well with Colin Calderwood we have to think this points to Joe Kinnear being given the job again.

That’s even if it means waiting a month or two for Joe to be fully fit after his open heart surgery in February, because Hughton and Calderwood seem to have the support of the players at the club.

We don’t think Chris Hughton is the right man to remain in charge but he’s shown he’s an excellent coach, as is Colin Calderwood, and we would expect them both to stay on at Newcastle.

The squad is threadbare right now and whoever is announced owner and manager will need to get new players in quickly.

On Monday there will be just over a week left in the transfer window, what a ridiculous situation to be in.

We also think if Ashley strays then some players will want to leave, and we expect Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt may be two of them.

Now we have a few days to wait – well we’ve already waited almost 13 weeks – in fact on Sunday it will be 13 weeks since we were relegated by losing 1-0 at Villa Park.

We think if Ashley stays on, it will be very difficult to get the fans behind him, since he’s not well liked at all on Tyneside, and that’s putting it mildly.

Comments welcome.



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138 comments so far

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    he will sell Moat wouldn’t be there for no reason they were probably going to announce it today but just tying up loose ends and also Monday is the next working day so i am 90% sure Moat will buy us!

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  • Doocey

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    I can’t see an announcement being made today or even on Monday.
    I hope I’m proved wrong but I’m never too sure with Ashley!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    remember no business ever gets done at weekends. and remember, the banks are not open on weekends also, c’mon moat please buy us

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it will all take place today as Friday is normally the day when the solicitors tranfer funds.

    Then they will give Moat the weekend to get a few things in place and then make an announcment on Monday.

    HOWAY MOAT
    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Doocey

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Any more info Geordie? 😀

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    GG – exactly.

    Plus moat could be transfering today but setting the press conference for monday, who knows

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  • CarolinaMag

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Whilst i would like to see the sale go through, i am very doubtful that it will happen.

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  • jckie15

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    lads lets not get ahead of ourselves, there has been no word from st james just from the times newspaper not exactly mr.reliable i nthe newpaper world….if i were you i would expect ashley to keep it….anything above that is a bonus

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  • hitman

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    where did DC get (ashley taking full control and will be here for next 2 years) from.

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Monday, Wednsday, Sunday, Next Week, Last Week, Other Week, End of the Month, Beginning of the month, After the holidays, Tomorrow, Until 5PM, Until 10Pm

    STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enough !!!

    just give us the answer. One or the other. Its driving me crazy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Moat, Do you have the money, or not.

    Mashley, Are you going to sell or not?

    Just f****ing tell us already !

    I hate these people. I even hate Moat already.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #11

    nah like i say doocey, i will not get any more infol regarding the sale as these are very delicate stages, it will be pretty much water tight. anyone that does claim to have any info will be talking complete ballacks.

    lets all prey,

    please god let most take us over, bring in shearer, who will then bring rob lee, carver, speed, dowie who will all then bring in jermain beckford as our number 9

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  • hitman

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #12

    i dont know why people are hoping its moat,he hasnt a pot to pi$$ in.

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  • Big Gaz

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Dont know why but I have a gut feeling that Moat will come o board with Ashley and the two of them run the club together..

    Maybe this might not be such a bad thing if we could have oth lads putting money into the club and a local lad steering the ship in the direction that the fans want.

    Moat so I understand is a fan of Shearere, but Shearer has let it be known that he will never work under Ashley.

    Look on the brightside lads,, we are still in the FA cup, the league cup and 3rd in the league 🙂

    who knows…win automatic promotion…win the FA cup and this time next year we are back in the premiership and also in Europe….ha

    Im off to take my medication now..

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  • sahota

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t have any hope for Monday. Many Mondays have gone 🙂

    Everyone is enjoy making fool of us.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Oleg – I can see hows its frustrating and im always the first to attempt to put my head through a wall when we get good news followed by bad followed by good followed by bad excessively BUT theres no reason to hate Moat.

    Fact is, and this is in any business deal, it was supposed to be done in secrecy. Moat is clearly an official bidder as after signing the non disclosure documents that the real bidders had to sign he kept silent and still is after someone else leaked his identity. He’s a business man and clearly he is keen to live up to the signed document which shows decency, integrety and professionalism.

    If nothing at all was said it would have been better and time would have flown but as this is football and the media go nuts on the sport, fans go nuts on the sport and everybody wants to know every little thing this is getting blown up and giving everyone mixed views.

    I for one hope Moat comes in unless one of the other two bidders happens to be a toon fan with hundreds of billions to burn of course!

    Either way i THINK the end is in sight lads…. let us prey.

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  • stafford

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Doesnt Moat buy and sell on behalf of people. I thought Moat was the one that brought Ashley here in the first place. I believe he bought £18M of land at Dinnington on behalf of someone too – I may be wrong. I thought he was doing this on behalf of a US consortium.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    ….off topic, coz I can’t be @rsed with all this b0ll0cks anymore, but, BATTY, RYANTOON, KOMFORT or any other gamblers out there, I’m off to the Dogs at Owlerton Stadium tonight, anyone got any tips? Been there a few times but divnt really understand it, more of a night out.

    Cheers in advance, and extra special thanks to the inevitable joke replies.

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  • Tel

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Thats a bit strong oleg, we cant judge moat until he is confirmed owner, we cant hate him because he has been unable to raise the finance if thats the case. We cant expect miracles. We nned to look at the way the club has been run for years, Sir John hall may have give us good football, but also lined his pockets, as did, Douglas and fat freddy (who has been quiet lately) Thye were the initial problems, Ashley thought he could make big bucks, but was stitched up by The previous owners. Sir John Hall actually said he was hanging on to his shares til the right man came along. What he meant was that he knew the then situation was unsustainable, and the right man who came along was the first who didnt want to do due dilligence. I for one dont want to go down that road again, because I dont want an owner who treats us as invisible. Get it sorted properly, plan ahead and we will be premiership giants again. Rush it and we risk another owner such as we have now. Which do you prefer?

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  • jckie15

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #19

    RODZILLA – RAPAREE HONCHO I NTHE 4TH 😉

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  • premier

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Hey Rodz if yer gannin to the dogs my tip is to take fat freddie and young hall as they seem to be able to spot a good dog!!

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  • MarinerUK

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Any news if Moat or Ashley are going to Selhurst tomorrow? If Moat is there then I think its pretty much obvious that he has bought the club.

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Magpietillidie22

    Ill tell you why I hate everybody already, including moat. Because he knows that doesn’t matter if he talks to the press or not (or one of his people) If he bring the 100M, then Ashley will sell, and doesn’t matter the rest.

    So I think if not Ashley. At least the Moat people need to talk to the press and tell us what is going on. Or at least give a statement.

    It’s impossible to wait and wait and get nothing at all.

    I just don’t see why Monday. Why today is not good. If it is closed (and no business will be made tomorrow and on Sunday), then why not to talk.

    :(….

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Tel. You know what I prefer. We all prefer the same.

    One thing I know for sure, is that I don’t want Ashley. So I want him out. Thats it. No one can be worse !!! so I want the one who is less worse. (Is that proper english? less worse? hh…. 🙂 )

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24

    ….jckie15, will keep an eye out for it mate, cheers!

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  • Oleg G

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #25

    MarinerUK – what is Selhurst ?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Oleg – as i said i am just as frustrated but Tel summed it up comment 17, I would prefer the new owner did a real due dilagence on the club and had the best intentions for its future. If it takes longer than Ashley who clearly has no idea what hes doing then so be it as long as we get someone with enough time to sort it before the transfer deadline. After that then we will be clutching at straws till jan.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #27

    …only in houses of ill repute though, premier. Unfortunately.

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  • jckie15

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    You want me to put a positive spin on it all? They are not announcing it until monday because then they can get the team out on saturday fully focussed on beating palace, then they will announce it sunday / monday and be free to answer any questions without match preparation being interuptted also press conferences usually come a couple of days after announcements so they have a couple of days to prepare that too as well as getting in a manager and quick over the weekend as they only have 1 week to sign players….

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  • komfort

    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #29

    zilla , try having a reverse forcast of 4/6 in each race and you should be ok..

    ….batty’s been going to the dogs for years.

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  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed, with Chris Hughton doing so well with Colin Calderwood we have to think this points to Joe Kinnear being given the job again.”

    Apart from that hypothesis refelecting Ashely’s inverse logic, why should JK be appointed – especially given his track record. For heaven’s sake, Hughton/ Calderwood have a better record in %age terms!

    We also think if Ashley strays [sic]… I like it Ed…. a little peek into the subconscious?

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Lets hope its not a case of Bob Geldof – I Don’t Like Mondays!!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #32

    If Ashley stays then we are finished as aclub of any signifigance I know for a fact he told Simon Jordan at Crystal Palace that if he didn’t sell SJP he’d turn it into a giant car park. He doesn’t give a flying f*ck about the club & hates the fans because we turned on him over the KK saga.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #33

    cheers Komfort

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  • Johno Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #34

    jackie that is very good way of lloking at it , if moat is to buy the club that makes perfect sense

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  • Johno Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #35

    how do you know that geordieoonsooth?

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  • Chris G

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Oleg G – MarinerUK was referring to Selhurst Park, the home ground of Crystal Palace, where we will be playing tomorrow

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    32 Geordiedoonsooth // Aug 21, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    If Ashley stays then we are finished as aclub of any signifigance I know for a fact he told Simon Jordan at Crystal Palace that if he didn’t sell SJP he’d turn it into a giant car park. He doesn’t give a flying f*ck about the club & hates the fans because we turned on him over the KK saga.
    ……………………………………………….

    Might be a good idea about the car park. It’s murder trying to find a space on match days.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Reports coming in that tomorrow will be Saturday zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • estechco

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Hope I’m wrong, but I can’t see the deal being done. I think Ashley staying on is the more likely announcement.

    Still, it gives the Sundays one more shot at wild speculative journalism

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #40

    And you will see the topic ” D-day on friday” again and when friday comes you will see “Decision made tomorrow” After that ” Newcastle will complete take over within this week ”

    Ok but nothing happen !!!! that’s fact !!!!!!!!

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