Qatar Group Interested In Buying Newcastle United

Before we go any further with this story, let’s say that after what happened last week, we expected the gossip press to start reporting stuff about groups being interested in buying Newcastle United – whether they are true or not – so take this story with a large  pinch of salt.

Mike Ashley – current owner of Newcastle United

The report today is that Qatari investors (well that’s as good as anything) are believed to be interested in buying Newcastle United to develop their own global football network.

A group of companies (who are they?) from the Middle Eastern country, which will host the World Cup in 2022 , are apparently linked closely with the Qatar Foundation.

The group is interested in getting into Premier League ownership and have put Newcastle at the top of their list according to the Daily Mail – well it’s got to be true then. 😀

Newcastle owner owner Mike Ashley, who is immensely disliked by the Geordie fans, may be prepared to sell, even though he said a few weeks back that the club was not up for sale. That sounds right?

The story says Mike Ashley has put £300M into the club but might be willing to sell for £200M – yeah right – that must have been how he became a Billionaire.

There’s just  no way Mike will sell the Newcastle club at a loss.

Notice in this story no real group has been identified at all, just that they are linked with the Qatar Foundation, so you cannot even go check up to see who they are and how viable they may be.

And we think this has very very little chance of bring true, and is probably another move by the gossip press to unsettle the Newcastle United club.

But even at 1% chance of being true, we suppose there’s still hope.

That miniscule chance (or is it hope?) reminds us of that film (Dumb and Dumber?) when the girl, who Jim Carrey’s character  really liked, said that even if he was the last man on earth she wouldn’t be interested –  and he said “great!! – so I still have a chance!” 😀

And don’t forget England lost the World Cup in 2018,  according to those who voted – because of the gossip press in England – but the press  just doesn’t believe them.

That’s convenient.

Comments welcome.

68 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Alcohol banned from the stadium, woman in veils, legs and arms covered, no removal of shirts. Maybe a case of, better the devil you know.

  • dawid182

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    No! Let his owner be English! for an English Club! i think….does not need to buy all of the stars! it would be, if Qatari Group would be owner.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3


  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    i was waiting for this type of article.

    Now lets assume this to be true. I think Ashley will scre them off with the asking price as he did with current owners of man city.

    i hope this be true as they cannot be worse than ashley for sure.

    Nothing can be

  • Chris F

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, cos that’s what’s happened at Man City, isn’t it, GeordieGerman? Jesus wept.

    Anyway, it’s the Daily Mail, therefore complete made up rubbish.

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    If there is a semblence of trusth in this, let’s hope there’s not a repeat of what’s supposed to have happened.

    If you remember, MA and Mr Wise decided to wait for a call from the supposedly interested Dubai based investors in a bar!

    Fingers crossed though!

  • nufclewizc

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    this is true! the group is the qatar royal family who are looking to buy a club after their recent world cup success! the prince said last week they were interested in tottenham, everton and newcastle. newcastle are at the top because they are the cheapest option and have the best stadium atm so no need to invest in it. however everton are now ruled out.but tottenham are also a great prospect club because they are already in europe and may possibly be moving into the new olympic stadium. the reason alan pardew is manager is because he owes ashley money. he is in debt because of the casino. he has a 500k sacking fee. this is because when the qatar group buy newcastle and sack him, he gets 500k which goes straight back to ashleys pocket.

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Not sure if it would be a good thing we could turn in to a Man Shity with loads of players only here for the money and kids being forgotten. I’d rather we built up the club over a period of time were self sufficient and had a team with a few big names & lots of very good kids from the youth team.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    GeordieGerman – thats only in their country mate, not here in the UK.. lol

    They also don’t allow anyone with an Israeli passport into their country but they’ve got amend their laws due to Israel being a member of Uefa or they wouldn’t get the WC in 2022!!

    To be honest, I read about this on the website over a week ago –
    so it’s not being first reported in the Daily mail, tho it could be a crap-loid rehash to get readers… !!

    Personally I think there maybe some truth in this as Qatar needs to boost its footballing image & where better than a club which has the 3rd biggest ground in England, the 3rd-4th best attendance in the PL, a worldwide fan base & a history of tradition like ours!! the other clubs mentioned are the Toffee’s & Spurts, both of which would need massive investment in a new stadium, which we don’t!!!

    Fingers crossed summit will happen!!

  • dawid182

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    charlietoon, what do u not understand?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Solaidback, pleased someone saw it as the joke it was meant to be.

  • dawid182

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    we don’t need owner, who buys all stars!thereabouts

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Hey ED!

    Is it me or you just changed the pic at the top where PARDEW is looking worried and scratching his head.

    If yes Nice WITT 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    GG – sorry mate, didn’t know you were joking, just uninformed 😉

    I agree we don’t want to be like Manc ‘cheating’Citey with overpaid, under achievers on our books, so if & its a massive ‘if’ someone like this does take over the club, lets hope they’re sensible in how they run it & not spend nearly £300m on players who’re only interested in their wage packet & not the shirt!!!

    So only give the manager £50m warchest every window & a wage cap of say £75k a week for players, that way, we can get decent players & not ruin the team spirit ike it has at Manc Citey!!!

    Oh it’s nice to dream isn’t it lol 😉

  • Davies

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    I commented in a previous post about this, and my conclusion was (and I’m sorry about this), I’d rather Ashley didn’t sell to the Qatari Group.

    The problem I anticipate is that oil rich owners are prepared to make massive investment in a current playing squad without giving a lot of thought to bringing the younger players. When success isn’t delivered, there is upheaval on a scale even NUFC can’t match. Have a look at Blackburn, who could well be managerless for the rest of the season.

    As long as Ashley is prepared to let Pardew get on with his job, without being trigger happy, and continue to bring players through, with the odd investment in experienced first teamers, I think we’re better off with what we have.

  • SirJohnTudor

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Be careful what you wish for.
    Let me make it clear, I dislike Ashley as much as anyone, but despite his crass ineptitude, we have a bunch of players who understand the clsub and the fans and above all else want to wear the shirt and play with pride.
    If anything like this ever happens, which I doubt, because of Ashleys insatiable greed, just see what is happening at Citeh. Do their players give a stuff about the club? No! When the next bidder comes in for them, they’ll be off. They may be able to go and buy anyone they want and yes, they may win something soon, but how hollow will that be?
    You can kiss goodbye to any youth development, and we will just be paraded as their plaything across the middle east. Is that what our club deserves?
    Worse still, imagine how Blackburn fans feel about being a marketing campaign for chicken dinners.
    We all want Ashley out, but I suggest it should only be to someone who wants to build on what we have not trash our heritage on a whim

  • Davies

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    My point exactly Sir John.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Just like I was saying SJT…. 😉

  • leedodd

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Crikey all it is Once Again is The Dail Mail Causing More trouble Just Incase we win against Birmingham He wont sell us Just To Hack us All Off !!! We Don’t want Ashley as Owner or do we want Camel Shaggin Owners Either !!!!!! Maybe a Mate of the Man City Owner ?? Few Hundred Million Billion In The wallet !!!!

  • arcarius

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d rather have Cashley in charge for now, period.
    Despite all the horrible things that he had done, gota admit he’s balancing our debt book pretty well

    And just look at Citeh, would you guys want prima donnas that play for the club even though we might enjoy success with them?

    I dont, I’d rather have this current bunch of lads who have wonderful team spirits and will do everything they possibly can for the team. 🙂

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t want us like man city players who think they are better then everyone no manager can handle them and what happens when they get bored and they have poured in 500milion no one will buy it I see these big clubs struggling in years to come I’d rather build like we are doin

  • John Hoy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    It sounds like another load of tosh in exactly the same vein that we were forced to listen to the last time the club was under the microscope of the press. The only way the story can be given the credibility of at least being possible (from the fans perspective) is if the facts fit the theory, which they very loosley do. No sooner has the story been printed do you start reading the rabid posts from fans who almost involuntarily begin reciting a tired old sales pitch. “oh Newcastle have……blah blah….” of course they’ll want to buy us!!

    Would love it to be true but let’s not forget we are Newcastle fans & as such we should be well used to this sort of shite.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    I wonder if it’s the same lot that just agreed to sponsor Barcelona for £125million over 5 years?

    I couldn’t care less who buys the club, as long as
    1. They run it better than Ashley
    2. They provide decent amounts for transfers
    3. They leave SJP as it is thank you
    4. They actually communicate to the fans
    5. They share our ambition to be a top club
    6. They pump more into youth football
    7. They sell, Smith and Strola immediately

    That’ll do me.

    Here’s to being The Entertainers again!

  • SirJohnTudor

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Davies & Soaidback
    I think we were writing at the same time! Glad there are others who feel the same.
    Even if it was true…which I doubt as it has come from the daily mail amongst others, now they’re bored talking about how unfair it has been for Fat Sam.
    We get 100% media coverage for a whole week when CH was sacked, Blackburn and FSA get 2 days.
    More people, supporters or not, care about our club and what happens there, & finally FSA is getting found out. Future England manager – God help us! He’s already had too many chcicken dinners

  • boater

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed what ARE YOU ON??? To be hoping this happens? PLEASE GOD NO.

    I would hate, hate, hate our club to go the way of City – reckless spending on over-hyped players-of-the-moment, super-club rejects, etc.

    As someone said above – it’s hollow and unfeeling. It’s as meaningful as the x-factor getting to no. 1. It’s only because charvs and menopausal housewives are being brainwashed into it.. not cos they are talented or the song is half decent.

    A 10-15mil investment in the winter in two or three young players please. Build it over time, keep the momentum we have.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Guys, this wasn’t reported first in the DailyStale today, it was posted on the websh!te over a week ago, so if it’s not true, which it most likely isn’t, then its a rehash from back then, it’s not a DailyStale story ok….

    Then on the other hand, if it is true, what makes me laugh is all of those who come on here & sh!te all over Ashley in one breath & then say they would rather have him than some Qatar Royal family who may or may not turn us into another Manc Citey style club with the next breath!!!

    Talk about fickle fans or what…. make yer frakin minds up…. when Ashley didn’t sell to the Abu Dahbi state, you wished he did, now you don’t want him to sell & you’re happy with what we have now!!! jeeezzzzzz!!!

  • wynsleap

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    I can understand and appreciate all the concerns Toon supporters may have over this but if it is true and it does happen it could be the best thing that could happen to this club.
    Yes maybe we could have a set of owners who want to buy everything going and perhaps create a team of self serving individuals rather than eleven (or more) committed players as we have at present.
    However what is the alternative?
    Ashley going on ad infinitum treating the Geordie paying public with disdain, lying and generally causing an atmosphere of distrust and loathing?
    If new rich owners were to appoint the right people in Management and Board level it COULD work.
    At least we’d enjoy the ride and possibly have a chance at winning things.
    Let’s not be afraid to ditch Ashley and wave him goodbye because, let’s face it when you look back, what the Hell has he done for us except treat Toon individuals and supporters and the stadium itself with contempt and oversee a relegation season which prior to that had never even been thought of?

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    i would prefer to have an owner who is prepared to come in and pump millions into youth development like signing loads of the best brazilian and spanish coaches…also who will yes give the manager backing with plenty of money but i agree with the wage cao even if we say 100k a week max we can sign some good players to compliment the couple we already have..but i would prefer to sing good young english players like albrighton/jarvis/shawcross players who can grow at our club and are already good we could turn them into superstars even wak a cheaky bid in for adam johnson and obv keep ben arfa ha..i dont want ashley but i also dont want someone who is going to buy every big name under the sun on like 200k per week

  • boater

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Edd Case – you would certainly get your wish to have a bunch of players playing for you who didn’t have any sense of loyalty, connection or pride in the club or city. You strike me as the type who would sell your mother for a crate of beer.

    Not me; success without a bit of pride and integrity in having done it the right way, would leave a very hollow feeling- you’re welcome to it.

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #30

    @19 Leedodd, with language like that ‘ Camel Shaggin Owners’ won’t even entertain the prospect.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Boater – so are you saying that you’d rather we win nothing the way we are because without some serious investment, which we all know Ashley isn’t prepared to give us, we’ve got no chance of ever getting a trophy above the likes of Chelski, Arse-nil, Manc Usa, Manc ‘cheating’ Citey otherwise yeah??

    Yeah I get the point of over investing like Manc Citey have done & I would like any new owner to cap the warchest at around £50m & a wage cap of say £75k per week because I don’t think we need to be too outside our current revenue & I know if someone like the Qatar Royal Family did buy us off Ashley, they’d get all the right people in the right places & hopefully carry on what we currently have, I now I would if I was buying the club!!!

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    To be honest, I think Fifa need to add an extra rule to their new Financial Rules when they impliment them, I think they need to add a wage cap too all players, no matter who they are!!!

  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #34

    I can see the Quatari’s buying out the Yids.

    Like several other posters, faced with this alternative to the despicable Ashley, I’d just fee the club was moving further away from the city and the supporters with a new magnate owner who buys NUFC from a catalogue. Whether they are Texan oil barons, Arab royals or Indian chicken-stranglers its hardly a step towards fan ownership and participation.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    Sav, what are the chances of fan ownership, especially when 80% of fans don’t even like the NUST in the first place?? lus we don’t have £200-300m to buy the club off Ashley & I for one don’t know of any Geordie Billionaires, do you??

    I would like an owner who was willing to invest in our club, someone like Randy Leaner, who’s put money into development & the player staff, who backed his manager & didn’t get involved… so if this story has any credence, then I for one would back it & hope that they run our club in a fit & proper manner, not do a Manc Citey!!!

  • boater

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    “Solaidback // Dec 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Boater – so are you saying that you’d rather we win nothing the way we are because without some serious investment, which we all know Ashley isn’t prepared to give us, we’ve got no chance of ever getting a trophy above the likes of Chelski, Arse-nil, Manc Usa, Manc ‘cheating’ Citey otherwise yeah??”

    Solaidback – Yes I am saying that. I’d prefer a top 6/7 finish with our current squad, than a trophy gained by a bunch of mercenaries that couldn’t point to newcastle on the map if you asked them.

    Also, I disagree, the league has never been more open. City – despite the breathtaking over-spending in players, are well beatable. Chelsea and Manure have stood still whilst others have made up ground, and liverpool are all ower the shop.

    Arsenal are the club/ team in the best health for me, and they are the ones that have refused to panic and spend gratuitously. There’s a lesson there.

  • BillBurch

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    I would agree with most people on here, be careful what you wish for! I also agree that Ashley seems to have stabilised the finances. I don’t know but I’m willing to bet that our debt is less and more manageable than many other PL clubs. The problem is that it may all be part of Ashley’s “master plan” to present the club in the best possible light so that a new owner can be found. I’m wary of foreign owners, they have no association with this country or the regions, no knowledge of our culture and strength of feeling about our clubs and to be honest all that money is ruining football! It’s difficult to move high-earning under-achievers because of the over-evaluations and high wages! We complained when Fat Freddy was buying “trophy players” and lumbering the club with immense debt with no return by way of success. Let’s see how our current arrangement works out first but remember that Ashley can sell to whoever he likes and may do so!

  • John Hoy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    I can’t understand these comments at all.  Why would you NOT want rich foreign owners?  Just because Carlos Teves spits out his golden dummy, you assume all Citeh players are disloyal & self serving.

    I don’t give a shit about a players personality or motives to play. A players stock is directly proportional to his performance and the majority of top class players still put in a shift no matter who they play for, or indeed why.  Could you argue with Teves performance this season? Citeh are in a commanding league position and could very well go all the way this season if they get the luck.

    So I ask you….While you claim our trophy success under spend thrift owners would be hollow without the unity we bask in now….you’d take it wouldn’t you?  

    I know I would. I’ll be dusting off the old prayer mat today and tipping my hat eastwards.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    guys, i don’t know is this true or not, but if true, that our advantage,

    some of you guy when we relegate, when mike do disrespect decision like sacked CH, you guys say hate Mike, please go out, now when opportunities like this came, you guys say no…

    don’t think negative, not all Arabian will make like Man “cheating”. So, if there the rite people who manage us for good direction, we will be famous again and win something.

    So, lets pray for a miracle happen. Where the last time we won a trophies?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Who do you think will have the most pride on 26 Dec? Us if we win Man Citeh or them if they beat us?


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