No Takeover Talks At Newcastle United – Official

One thing the Newcastle club is getting better at is that whenever there’s a daft report in the papers, especially on Sundays, they immediately deny it.

Mike Ashley and MD Derek Llambias

And the Sunday Mirror reported today that they knew that an  Indian Billionaire, who remained anonymous,  was in advanced talks about acquiring Newcastle United, and that representative had already been to visit the Newcastle club.

That may sound convincing but apparently it’s just not true, not true in the least in fact.

We know news is slow, very slow on Newcastle at the moment, with no games this weekend, but why make up stories like that?   We know – to sell newspapers – and after all it is a Sunday.

The Evening Chronicle have issued a statement on their web-site which says they have been in touch with a Newcastle source today, and this is what they told them:

“There are no truth in these reports.” “It’s all news to anybody here.”

Oh well, maybe it will be a Russian or Chinese who bids for the club before next Sunday’s papers come out.

Forbes Magazine only last week said that China nearly doubled its number of billionaires to 115 over the previous twelve months, while Russia and Brazil posted two-thirds jumps to 101 and 30, respectively.

And Moscow is now home to the most Billionaires with 79, followed by New York with 58.

But it looks like Mike Ashley will be staying on Tyneside for the foreseeable future.

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Thank God for that. Had me worried for awhile, thought we were going to lose Ashley.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Never believed it anyway…

  • Toonmania

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    well i must say that’s a relief, i’m just getting used to this un-usual stability that we seem to have, and anyway we have a love hate relationship with Ashley he’s loves us, we hate him

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4

    That will be the same source that repeatedly said that Carroll wasn’t for sale! I don’t believe one word that comes from SJP on transfers, injuries, take-overs, etc., with good reason. Look at their record, and their own admission that they tell lies to the media and the fans.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    He would love getting abused from us,ToonMania.

  • sweendog

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    wheres craigcoozy 🙂 .

  • sweendog

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    no smoke without fire .. when you’re selling up you let on you’re not interested in order to get the highest price .. I still think theres some substance to this ..

  • sweendog

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieGerman 🙂

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    In India,I heard last.

  • MykToonFan

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s official because The Chronicle says that someone at NUFC told them so…?

    Ironic, given that the rest of this article suggests that newspapers just make stuff up.

    I didn’t believe the stories about the takeover bid, but The Chronicle is just as much of a rag as the other papers – it just focuses on Newcastle more than the national tabloids.

  • chiz

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, your article is off the mark. You need to read the chronicles bit again. The masive fault in your interperpretation is that you have said A ‘NEWCASTLE CLUB OFFICIAL’ has told the paper its all crap. That is NOT what it says. It says that old cheastnut a’CLUB SOURCE’. That Ed is much different.
    In a nut shell, nufc have said nothing to deny i this and i hope to god its true and good riddance to ashley. to me it makes logic that this has been on the cards for a while and that explains why he sold Carroll and also why he got rid of CH and put his mate Pardew in…in the process givinghim the longeest managers contract in history. All cos he knows when Almbasni buys he will sooner or later pay off pards as he looks to employ a real manager. Thus giving pardew a huge pay off. The whole thing just dont feel right and for me that means that there is truth in this… please!!

  • toonsy

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Since when has a source been an official statement?

  • davybtoon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    am glad becoz ashly blueprint on how to run the club is the ryt way to do it, also my dad was at a sportsman dinner on thursday nyt n beardsley was speaker there n he said ashly has no intention of selling the club n that he is so passinate about n has big plans for the future and theyve already set a target of europe next season. my dad also found out at the dinner that jose is a done deal n he is gone in the summer

  • i Toon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    jimmymagpie i’m with you on this one

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    davybtoon…Ashley has big plans for the club in the future and a deal has already been done to sell our best player in Enrique!

  • toonsy

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #16

    To add to 12, I never thought there was any real truth in it anyway, but still 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    chiz – I changed the article a bit given your valid comment – that it was a club souce and not a club official – but I still think the comment itself suggests strongly that it’s news to all at the Newcastle club.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    i wudnt say jose is our best player id say tiote is n weve tied him to a six n half year deal, n ive posed this question to my friends if u had lose jose or tiote which one would let go n everytime the answer is u hav to keep tiote.
    also your assuming that it is the club doin the selling hav u every thought jose may hav told them he wants to leave, he lot easy to replace than tiote wud be

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Shot bru – well said mate, you couldn’t make it up could you? Some of them don’t realise the rubbish they’re saying. I’m sure Ashley takes Beardsley into his confidence. The closest we’ll get to Europe is the Dover ferry, thanks to the fat man’s big plan in depleting the squad in January. Of course, Southampton is reasonably close to Europe, perhaps that’s what he meant.

  • chiz

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    DAVYBTOON…..i believe your dad mate but i will never believe a single word that ashley says. how can ashley say he is passionate about the toon when all he does is asset strip the playing swquad down to the bare bones. He is pasionate alright.. about money. And how does he expect to aim for a europe place whn he sells off the best players and invests zero cash in the squad. talk about wanting your cake and eating it at the same time!

  • davybtoon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    well unfortunatly for us ashly never says anything so we dont know how he feels bout the club but pardew, carr n beardsley all say how much he loves it n they kno better than us.
    am excited about the summer i think we could see are best transfer window for a long time

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    davybtoon…at the end of the day if Ashley wants to build a successful team based around young talennted players then it is imperative that he keeps both Enrique and Tiote…Enrique has probably been here long enough to realise that the club isn’t big enough or ambitious enough under the current regime to be able to offer Enrique the chance to play champions league or win a trophy over the next few years, hence the reason he might have said he wants to leave for a club that will meet his expectations.

  • MacToon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    jimmymagpie @ 4 Enough said.

  • AndyE93

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I think these takeover talks may have something in it as the club have not came out and denied it which would have only taken 2 minutes to write on the club site. Everything crossed for this deal as i think ashley is doing a good job but he is still a W****r!

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Cmon indiapindia, buy him out!!!!:)

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    jimmymagpie, Bet if we both leave Newcastle at the same time and you take the Dover Ferry and I take a flight from Newcastle Airport. I’ll be in Europe before you.

  • marshy

    Mar 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #27

    don’t forget we have a couple of proven liars running our club,they could well be doing it again.

  • jimiley

    Mar 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Another lie in a long sequence. The fat man said he would sell asap. Why is there no progress after 2 years. i suppose he is making enough dosh asset stripping the club’s players. next he will be telling us he will invest 100 million in players and dumb Geordies will believe because he says so. Muppets.

  • chuck

    Mar 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #29

    It`s obvious not everyone has got the word ?
    Yeah Ashley is gonna be here for the foreseeable future, loves the club and intends to get into Europe next season.
    Yep ! got at least six new players coming in and with ten million or more for Joey and Toro, plus the Carroll dosh, no lack of funds,
    Got the basis for a top side, with Ban Arfa & Ireland, providing the attacking skills and Tiote plus Gosling in the DM roles in midfield.
    Sure we also got some deadwood, but we can plug a lotta holes with around forty million.
    So it`s onward and upward with Ashley & Co.
    That`s if we don`t get relegated, then all bets are off.


    Mar 13, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #30

    There was an Indian delegation booked in and stayed at a Hotel in Jesmond in late January just gone..

    They were there for Talks with Newcastle United……………… FACT.

    Stephen Ireland’s rep was also there same time.

  • Tel

    Mar 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Been at st james today, chatted for half an hour or so with, lets just say someone who knows a bit, his take on the situation was 1: he knew nothing of a takeover. 2: The caroll sale was excellent business for the club. The cash from that sale and if we avoid relegation this year means we are solvent for the first time in years, or put another way not in debt. 3: He then went on to say that puts us in a excellent position for investors or to be sold. 4: He also said that the insider talk was that this was to be the summer Ashley decided what to do with the club, their is cash in the bank, no debt and his actions would determine his true direction for the club. 4: When asked about pardews long term deal he said he was the lowest paid manager in the prem and easily sackable due to a buy out clause on his contract, which does not give full contract term payment.
    Now you may have heard some or all of this before but all I can assure you is this was from someone closely connected to the club. Take from that what you will.

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 13, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    The Thing is You Can never Ever Beleive A Single word from Ashley and Lambias as We were Never going to Sell Andy Carroll And Then When The Bid Came he was Gone !!!!!!!! If a Bid Comes In With The Hatred Them 2 Have from The Fans then He will be Gone !!!!!!! Mike Ashley Go Now WE HATE YOU !!!!!! The Fans Of Newcastle United !!!!!

  • solano

    Mar 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #33

    davybtoon…..I’m glad you’re glad that things aren’t gonna change……but you should beware of Peter Beardsley’s endorsements (playing legend that he was)…..not so long ago he was reminiscent of an ageing Rocky Balbao, recounting tales of his glory days for £1000 on a matchday to fat, corporate freebies, who quaffed pinot grigio and had crayfish tails stuck between the gaps in their teeth …..he has a lot to be thankful to MA for, after being found guilty by an internal inquiry into a culture of bullying at the academy not so long back…….not so long ago he was on local radio telling everyone one what a reat job MA was doing……we were relegated soon after
    …..most fans see beyond the smokescreens and rhetoric and wish to see an ambitious club who are harnessing the full support of it’s fanbase and trying to achieve it’s full potential as one of the country’s biggest clubs…an objective that MA has no intention of pursuing

  • bills-son

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Solano – how long have you supported the Toon?

    You are another one who talks as if NUFC have been one of the top clubs for years and MA has screwed us up. The truth is we have had a big fan base but an empty domestic trophy cabinet for 56 years.

    The club has lacked any real ambition for decades except for a 10 year period from Keegan’s first management stint to Sir Bobby leaving. And we still won F All.

    This Ashley asset stripper, mid table mediocrity, no ambition, ruibing our club nonsense is garbage talk from deluded fans who must have been watching a different Toon to me over the years.

  • solano

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Billson……what you on about?….you have the corner flag from the Fairs Cup…you should know what we can be….
    It’s been a thirty year sentence for me mate…..and yeah, we were, just as we are now, shit, when I started out……..I remember my dad telling me as a kid how NUFC was the worst run club in England and would never do owt as long as the board were so short-sighted and small-minded………thankfully, I witnessed the time when Newcastle, however briefly, were UNITED, and I saw the Promised Land….we might not have got there, but we were mighty close…..KK and SBR with the right backing were a whisker away……that is what we should gauge all Newcastle teams from…..we are a million miles from that now………our crowds alone…..the unrivalled passion for the black and white and willingness to get behind the club, make us a big club……
    maybe you are a bit long in the tooth and think us 40yr old’s are just dreamers and romantics?
    I don’t demand trophies and glory…..just a commitment to build a team with an ambition to strive to achieve……4 years of Ashley and I see nothing but an ambition to create a conveyor belt for profit and no understanding of what the game means to the fans….

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Chiz or should it be jizz????? you are showing about the same amount of brainpower.

    So it makes logic that MA and the board knew this takeover was on the cards, so they sell one of the jewels in the crown, then they get rid of a manager on the cheapest 12 month contract and replace him with a manager on the longest more expensive contract that will need compensating when the new owners want to replace him with as you put it a ”real manager.”

    Wow that makes a whole load of sense.

    You then follow that up with “all he does is asset strip the playing swquad down to the bare bones”

    Now this really is something you would do when you are about to sell the club, sell your top players get shot of the manager and weaken the club so reducing its market value, yep this is really smart, no wonder MA is a wealthy man following your financial wizardry.

    Do you know what asset stripping really is????

  • solano

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #37

    cupiddstunt…..aka, dic spud nutt…….have you looked up asset stripping?? Selling off individual parts as worth more than the whole? Carroll’s transfer was 25% of what he paid for the club!!!!

  • sweendog

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Tel .. sounds about right..

  • Sav

    Mar 14, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Seems a bit unfair somehow – that there are more billionaires in Moscow than Newcastle’s got chippers and yet we are still stuck with Cashley and the Streaker. Anyone know ‘come and get me’ in Russian?

  • bills-son

    Mar 14, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Solano – you are still blinded to the facts.

    MA has NOT asset stripped the club – he sold AC for a ridiculous fee which could, if well spent, buy 3/4 players who will improve the team. If he trousers the money – which I bet he won’t – he would still be £200M down on the cash he has put into NUFC.

    As I have said before I am no Ashley ‘lover’ just a businessman who can see sense and purpose in what MA is doing. Yes he has made some big mistakes, and yes he wanted to sell the club. But he has learnt fast, is now committed, has a plan and has taken brave decisions which I believe were right.

    I actually don’t want Indian owners or any other new owners unless they are going to spend Man City type money on players. Why? Because most of the foreign owners don’t spend big and are clueless about football. MA is getting us stable, organised, with a proper youth policy and a ‘we won’t be ripped off’ transfer policy. I very much doubt new owners would be as well organised.


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