Pardew Tries To End Takeover Talk – But Fans Want It To Be True


Alan Pardew tried today to dismiss all the takeover rumors surrounding the club, and whether it would be sold soon to some Billionaire –  somewhere.

Mike Ashley – what does this man want to do with Newcastle?

Of course Alan’s job is to concentrate only on the last 9 games of the season, and job number one is to save Newcastle from any relegations fears, and once that’s done to get Newcastle as high up the table as he can.

With last weekend’s Sunday Mirror story of an Indian Billionaire wanting to buy Newcastle, which the club immediately dismissed as rubbish,  has again fueled the rumor mill about whether there was just a little truth in that Mirror report.

But today, the Newcastle manager tried one last time to put the story to bed, as he told the local press:

“We have dismissed that quite thoroughly, I don’t expect that to raise its head again.

“Mike has made a commitment with these long-term contracts that he wants to see a plan going forward, and that’s what we will try to carry out.”

Of course the dynamics of the story are that the vast majority of Newcastle fans wanted the story to be true, because at best Mike Ashley is hardly a popular owner on Tyneside, and that’s the best case scenario.

The Newcastle fans have no idea of what Mike Ashley’s intentions are for the club, and all we have been told by the manager, is that he has been assured the £35M received for Andy Carroll in January, will be spent on new players this summer.

Of course we all know that Alan, through no fault of his own we may add, was embarrassed when he had said much the same thing about Andy Carroll not leaving the club, until on the very last day of the window, Andy was suddenly gone, indeed very suddenly gone — on a helicopter to Liverpool.

And there was no Newcastle official at the press conference on the following day, to help Alan explain exactly what had happened, and Pardew was left to explain it all on his lonesome, even though he didn’t want to sell big Andy, if the truth be told.

Such is the courage of the Newcastle ownership that we have at the club right now, because LLambias should have come out and explained the situation to the press – that’s his job and not Alan’s, and it was the owner’s decision to sell Andy and not Pardew’s.

It’s not the manager’s decision as to who gets sold, and Kevin Keegan found that out with the James Milner affair, because if anybody comes in for a player and meets the club’s evaluation, read that as Mike’s evaluation, then he will be sold – it’s as simple as that.

That’s the way it is, and even if the player is  a local hero who has grown all his skills on Tyneside, and made the full England side, and is even England’s new hero and wearing the Newcastle number 9 shirt –  he’s still sold.

So which players will really leave Newcastle this summer we have no idea, but we still would hope to keep Jose and Joey at the club, although all the rumors are that Jose has already made the decision to move on, but that’s  not official of course.

I am even led to think that some of our players are starting to question Mike’s intentions too, because Mike probably speaks to the players as much as he does to the fans – and he never speaks to the fans.

So it’s not too hard to see why Newcastle fans would hope the rumors of a takeover last weekend were true, and that we could get an owner in who knew something of the Newcastle history and wanted to build Newcastle into an English powerhouse again, and his actions showed that.

A club that has won nothing for 42 years that still gets the third highest home attendance gates in England, and had the 5th highest home attendance when they were in the second division,  is some club – and that’s Newcastle United.

I’ll keep hoping some Billionaire somewhere (China, Russia, USA, UK, India – we don’t really care) will come in and offer Mike say £240M to take the club off his hands.

That’s my opinion – what’s yours?

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30 comments so far

  • Selbymag

    Mar 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Look I dislike Ashley as much as the next man but – be careful what you wish for Blackburn fans were over the moon when the Indian mentalists took over and look at the mess they are in!
    Any potential buyers from Qatar etc are possibly only in it to boost their countries standing in world football and not for the benifit of the club they are buying.
    All clubs are selling clubs if the price is right- Man Utd – Beckham, Ronaldo but hardly stopped them winning a few pots over the years has it.
    Where did buying superstars get us Relegated and nearly bankrupt!
    So by all means Ashley out but lets hope we sell to the right people who are fit and worthy to own our club and our dreams.

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  • The Leazus End

    Mar 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    I would have anyone running the club other than this lot. after all it cant get any worse ( IMO)
    OK SHOOT ME DOWN IN FLAMES.
    lies lies and more lies thats all we get with no proper investment in players and selling our best forward ( not player) a good honest geordie billionaire please step forward and save oyur club

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  • toonarmy1986

    Mar 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Stick with Ashley personally better the devil you know. These kind of owners would screw the club over big time and leave us riddled with even more debt than the Shepherd and Hall regime which nearly put us under. All people are seeing is money and instant success which we tried before and failed at big style and Man City are living proof all the money in the world doesn’t guarantee success. So would rather be a mediocre team who still exist in 20 years times then chase a dream and fail then have no club left.

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  • The Leazus End

    Mar 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #4

    is mike ashley happy with just mid table, cos ime not, and we are not assured of safety this year due to greed and the cockneys lineing there pockets

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I keep saying this – survival this season is success!
    we have a mid table side so we are rightly in mid table – nothing wrong with that.
    we have a small squad that needs 4-6 damn good players, espicially a proven goal scorer, and we are developing a very good scouting and youth set up – so not much wrong there.
    so, what about next season? 6th? very possibly. a cup? yes please, I think that would be a break through and will end all this sniping at ashley – if he held up a cup at wembley would you honestly say you would not cheer him?
    so lets get 4 points from the next 2 games, then 6 more from the rest of our games, lets survive and go on to higher things next season!
    HWTL stoke 0 nufc 2

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  • geoff777

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Go Ed!

    I have no confidence that this club is being run to build a team.

    There’s no buzz left.

    It was building pre-Carroll. You could feel that with a few more good signings we’d be very hard team to play against.

    Carlton Cole or Andy Carroll?

    Ashley could have said no.
    But the greedy man sold out for 30 million pieces of silver.
    Ambition – Buzz – Future sold to Liverpool.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    can anyone prove that our owner is lining his pockets? as far as I know he bailed out the club with his own cash. he does not deserve popularity because of his poor public relations and bad mistakes – but he has put this club back on its feet after it nearly went bankrupt, so either put up (give evidence of taking money out) or shut up!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    apparently Amil Ambani the indian billionaire who is supposed to be wanting to buy us is actually a newcastle fan along with his brother and family both of whom are in the top 15 richest people in the world although they dont speak to each other..
    I personally like ashleys role model in which we grow our own players and spend what we make but surely weve made enough recently to warrant a good spree in a transfer market even if its say 50/60 million this summer then little amounts in next couple of years depending on wher we are.. simple really he goes out and buys a team/squad capable of challenging for europe and having cover for every position.. i for one would be happy with a good spree then a steady couple of years then wer on and even footing which will again after 2 or 3 years we should be right up ther we can again splash to improve more and we should also hav some good youngsters coming through so we would only need 1 or 2 players each season..

    Wickham – £7million(loan back to ipswich)
    Gameiro – £10million
    Gervinho – £8million
    Jose Angel – £5million
    Matuidi – £6million
    Jarvis – £5million
    Puncheon – £2million
    Elmander – Free
    Larsson – Free
    and a good centre back to follow

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #9

    ed ” which players will be sold?” anyone of value is the answer to that one ed , what is ashs plan ? make as much money as he can before he sells the club at the end of this season, he gets approx £200m for our club, pardew gets paid off by the new owners, ( which was their plan when ash put him on a 5.5 year deal ( the mind boggles) we get our club back , cockneys F..k off back to the smoke, everyones is happy things are looking good

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #10

    supermacno9 “not lining his pockets” all the players he sold a couple of seasons ago, what did he do with the money?

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    With the Arab peoples rising up to try to enjoy life with some of the freedoms we have, I’d be very concerned about oil sheiks coming in for the Magpies. Those potentates could be homeless paupers before they even know it is happening.

    It’s Ashleys club, you can see he loves it when the Toon score. So probably better to get behind and stick with him until he can sell the whole franchise at a profit

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  • Toonmania

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    stuart no9,
    i think you will find most of that went on the day to day running of the club.

    and paying for wages that wasn’t covered by monies incoming through the championship season this fell short by nearly £20 million, and paying off our overdraft that was re-called after our religation which was £33 million if i recall.
    i’m sure i will think of some other things if i thought about it hard enough.

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  • lewman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    stuart if you cant work it out for yourself then there is no point in you commenting on such matters as you clearly dont have a clue about the cost of relegation, players wages, debt repayments etc…

    not meaning to have a go but ashley has only spent money on nufc, not the other way round.
    this doesnt mean i like the guy but it could be worse.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14

    beeguy , calm down mate, its only some dude who , rumour has it wants to buy a football club, its notpresident gadaffi, “its ashlys club ” its not, its ours, we wiill be here long after ashly , or the next owner, or the next owner , or the next owner, we will always be here , like we have been since 1889

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Where Ashley has fallen down is his choice of managers and chairman. No one in their right mind would have got JFK and now Pardwho and appointed the creepy Llambias alongside him.

    Personally I think selling carrol was superb business. Compare how Liverpool played against ManU without Carroll and how they did last night with him. Welcome to Wimbledon mark 11. Oh no that’s Stoke tomorrow!!

    I like some of what Ashley is doing. It’s just he looks a nasty bit of work and you can’t really believe a word he says. Oh actually he dosen’t does he !!

    We just need the feel good factor to come back again. Everything just feels flat at the moment.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #16

    even 1892

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  • flippinfantastic

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Who is this we??? This article certainly doesn’t represent my thoughts. The last thing I want is a billionaire owner to steal the identity of the club. This would provide more unstability for the club……..on the plus side you would still have something to do with our time writing negative tripe

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  • toonsy

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Just a question, but has anyone actually been sold that wasn’t either:-

    a) handing in a transfer request
    b) out of contract anyway
    c) of no real use to us anyway

    Answers on a postcard please.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Methinks that some very shrewd business is being done to put NUFC in a position of financial strength that will ensure that the club meets the UEFA directives that only clubs that are trading profitability will be eligible for Europe in a few years time. Many so called “big clubs” might not make it ( Liverpool ? ) – if NUFC are in the black (and white) they can then strive to “be in it to win it”.
    Think ahead – there must be some money men trying to put together a European Super League based on American football style sports business – rather like rugby’s Premiership it could become something of a closed shop with only the “franchise brands” included. Result would be that the premiership would then become a new league comprising those excluded from a European Super League plus say the top 6 from the Championship.
    Just a (daft ?) thought – but I know which teams I would want to watch at SJP – Barcelona or Blackburn, Real Madrid or Get Real West Ham ?
    The only way is up.

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  • solano

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Some priceless comments on this thread……
    post 17 Flippinfantastic…”the last thing I want is a billionaire owner who steels the identity of the club”….we already play at “The Sports Direct @ St James’ Stadium” or some nonsense….if you were being ironic I apologise…afterall it is Comic Relief Night…..
    post 19….more comedy…….there isn’t a socialist plot to equalise the distribution of wealth, prestige and trophies…..the authorities have made huge amounts by being in cahoots with the traditionally “big” clubs throughout Europe…..the idea that a Liverpool would be ignored for a club with a healthier balance sheet is not how it will happen…..(the irony here is that just 5 years ago, NUFC were listed as being in the top twenty clubs in the world and were invited to meetings of Europe’s elite, where those clubs present bent the rules to suit themselves)…to say we’ve fallen a fair bit since is an understatement…..

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  • solano

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Toonsy……..a marked increase in good players asking for transfers is usually a good indicator of a total lack of ambition at a club……..it’s happened here before in the 80’s……Waddle, Gascoigne, Beardsley were all outstanding talents (local as well) and all three requested moves because of club policy…….all 3 were also called Judas at their time of leaving by a significant number of fans…..in the cold light of day, everyone knew the real truth and it seems to me it’s a case of history repeating itself…..

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #22

    lewman @ 13 lets start with relagation, this was purely down to 1 man ima, our owner, keegan started the season ok, a draw at man u , a win against bolton, and a drubbing at arsenal, a tough start to the season , but 4 points, enter ash , decides wise, has mor to offer than kk, kk leaves , rightly so, we didnt pick up another point tillthe end of october, our next points came a week before xmas,so from when kk left we picked up only 6 points till mid december, kk got 4 in 3 games before he walked, thank you mr ashly . players wages, what players you talking about? all the players with value he sold , BEFORE we started the season in the in the coca cola, apart from a couple, he had already got rid of the big earners . debt repayment, did he not know the debt before he bought the club? IF he put any money into the club, he swiftly got it back, why buy the club in the first place, why buy a rolls royce if you cant afford to run it, an old cliche but in this instance very true, so he got rid of the players, and we seen none of it, the same will happen in the summer break , then see how mr ash plans to run the club, or sell it

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  • Brutooon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Let any billionaire buy the club! then they will gave 100 million for players and we chud buy about 20-30 new players (all bargains) so that we dont have any problem of INJURY

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  • shearermania

    Mar 19, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #24

    yes we want a new owner, yes we want new players, yes we want to be succesfull….
    but heres the news:
    beggars cant be choosers
    at the moment we are stuck with the fatman, stuck with some dead wood. but we need to be united and back whoever in charge or on the pitch to the hilt…we are yet safe – it could still get nasty……..

    come on lads show your real colurs

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  • bills-son

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Here we go again … the ‘fat greedy, pocket lining, cockney bstad’ Ashley haters are out in force – spouting nonsense as usual.

    Here is Ashley’s transfer window record since he bought the club – and remember – he has paid out £284M in total to buy the club, clear debts and overdrafts, unpaid balances of transfers fees and loaned working capital …

    Summer 2007 Bought £22m Sold £13M
    January 2008 Bought £1M Sold £0
    Summer 2008 Bought £24M Sold £18M
    January 2009 Bought £5.5M Sold £12M
    Summer 2009 Bought £0 Sold £22M
    January 2010 Bought £3.5M Sold £0
    Summer 2010 Bought £5M Sold £0

    Total – Bought £44M Sold £52M

    The £22M sold in Summer 2009 was clearing out mostly rubbish after we got relegated + the simple financial reality of being in the fizzy. So, before we got relegated he paid out MORE in fees than we got in.

    What most fans choose to forget is that when we got relegated Ashley could have sold Barton, Nolan, Smith and Colocinni to cut out the big earners and also sold the likes of Enrique and STaylor to bring in even more dosh. The fact is he didn’t sell ANY player who didn’t want to leave because he wanted to get us straight back into the Premier. The exact opposite of the fat greedy unambitious bstad the haters would have us believe.

    As for selling Carroll – how thick do you have to be to see that Ashley did NOT want to sell? Let’s get real – AC had played just 16 Premier games FFS. His real value was probably about £15M at best – yet Ashley turned down that from Spurs, then £20M, then £25M and £30M from LFC. £35M and a 25% sell on fee was STUPID money and had to be taken. Selling wasn’t the actions of a greedy fat bstad but the result of MA saying ‘I’m not selling’ and LFC paying ridiculously over the odds to make him change his mind. It was the equivalent of Barcelona offering £125M for Rooney – ManU would sell at that price like a shot, believe me. Would that make ManU greedy bstads or Barcelona idiots? Exactly!!

    So, Ashley is £8M up on transfer fees + the £35M which he didn’t have time to spend in January. That is the reality.

    No doubt I’ll get the ‘Ashley lover’ ‘believing the lies’ idiotic comments that I’ve had before. I’m neither, just a fan who doesn’t listen to the hype and sh&te, doesn’t get blinded to the facts by Ashlye hate and has enough sense to form my own opinion.

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  • Alberts_tash

    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Solano – are you saying Carroll also put in a transfer request due to club policies? I can think of 90 thousand reasons that’s not true.

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  • bills-son

    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Alberts_tash – Solano says anything to make Ashley and Pardew look sh%te.

    The truth doesn’t come into it.

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  • andre29

    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Stoke vs NEWCASTLE veetle and flash stream on http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • solano

    Mar 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Alberts-tash (26)…..yeah…it went something like this ” we’ve got a wonderful offer for you…we want to accept and we want you to accept it….the helicopter’s on the pitch ready to take you to Liverpool….”……Carroll’s Dad’s a labourer for a plater friend of mine…….that’s how it went…..
    Ignore Bills…….he can’t see beyond the end of his horsey nostrils……he must be the only one on Tyneside who couldn’t see we needed strengthening with players who could actually contribute something THIS season before we sold anyone………but he doesn’t care…because he has lived longer than us and doesn’t mind watching shite because we won the Inter-Cities when he was a lad……

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  • solano

    Mar 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t need to say anything to make Ashley look shite….he does a good enough job himself ….his 4years at the club have p*ssed quite a few off around here and it’s not down to me….as for Pardew, if bills-son would care to look beyond his long face and a little further than his nosebag, he would see I’ve been more than fair to our present manager……..and am prepared to give him ….ahem…. a fair crack of the whip…which is more than he has got off his boss so far!

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