Reports That Mike Ashley Willing To Sell Newcastle


We could have almost predicted that there would be some news that Mike Ashley was willing to sell Newcastle,  following the NUFC Fans United meeting on Monday night.

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Mike Ashley – willing to sell Newcastle?

At that meeting the Mike Ashley Out Campaign produced a motion, which you can read here, that Mike Ashley sell up and leave the club.

The news (which we have a hard job believing) from the Independent, is that Mike Ashley is now prepared to listen to offers for the club..

But the proviso is that Mike can recoup all the money he has put into Newcastle over the last six years, and that’s at least £300M, and probably more.

Mike tried to sell Newcastle after the Kevin Keegan affair in September of 2008, but he called if off in late December of that year, just before we were hammered  5-1 by Liverpool at St. James’Park – ouch!

And then when Newcastle were relegated in May of 2009, Mike  again tried to sell the club – but again there were no good offers.

Even if Mike put the club up for sale, it’s another thing to sell it, although we suppose there’s always hope that somebody linked with Newcastle and Tyneside, could come along and buy the club.

But we’d be very surprised if this is anything but a made-up story.

What do you think?

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150 comments so far

  • Schwefelberg

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Ever since Mr. Ashley found aout about the debt he has thrown STILSON AFTER STILSON in to the club.

    He should have researched the position.
    But the stock market was not concerned.

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  • swemag

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #2

    This will not happen. No one else would put that kind of money into our club. Stupid decisions, for sure, but he took over from a person that was not living in reality.

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  • blew

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Ma has turned the club around financially and deserves credit for such. His downside is appointing dodgy incompetent mates and being loyal to them, until he realises their mistakes. Wise, Jiminez and LLambias being the ones, after their respective clangers and getting rid what does he do? Still turns to the old pals act and brings in Joe. He does not learn and along come the pressure groups. I wish he would realise his errors and bring in
    successful management and coaches to support the good financial footing he has put the in. Everyone would be happy.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #4

    I second Blew’s opinion.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Mike bought the club for around 130mil and im sure that a large amount of that debt is payed off now and if not im sure he would leave it to the new owners to pay it to him.Does he really think people are stupid also I reckon he has made alot of money via advertising he is taking the piss with that price tag.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s exactly what everyone wants, I just can’t see why it doesn’t happen. Right ideas wrong, decisions at this club.

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  • veto

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    no chance anyone will pay what needs tobe paid for him to sell .
    cant belive we are going through all thi crap again off the back of a bad appointment at the football club ,
    the press though out hooks(like with this story by hardy) and caught lots of angry fishys .
    give it a rest everyone and lets just move on .

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Just imagine a sale to an ambitious and hungry owner, doesn’t have to be a multi- billionaire, just someone with enough to give us some teeth.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #9

    If we want a change from this veto, then something has to be done and the wheels are beginning to roll.

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  • Schwefelberg

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #10

    The story I heard was that he was close to sell in Middle east somewhere. But he became intoxicated and offended the buyer. I dont think he intended seriously to sell then.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #11

    This is tabloid trash in order to sell papers.

    How do you turn a one story about unsettled fans into two stories? Pretend the owner is going to sell up.

    God I hate journalists.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #12

    And where did you hear that? Sounds like pub talk to me.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Ruddy – Except it’s not a tabloid, but it does seen elusively vague and tenuous a link to the supporter unrest.

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  • HAZZY1

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #14

    People shouldnt wish for this as it may turn out to a big mistake look at the players we have got on a budget and the money he forked out in jan he has made some big mistakes but he is learning im not his greatest fan but im scared of turning into a Blackburn than we would be complaining we have cleared most our debt and got a good team together I say give him a chance to prove us wrong if we complain he wont spend any money this summer we have to show we love our club and give MA a break.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Tommy

    The “Independent” – false advertising, as no newspaper is truly independent, they all have an agenda.

    Cheap, gutter journalism trying to whip up a storm among fans, exploiting the sentiment of a region merely to sell papers.

    Thought Leveson was going to improve journalistic standards. Apparently not.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Ruddy – I think sport is too big a commercial asset to attempt to clean up, the stories are what fuel a huge sector of the game. It’s a culture of sport.

    I’d like to bask in the hope of it being true.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #17

    As in sports journalism.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Tommy

    You could be right. I’m going to sway to the other end of the pendulum and be pretty sure it’s not true, purely because it’s come from journos.

    Anyway, I’m off to bed now folks. All the best

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  • Schwefelberg

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Martin Hardy has just written another article about us.

    “but Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the industrial wasteland of south Scotland”

    Who is he talking about? I dont expect him to be impartial but at least be ACCURATE.

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  • blew

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #20

    MA is a non communicator in both Sports Direct and NUFC, so how can The Independent state he is prepared to sell and quote a price? The journalist responsible will be at home making up this story and selling papers, most of which will put their version in todays papers. Many say we have the best squad since Sir Bobby’s days, I agree. So what went wrong? It can only be the manager and his coaches; I believe this is why MA has brought Joe in to sort it out for everyones benefit. Again, lets see what happens.

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  • swemag

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Seems the sentiment here is somewhat different than the way the press keeps putting it. Prefer this than to what I read in the tabloids.
    Still, it is high time we get some movement in the transfer market. Not too sure about this Marseille Gignac, would much prefer Bony.

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  • Rooster

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #22

    I remember Lambias saying maybe 18months ago that NUFC would listen to any offes for the club, he invited prospective buyers to buy a box first then take it from there, everything has its price, including NUFC.

    It does look like the independent are just looking to jump on the bandwagon,as we are big news again at the moment, parcel of shi.e article if you ask me, but I have always said if the right bid came in MA would go and take it.

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  • canuckmag

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Since when has a percentage of 400 folk in a pub spoken for 50,000 others? I agree with Ruddy, nothing in this we are a soft target that journo’s love to attack. I would “love it” if we won something to shut them all up.

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  • Rooster

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #24

    blew, exactly. lets see hat happens, the rumour mill is flying, we sell newspapers, no doubt about it, they will all want to get in on the action with their articles about us.

    We havnt brought anyone in yet, a number of clubs have not also, the mackems have brought 4 in, havnt a clue who they are, but they must have been scouted somewhere, big upheavel going on down there, im still hopeful and quite sure we will bring some quality in.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 26, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Well I want Ashley, but only to an ownership with financial clout, ambitions for the club, respect for our traditions and the necessary business acumen.

    I suppose qualified, interested candidates might be a little thin on the ground.

    How duff?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #27

    @25 , read Ashley out, of course.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 26, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #28

    Gm Lads…. Big Day Today, Will Be Getn My New Pc Afta 5 months Without Pc…

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 26, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Congratulation jamsha

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  • Santon03

    Jun 26, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Football is the biggest sport in the world and people are fanatic about their football team which make an easy target for media. Even if everything is smooth and happy happy, they will create some scandals because it sells.
    I’m affraid that players will have 2nd thought joining NUFC because of this kind publicity, fake publicty by the media. The journalist really added exotic spices and cooked it into delicious dish.

    If I’m not mistaken, Capello also has problems with the press.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 26, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #31

    roshan MAGPIE

    tnxxx also m.a will be leavn 😀

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jun 26, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Gignac seems like the now classic of modern Newcastle smokescreen. Too old, too pricy, not really worth it.

    We’ll buy a much cheaper player and in september say “because of all the upheaval we just couldn’t get any more ‘over the line'”.

    Oh and “LUCKILY we’re not in europe this year so don’t need to buy any more players”.

    arghhererfgdf….

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  • Whoarya.com

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Remember Leeds, Portsmouth, Rangers and Blackburn?

    Shut uppa your faces LOL

    It’s beyond mentalist

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  • Santon03

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Manutd signed Wilfried Zaha for 10.3mil pounds.

    Milan cancelled Tevez move and going after Honda as primary target, Tevez move to Juve for 15mil pound. They also talking about Kaka-El Sharawy swap deal with Madrid.

    Liverpool signed Mignolett.

    Isco rejected ManCity, joining Madrid.

    Dries Merten joining Napoli for 9.5mil euro.

    Norwich is making bid for Toivonen for 5mil pound, PSV asking for 8mil.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #35

    Hazzy,
    ” we shouldn’t complain as Mikey might not spend anymore money ”
    You sound like a battered wife afraid to speak out in case the beatings get worse.

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  • Santon03

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #36

    I would love to have Massimo Ambrossini in our team, very good experience. He could give positive input to our young players. Plus he is free.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Well that would bring stability if he left!

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  • Abu Qatada - I'm not Joking ere keep off Pardew's Kebab.

    Jun 26, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #38

    Hazzy @ 14 I do agree with most of what your saying, I would like Ashley out but who is around to buy the club, I can’t see to many people having the money. These meetings/protests are a great idea if you have something set up to replace him but we haven’t. Last time Barry Moat was the closest we came to a buyer and after buying the club he wouldn’t have had a penny to spend! that would take us to the Shepherd days.

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  • Abu Qatada - I'm not Joking ere keep off Pardew's Kebab.

    Jun 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Unless any one wants to take out a WONGA loan to buy the club – that would generate a lot of interest!

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  • cyprus

    Jun 26, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #40

    Abu, correct.
    This subject should be dropped. Those MA out fools DO NOT have a plan.

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