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Mike Ashley Looking To Sell Newcastle?

8:31 am, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Winner Sports has what they call an exclusive out today, and it’s that the Newcastle Billionaire owner Mike Ashley would be willing to sell the football club,  if a suitable offer is made – but that’s probably always been true.

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Mike Ashley – looking to sell Newcastle

The logic of why Mike would be willing to sell seems to be based on the massive Champions League deal that BT outbid Sky Sports for last week, and the fact that Glasgow Rangers, once they get back to the SPL, will be part of.

The other reason seems to be that the next three-year TV deal for the Premier League could be even more massive than the current one which started this season, and each Premier League club gets between £60M and £100M each May, and that compares to £40M to £60M in the previous deal.

The assumption is with that all that money flowing into the PL now and in the future, somebody could come in with a big bid that will pay Mike back for everything he has put into the club, money that is, and he could even leave with a profit, although that would likely be small.

But to then buy Rangers, which he could do if he first sold Newcastle, and have a club that plays in the 23rd ranked league in Europe doesn’t seem to make much sense, since Rangers and Celtic have already tried to join the Premier League.

But Rangers will be in the Champions League which Newcastle will not be anytime soon.

It’s a good try, but we don’t think this logic - at least buying Rangers – is too strong.

However, if a buyer came in with say£300M, we think Mike may be willing to sell Newcastle, since he would get his money back and also seems to have made so many enemies at Newcastle by his antics over the last six years.

That has recently culminated in him banning the local journalists from media facilities at the club, because of the coverage of a march that protested his ownership of the club.

And it can never be said that Mike thinks too much of what Newcastle fans think, or that he tries to get along with them.

And just think, if an Asian Billionaire comes in, we could soon be playing in red and white stripes. :D

Comments welcome.

Ian Begg is a reader who recently found out that his Mom was very ill, and he has to return to Australia. Ian has a Platinum Club season ticket that has £700 left on it, and he is willing to sell it for £550 or a best offer.

Please see if you can help Ian out, and you can contact him by email at – thanks.

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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Good old Ed

    Another sensationalist load of bs headine. As soon as I saw it I’m amazed I still read it through.

    Yes Tan changed Cardiff’s colours from blue to red but they are a one city club with no real near neighbours.


    We undeniably have a stronger squad now than when we finished 5th.

    Ok we bucked the trend by buying SIX players in Jan rather than in the summer but Colo, Anita, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Obertan, Jonas, Saylor, Haidara etc currently can’t get starts and some can’t even make the bench!!

    I do think people make a bit too much of not getting in more than Remy in the summer.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Ed…I would say at this point it’s nothing more than speculation, however, it is speculation that I think holds some truth…but that is a hopeful guess tbh.

    The fact that Rangers would be in the 23rd rated league in Europe matters little, as what he will be getting, eventually, is cheaply obtained CL status.

    It certainly can’t be in the hope that Rangers get in the PL. He already has a PL club that he doesn’t want to finance or push to the top.

    I think it makes a lot of sense. Far easier to accomplish things in the Scottish league, with only Celtic providing proper competition.

    Watch this space.

  • 3 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Why don’t they just publish a story about Ashley being willing to sell Newcastle when they have the name of a buyer to tie in with the story. god they get payed for nowt these bluming journos. i may be ok with playing in black and white and red stripes or black and red if my life was on the line i would neeeehheeverrrrahh be ok with Newcastle utd playing in makscum colours never Ed just noooo!

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM


    From UEFA website

    FC Bayern München’s 2-1 Wembley victory against Borussia Dortmund was aired in more than 200 countries to an estimated global average audience of 150 million and a projected global unique reach of over 360 million viewers

    from premier league website

    The TV audience for Premier League games is 4.7bn

    I honestly don’t think that the champions league is better for advertising than the prem league for Ashley. I think if he could have both it would help but think Rangers would get less views than us.

    Champions league would only really be good for advertising when rangers played a big game, with most people supporting neutral team in the champs league people go for the big games….rangers wouldn’t be that high on people’s list of priorities.

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Rotonda…Looking at it rationally, maybe we didn’t need anymore players in the summer to achieve the clubs targets.

    The points that bug me is all the tripe we had to listen about “learning from our mistakes” when it comes to not buying. Plus the difference new blood can have on the current team.

    Truth is, 2 or 3 players could have really pushed us on, without breaking the bank, but it was simply viewed as not necessary.

    The list of players you mention who can’t get a game seems to be extensive, but really…

    Colo – Fair enough, he is however due to leave pretty soon. Heaven forbid we might try and plan ahead and get someone settled whilst he’s here.

    Anita – Agreed. We don’t need any CM.

    Marveaux – Simply doesn’t seem to have a future here. Can be a really talented player, but is less consistent than Benny from what I’ve seen. Either Pardew hates him or he has a bit of an attitude problem. Your guess is as good as mine.

    Ben Arfa – Will feature imo, but was getting a little ahead of himself and needed bringing back to Earth (a little).

    Cisse – Is simply off form. If we had another ST in we wouldn’t be looking at 2 starts for Shola.
    Obertan – Yeah, Obertan…Bless.

    Jonas – Love him. Mr Utility man.

    Saylor – Most people seem to want him nowhere near our starting line up.

    Haidara – Does seem to be getting games when not injured.

    Imo, we need a ST, Winger (a proper one) and an understudy CB who can fill in.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM


    It’s like selling a house, you may tell people you want to sell even if no buyer is there, but not do it officially to just see if any interest is there.

    Personally don’t think there is a lot in it, a lot of big businesses get sold without officially being available…usually somebody richer turns up and enquires and if a good deal people open discussions.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    TS…That’s fair enough, can’t argue with those figures. Also, you have to take in to consideration the huge league TV money, it’s hardly small change.

    Does that mean we’re stuck with him? :)

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM


    In fairness I think we have a good squad, yes lacking a couple players but not short…we have enough now just not enough quality.

    Even in Europe last year we still would make 7/8/9 changes for group games.

    What we need now is the upgrade on willo, shola, obertan, marv.

    I think the main issue we had with europe was that Pardew had never done it before, not so much the tiredness but not knowing how to train to prepare for 2 games a week….he likes defensive plans for covering certain players and he couldn’t get these drilled in well enough.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    Is CL such a big deal for rangers though? They always go out in the early stages and rarely if ever progress from their group.

    Whilst I knock Pardew when we are s…e, it seems churlish to have a go following the last 2 wins where the odds to achieve 1 win let alone 2 must have been off the scale.

    I never bought in to the squad not being good enough, though I do think it’s a dangerous tactic to invite so much pressure and will Krul pull off 14 saves every game? What was refreshing v Chelsea was going for the second goal and not just shutting up shop.

    While technical coaching, pass and move football, introducing 1-2′s, triangles, overlapping and going beyond the man with the ball may be too much of a stretch for Pardew, I am at the moment just enjoying the moment.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    I presume prem league can’t be single games though….4.7bil would be too many for one game, must be total over the year. whereas the champs league was figures for final (but guess earlier games, where you have 8 a night will have less for single games).

    But I imagine prem league is worth much more in advertising pull and tv exposure, just a guess though. You get a lot more games, 38 than the probable 6 (only group games as wont qualify often) in the champs league with rangers.

  • 11 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    that’s funny i was going to post a comment about my house always being up for sale to the person who will give me a profit on it haha.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    Do you not think the spurs game 2nd half was just beyond our control?

    we kept shola on with remy a good while to try and give us more outballs but we just couldn’t get out, they did really well to turn it up and pin us in.

    I don’t think pards told then to defend only, I think it just happened that way.

  • 13 mindshaft // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Ashley has been willing to sell for a suitable offer almost as long as he’s been here, unfortunately no one is willing to pay the 250 – 300 million required for a mid table club.
    This is basically non news

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM


    haha…great mind as they say.

    I think no matter what if somebody offered him 500mil he’d have snapped there hand off if it was up for sale or not.

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    TS…I used to rubbish the idea that squads needed new blood to freshen it up each season, but I think part of our problem last year was complacency. Remy will have helped no doubt, I just feel they could have done more.

    Rotonda…You and TDS both make good points. Maybe after he got slightly involved with Rangers it was just an easy story to go with.

    I do think that Ashley must be getting bored on this game by now though.

    Still, I’m with you Rotonda, I am enjoying the moment and long may it continue.

    What will be, will be.

  • 16 martoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    By Ibiza – you have certainly jumped a long way off that fence of yours!
    No matter how good we think our squad is a couple of injuries to key players and we would be severely weakened, say, Cabaye & Reme for example.

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Lol I’m sorry mate benny was far from OM or OL’s best blayer, he rarely started and was used as a sub mainly
    You also say pardew is playing him out if position, he’s played a huge majority of matches on the wing and has rarely at any club been trusted to play as a #10/ SS role

    As lilo correctly pointed out, he’s never been prolific at any stage of his career with neither goals nor assists
    As for the reasons he was dropped at his other clubs, you say we know the reasons why, yes we do, they been stated by previous managers time and time again, he lacks maturity and work rate and needs to address these issues if he is ever going to step up

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    martoon…It was a painful fall mate and one I really didn’t want to make.

    I’ve just seen too much of what I perceive to be negligence and the lack of respect shown towards the fans truly disgusts me.

    Even just take Remy out of the picture…we wouldn’t be looking so good, in fact, we’d struggle to get a goal.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM


    Yeh I think it important to get a new face in/move a player on that isn’t pulling his weight, to defend against complacency if nothing else.

    I agree the club should have done more, even if just another loan signing or free transfer.

    I’m going to see what the cub do in january (sure i keep saying this, judge on next window) but maybe the clubs plan is to act in jan when players are available for lower prices with them out of contract or wanting to move, etc. After last jan maybe thats what they want to try.

    My issue with Ashley hasn’t been so much about who or how many we sign, just we don’t normally get people in time and take a gamble with being short. But now I think we have a good squad, just need to improve the fringe players…our bench looked good at spurs if i’m honest.

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM


    take van persie and rooney out of man utd

    suarzez and gerrard out of liverpool

    giroud and ramsey from arsenal

    Most clubs would do worse than they currently are without the 2 key players they have.

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    TS…I think you touch on the a huge point there. The “we will see what happens in the next window”. Been saying that for far too long. With the exception of one window, I can’t think of a time where our transfers have been proactive, rather than reactive. Actually, that possibly not fair, after the summer window, we did get in Cisse.

    As I always say, I am open for them to change my opinion, but faith for the sake of it is over.

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    As for Ashley selling, we can but dream!!!
    With Dekka moving in at Rangers, an ugly looking investigation brewing and the club in turmoil it certainly fits all his criteria!

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    Yeh i’m in the same boat, lacking faith in the club but still have a bit of hope. I think we aren’t as desperate for players as we have been the last 4/5 windows which is a big boost this time around.

    Will be a good sign to see if they do want to progress or just stand still. I know the summer was my final chance to judge but just the thought that January may be when we do most deals, after seeing last jan (although it may be more down to scared of relegation).

    Not much we can do really, so got to just enjoy the football and see what happens.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    Dekka turned don the job at rangers, so he won’t be there.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    TS…What will be an intriguing one, is surely we’re nearing the point where some of our purchases will be moved on. Either due to it being the opportune time to maximise profits, or the fact they’re contracts are running down.

    We’ve seen over the past 12 months, both Colo and Cabaye say they want to move. Is that to do with the club or do they just want something different?

    There’s lots of question marks for me and when you have little faith, it’s easy to get veer towards the negative slant.

    Oh well, at least we have international break, that always breeds good debate on here :)

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    Colo I feel wants to just move back home, for whatever reason I don’t know.

    Cabaye is a top international player who I guess feels he can play at a higher level and he will want to get back to champions league football. Can’t blame him for that.

  • 27 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I was going to say we should be able to get a better chance to pass the ball around and keep possession against Norwich aswell as not having to have everyone knackard by defending for nearly a full 45mins because norwich aren’t as dangerous as spurs on the attack and then i had a horrible flashback of that game when bolton thrashed us 5-2 or something about 4 year ago when willo should’ve got sent off for attacking elmander and collo got so frustrated with elmander and davies he did get sent off i hope history doesn’t repeat itself because that hooper can be a right pain in the ar*e too.

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Have to admit I’m not looking forward to the jan window!
    Hate to go back to the JFK/Shane ferguson story, but at the time i wasn’t overly fussed about the fact he was aparantley oblivious to the fact he was our player, but the fact the why the hell is Shane Ferguson the calibre of player we were scouting!

  • 29 Wiz // Nov 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    The interesting points about this story are that it comes ‘from a source close to Ashley’ and it relates to a club at which Ashley has a small current stake but into which he wanted to instal Lambo. It’s irrelevant Lambo turned the job down. Why would Ashley want to instal Lambo if he didn’t want to run it? And how can he run a club when he already owns and runs a club in the Premier League? Unless of course he was going to sell Newcastle. Which he is. He can’t wait.

  • 30 deanrobert7 // Nov 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Why don’t you for once just write one decent article instead of this daily stream of badly written non stories. every self respecting Newcastle fan in this country knows that if an acceptable bid came in then Ashley would sell so your not telling us anything we don’t already know. why don’t you just concentrate on them good old American sports. Maybe you understand them because you don’t seem to have a clue about football.

  • 31 Crawfordladd17 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I support Rangers as well as Newcastle and the uefa ranking of leagues is rubhish for example the Croatian league is 20th and the best they have done is Dynamo zagreb came 4th in CL group 2 years in a round, and bottom of Europa League, while Celtic have been in the last 16 of CL and Rangers were the last 16 of Europa League. Also the other teams like Motherwell always have to play a decent team from a league in the top 10 in quality and some rubbish teams get into the Europa League playing awful teams who are seeded somehow.
    Belgium are 10th their best team Anderlecht come bottom in the CL group every year, so when Rangers are back in the SPFL at the very least should be 12th.

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