Report That Mike Ashley Could Sell Newcastle Soon


The Telegraph has another report out today that says Mike Ashley may sell Newcastle United, but it’s quoting Newcastle legend Alan Shearer this time.

Mike Ashley at Stoke

Mike Ashley – did Pardew leave because he’s selling?

It’s a comment we have already reported by Alan Shearer,  but the Telegraph has put another twist on Alan’s words.

This is what Alan Shearer said about why Alan Pardew could have left so quickly to join Crystal Palace last week, and he’s talking initially about Ashley:

“He doesn’t speak to anyone, but there’s a small part of me that thinks he might have given Alan Pardew a nod [that he’s going to sell].”

“It did make me laugh when I heard people saying that Alan wouldn’t leave Newcastle to go to Crystal Palace.”

“There’s a million reasons why Alan would leave Newcastle to go to Crystal Palace – he’d be on a better salary at a football club where the fans would want him,
he would buy and sell the players he wanted.”

“There’s three or four very, very good reasons to start with. That’s where Newcastle are as a football club I’m afraid. Not good news but we’re used to that.”

At the end of that first sentence the Telegraph inserted – [that he’s going to sell] – Alan didn’t actually say those words.

The Telegraph is also reporting there are rumours on Tyneside that prospective buyers have indeed approached Mike Ashley to discuss a potential buy-out of Newcastle United.

We haven’t heard that – but Telegraph Sport is reporting today they have been told by well-placed sources, that negotiations are in progress and the price of Newcastle is £250M – and that price would allow the owner to recuperate most of the money he has put into the club.

If a head coach is not appointed until the summer that would also suit the potential new owners – but this is not the first time the Telegraph has said Mike Ashley will sell the club, and they were banned some weeks ago for suggesting he would sell Newcastle to buy Glasgow Rangers.

Maybe it’s a case of putting two and two together and getting five?

But we see no reason why Ashley would want to buy Rangers and sell Newcastle – with the Scottish club playing in the 23rd ranked league in Europe.

Owning Rangers would hardly be a better proposition than owning Newcastle, who give Sports Direct free worldwide advertising and publicity via the most popular sports league in the world – the Premier League.

And Newcastle get anywhere between £60M and £100M every May from the Premier League, based essentially on where we finish in the league.

If this story in the Telegraph is not true, we would expect Newcastle to issue a statement fairly quickly, and the last we heard – the owner was definitely going to be in charge of Newcastle through the end of next season.

It may be deja vu all over again. 😀

We’ll see.

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213 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Ashley should SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELLSELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELLSELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELLSELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELLSELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELLSELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL SELL today if possible

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  • toon kk

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Optimistic
    did you mention MA should SELL!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3
  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    From previous thread:

    If the Club is going to delay the appointment of a good coach due to his unavailability ’til the summer, then Charnley must therefore do four things smartish:

    1 – get the new coach signed up on a pre-contract now

    2 – buy the striker and CB we need this window

    3 – ensure no top players leave this window

    and

    4 – think about getting Beardsly involved in first team training, tactics and selection asap

    Leaving things with Carver’s too risky and relegation’d become a real possibility.

    And if Ashley is looking to sell, relegation’s the last thing he needs.

    Why Rangers over us? Because Ashley likes a challenge and he’s licked Newcastle United into shape financially plus, his bid for power at Rangers is being challenged and there lies another couple of challenges to take on – gain ownership or majority control and then, get Rangers’ finances sorted out. Another failing brand rescued.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah.. appoint JC and we will be relegated !

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  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Optimistic’s keypad stuck?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Charlie

    Lmao! That’s quality 🙂

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    My post was incase Ashley was reading the blog and was unsure what the fans would like him to do.

    If it’s not clear enough for him I may have to find another way to get my point across.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #9

    loved peter beardsly as player but he is not the football coach a lot on here think he is

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  • nut meg

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #10

    @ 4
    Beardsley was involved at Leicester, not that it did any good.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    That manager got Pardew 10-0-0 line up the wrong way round, he could have drawn that game if he got it right.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    OP and Charlie

    The answer is simple, then….. play 5-0-5 and split the difference 😀

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve had a read through the last threads and some of the comments regarding new managers. I thinks it’s fair to say that all managers linked to us have their flaws, there is no perfect candidate that is well rounded in all areas. The criticism for garde has been a little bit unfair IMO, it’s important to remember that whilst he was the manager, psg have had unlimited funds and Monaco are another club that are really rich. It’s like how arsenal used to compete for the title quite often but since chelsea then man city come along with their money, arsenal haven’t had a sniff. I’m not saying he’d be a good fit for us but it’s hard to judge him when he has those clubs competing for the title while Lyon have a transfer model similar to ours. I personally wouldn’t pick garde as my first choice.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #15

    I read this piece earlier which really speaks volumes for me 🙂

    …if Neil Cameron is in here please stand up (Mick Watson I hope you are reading)

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #16
  • Average_Contents

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I reckon that’s the kind of thing both Kets’s would try lol and yeah I mean the one off this blog too 😀

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    I’d like to see ketsbaia become the next manager… Not temuri, but our kets on this blog. Just to see Ashley’s nervous breakdown when he has a look at his list of transfer targets like benteke, konoplyanka etc.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesper, in an ideal world managers maybe should have cart blanche on all matters at a football club but MA and his business ideal isn’t ever going to allow anyone to spend his money, Shepherd bought players on the never never, looked good on paper, it wasn’t his money though, i feel he would not have paid certain monies for players if it had of been his own bit, it nearly killed us, it can be infuriating the MA way we know that if we sell good players, but it has been mentioned if he re invests it could be roses, if not he will continue to get it in the neck.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Ronaldo
    Brilliant lain’t it it’s the movement when the ball is kicked off – players running here there and everywhere. be fun to be at the game

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  • cyprus

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #21

    A nod?! Wow

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  • cyprus

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Rolando,
    I suspect the blog Kets and the real one are one and the same

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #23

    sell but 70-% off you bathtub

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    so do we really think Ashley is off
    or is it all a bit of wishful thinking

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    ashley wont sell a cash cow till he bleeds it dry like a vampire

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  • firebug666

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #26

    beermonkey

    Probably just wishful thinking mate, There has been no evidence really, but Oh! if only my day dreams could become a reality.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Beer, only trouble is MA will be walking away from free gratis 60 million every year, he loves his bit you know that, would you, he can take all the stick thats offered, he does not give a monkeys, lets see, how long can you hold your breath for!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    way to go on the sesationalist headlines again Ed. shearer has a hunch and suddenly it’s gospel!!

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I can’t see it myself Beermonkey mate. He’s on a good screw here but I remain hopeful because if we ain’t got hope we ain’t got nothing, well apart from excellent balance sheets 😉

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  • cyprus

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    RH,
    Almost wrote that, word for word

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ve often questioned why Rangers over newcastle but potentially found a reason.

    Rangers have a huge worldwide following, something like 7th highest replica kits sold worldwide (study was 4 years ago). They also have white following over in Asia, specifically south East Asia where a lot of money is…Sports direct are yet to crack that market so possibly he could be banking on that.

    Maybe he has used newcastle as much as he can, got all the publicity needed and established the business in counties we can heavily effect.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    There are a few thing he can get from Rangers that he cannot get from Newcastle, and it’s all down to costs.

    1. He can get the same coverage for a team in Europe as a team in the Premiership.
    2. He can win the SPL with Rangers while still buying cheap players in.
    3. He can have CL football easier with Rangers than with Newcastle.
    4. He has a much better chance of winning a domestic cup with Rangers.

    We all know he knows how to make the finances work, but he can still have that and a team that is winning things.

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    said this a few days ago there is no way parsnip would leave newcastle don’t care if it is for palace unless jabber was going to sell lets hope its true if its not the club will give a statement saying he’s staying so lets wait and see? heres hoping

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    White following should read a huge following

    No idea where auto correct got that from

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Dragon

    I don’t think pardew leaving means Ashley is selling.

    Why wouldn’t you double your wages on a 3.5 year contract (makes something like 7mil in that time), be closer to home, have fans who like you and more say (all be it not total say) over signings

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #36

    I almost bought a season ticket !!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Firebug

    Rangers will cost a lot to get through to group games in champs league. Also it doesn’t help him as the advertising will all be UEFA anyway.

    Plus rangers 6 champions league games (played on the nights when most will be watching he madrids, barcas, bayerns, top english/italian sides) so won’t get as much exposure as the 38 prem league games shown wold wide.

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #38

    T.S
    yes but when you think of what he has done i.e. head butting player getting every wrong record but ashley still stuck with him when he could of easily sacked him.
    but at the same time i am hoping loll

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragon

    True, but maybe he was on his final warning after that poor run so he jumped before the next mistake.

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #40

    T.S
    yer could be true what you say but lets just hope for a few hours anyway

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