Mike Ashley Could Sell Newcastle


72 year-old former Chairman Freddy Shepherd has said today that it wouldn’t surprise him too much if Mike Ashley was to sell Newcastle United.

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Freddy Shepherd – Ashley could sell Newcastle

Freddy was asked specifically if he would be surprised if Mike Ashley were to sell Newcastle so he could take over Rangers FC, and this is what he has said in the Chronicle:

“I’d be surprised the day I’m surprised!”  “He’s a businessman – end of story. He’s in it to make money and that’s the bottom line.”

“Good luck to him. It just happens to be football and everybody’s sentiments are hooked up to it.”  “It’s a different animal to any other business.”

One big question Newcastle fans have about Ashley, is why did he buy Newcastle in the first case in June, 2007, other than he was flush with cash after taking his Sports Direct company public.

What does he get out of it – and of course since money clouds everything else he seems to do – it’s not a bad bet he’s in it for the money.

So if a bid of around £250K came in, he may in fact sell up and leave for colder weather north of the border at Rangers FC, although the Board announced recently that he would own Newcastle until at least the end of next season.

We cannot see the sense of him doing that and owning Rangers FC, since the Premier League is where the big money is, but he’s up to something with his dealings to gain control of the Scottish Powerhouse.

But Ashley will not reveal what his end game is at Rangers – and that’s what he Scottish FA is pushing for, and Mike has already managed to get the Rangers fans dead against him.

Alan Pardew left very quickly – and maybe Mike Ashley will follow him out of the door?

But unlike Freddy, we’d be very surprised if that happened anytime soon.

What do you think?

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37 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Ah yes lil but the two board members he managed to get appointed are cheif executive and finance director so any offers of help or cash can be vetoed on his say so. Like the king deal, the three bears offer and the American sarver. The only way they’ll ever manage to get rid is if the three aforementioned or somebody else buy enough shares which looks unlikely as he did have backing from the other shareholders. Saying that the previous biggest shareholders laxey partners who were thought to back fatty, sold their 16% stake to dave king in a broadside to fatty.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I think I would give up all together if he got back involved in the club, what right has he got to back or not back people, he was a disgrace.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    why do we read what this guy has to say?

    he Fcuked us up in the first place, and every time I read him , its like he is gloating

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Despite two managers walking on him and another having a heart attack, bills reckons Mashers is the best owner in 50 years. Where are you bills to share your thoughts on this current ‘crisis’.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    AC,
    No, the Sarver deal couldn’t got through as he wanted to buy the entire club. There were plenty of shareholders who didn’t want to sell. They can refuse offers of loans and cash injections, but if someone bought up a majority shareholding then they wouldn’t be able to.

    As for King’s move, it is yet to be blocked, and he seems confident he will receive the 50.01%vote required to remove all four directors from their roles. What happens next is anybodies guess.

    They are by no means safe in their positions at the minute. Sandy Easdale, one of Ashley’s allies, has increased his holding of shares, but not his share of voting rights, so they are all still vulnerable.

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  • Sammyb9999

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    250M Ed

    I would like to think that all the actions and lack of actions taken by Mike all point at the sale of Newcastle. He may over these last three weeks left us managerless to allow a new owner to come in and appoint who they want without the need to sack an implemented manager with 3 years on his contract.

    Also any consortium potential owner may have an input as to who we appoint. They may wasnt to interview/speak to different candidates before coming to an agreement, as does the potential candidate before accepting the job.

    A joke was made on Canal+ with R.Garde asking whether he would like jotevic at the club, which he laughed off, but with that kind of player (i dont personally rate) you would require a big budget for the fee and wages.

    We could all dream, but i tend to think someone wants to come in and because of our stringent finances, we could potentially be big players due to FFP, allowing us to over pay the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton. That alone makes us a much more viable proposition alone.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Rumours on twitter that we are in talks with a Dubai consortium who want to purchase the club. Haven’t seen the tweet myself, but I am informed that the sauce is reliable.

    Take what you want from this, I will be treating it with a massive pinch of salt.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Lil

    These shareholders who didn’t want to sell are the same shareholders who back fatty so of course they rejected the offer of a complete buyout, but ultimately with the power fatty holds he’s got them over a barrel so who can blame them.

    The king offer will never get the go ahead for the same reasons as above as it initially needs 75% of shareholder’s to agree to the agm which will probably happen but then like you say he needs over 50% to push it through. The only opposition so far seem to be dave king with 16% and the three bears with another 16%. The rest seem loyal to fatty.

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe… Fingers, legs, arms and eyes all crossed, not holding my breath though, NUFC seems to be cursed, we always seem to end up with the 5hitty end of the stick.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #10

    lilon no salt left in the north east its all on the road’s

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Lil

    Interesting about the talks. I find it highly coincidental that we just happen to be over their at the same time these rumours start. Probably someone looking to be an itk. The papers make better stories up lol

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    250k really?

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  • count

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed could stop writing articles with could in the title because anything could happen.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #14

    the word of shepherd lol
    File away in drivel and nonsense column

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Ac/lil

    That Dubai rumour has been doing the rounds a few weeks now.
    Started before Percy left.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Twitter rumours saying Dubai consortium in talks for a NUFC takeover

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Lil…Never have I ever wanted a Twitter rumour to be true as much as that one!

    My guess is it’s just a simple case of 2+2=5…or was it 6?

    On the other hand, it wouldn’t surpirse me, with the Rangers situation, if Ashley has been sounding buyers out.

    Always good to know your options and have an exit strategy in place after all.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyway I’m off, got more important things to do like getting my head down lol. Good talk.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe…just for the exercise try and compare these two posts – they are about the same subject and one of them spawned the other:

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 20, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    From what I gather about the Fat one, is that he doesn’t like Newcastle to be a burden work-wise not just financially!

    …so make it a burden!

    The other thing is – as firebug mentioned – that SD is his main product and he has shareholders to please. Simply make that difficult for him.

    He needs to loose interest in Newcastle. Now is a good time to do that with his new interest in Rangers!

    Now we just need someone to start the fire…and then for us all to unite 🙂

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Jesper,
    Admirable sentiments, but the statement doesn’t ring true for everything.

    SITC,
    For me, it isn’t about targeting his other interests and making life uncomfortable for him. The only way I see of getting him out is through offering him a viable alternative that works for him. It makes my skin crawl just saying that – we owe him nothing and most fans don’t want to see him get what he wants.

    Still, it is about uniting the fans, bringing them together. There are enough Newcastle fans in positions of influence who can open doors to other high powered, affluent individuals to help facilitate a sale.

    Ashley needs a get out which doesn’t make him look like he is shying away from a fight, or a tight spot. To get rid of him we need to make it seem like he is winning, when in reality we all get what we want.

    Do you see anything similar?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #20

    is john carver handling the sale

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Lilo

    That runour was knocking about a couple of weeks ago but from a highly dubious source.
    Fingers crossed though.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #22

    OP

    Didn’t it start once it was confirmed we were going out there? Or it might of been just before. Like Ibiza said I’d like nothing more.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Don’t know how popular we would be with potential buyers? Both Everton and Villa upfor sale, similar size clubs to us and could be obtained for 100m less than MAsh would want for us?
    Tbh with FFP , the TV deal and our current wage structure etc we don’t need a billionaire. Just a consortium with the clubs best interests at heart that reinvest the clubs money into the club and look to expand the brand. Very similar to what Gold and Sullivan have done at West Ham!
    Personally think any interested parties will come from USA or Canada as the game is getting huge there.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #24

    For 250k I’ll buy it myself then pay myself 1 million a year as chairmen.
    I promise to put any profits back into transfers

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail ———- cmon, you know bills is just taking the p@@s.. I dont think anyone takes him seriously, i dont think he takes himself seriously, he is in it for the windup. when i first come on the blog i thought , is this bloke clever or just an idiot ? it didnt take long to find out .bills means no harm – hes just thick.

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  • grem1983

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    The ‘source’ for the Dubai rumour was ‘Super Agent’ Jonathan Hope a convicted Pedophile who claimed to have brokered the Danny Welbeck deal to Arsenal, but Welbeck himself came out and said he had never heard of the bloke

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  • JARRAMAG

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    There is no way Ashley is going to sell NUFC.Think logically Tv payments are going to hit £100mill per year and are only going 1 way.He can skim off £50mill per year and get free advertising forever.Sell up never he will die first.

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  • anthc

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    250k? Why don’t we have a whip round!
    Can’t see ashley selling up either. He probably starts these rumours so people keep season tickets. No signings and carver till the end of the season with a bottom half finish.

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  • bro56

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29

    no wonder people skip this site. always the sensational headline to draw people in.

    weak effort really. Everytime Newcastle are under pressure we consult an ex Chairman to dish the dirt.

    You should know better.. theres nothing in this we don’t already know

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  • ArtyH

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #30

    I cannot think of ANY chairman who has been totally honest and for the club, we have all been ” milked ” because of our love of the shirt. It just happens there is so much more money in the sport now and Ashley is taking MAXIMUM advantage of the situation and the supporters. He knows ” fans ” will continue to buy tickets and attend matches despite the scandalous treatment he dishes out to supporters and they lap it up. They complain but still turn up, well the mugs do, but he relies on that to rake in the money and say nothing. He treats fans as pond life, and we are as we do nothing about it. The only way to get him out of the toon is to boycott a game or two which would be on $ky T.V, do you think he could stand the embarrassment of an empty stadium??? It would wreck his standing as an owner and it would show the F.A he is not fit to own a P.L club. If fans do not take a stand we deserve what we get and the fat slug will continue to rub salt into our gaping wounds!!!

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  • MR NEWCASTLE

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #31

    its qatar who are after a prem club it was mentioned in the summer last year strange how laudrops name has come up aswell isnt he a manager over there anyway fat slug out

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  • derekm

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    The Dubai thing may well have legs – Ashley has tried to sell to them before, when the club was in a different financial position to what it is now. The rulers / businessmen of Dubai are beginning to seek ways to get out of the country before the oil runs out -they are going to be the first of the major producers to suffer this fate, thats why the place has suddenly become a tourist destination over the last decade. In the same way Abramovic bought Chelsea to escape Russia and probably an assassins bullet, The hierachy in Dubai may well be looking at NUFC as a good way out.

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  • Sav

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    FFS Fat Freddy Shepherd is just one in a long line of chairmen who have taken out more than they put in at NUFC. In his own way he brought shame on the club, too. Why is the old bugger still hovering around looking to put in his penn’orth every time there’s a crisis? Sling your hook Shepherd, you had your chance, you dined out on it but you f***ked up.

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  • Sav

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #34

    A new contract has been offered to Callum Roberts. How about Aarons? Any news?

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  • MR NEWCASTLE

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    he is not going to sign for us the club has been trying for ages now he wants out FAT SLUG has prob offered him 0 hours FAT SLUG OUT SLIMMEY SNEAKY TW T

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  • MR NEWCASTLE

    Jan 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    mind i did hear last summer the arabs from qatar where after a prem club. someone said its to do with oil but its to do with world cup. saying that theres lots of storys going about. anyway yes lets pull his sd sign down or cover them up that is a good idea .i wish i was still going just so i could do it aswell those who still go just do it FAT SLUG OUT NOW

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  • magpie66

    Jan 20, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    250k is 250 thousand so I may buy them myself!
    Seriously though I know we would all love to see success do we really want it as a result of money coming from women, gay, free speech, infidel, democracy hating Arabs? Real Madrid dropping the cross from the crown on their crest. Barcelona taking the St. George cross from their logo all to appease the big money from the middle east where the cross offends them. Perhaps we would be again forced to lose the name St Jame’s park as Saints also offend them?

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