Newcastle Now A Very Good Takeover Target

With the financial results of the last year now announced, Newcastle United are the 19th richest club in the world with revenues of £129.5M, and one of the most profitable clubs in the Premier League with profits of £18.7M, so Newcastle would appear to be an excellent takeover target for a Billionaire or consortium who wanted to take Newcastle back to their former greatness.

Cardiff City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Mike Ashley – owner of money-making machine
Also known as Newcastle United FC

That certainly will never happen with Mike Ashley as owner.

And we’ve always thought that Mike Ashley wouldn’t sell the club by putting it up for sale, which he’s already done twice with no success, but rather he would get a big unsolicited offer and would then sell quickly.

Mike paid around £135M for Newcastle almost eight years ago,  and the club owes him £129M – so the bid would have to be something north of around £265M for the owner to get his money back.

Two big advantages Newcastle have as a takeover target are the fans, who would fill St. James’ Park every home game with 52,000, if we had a good side that was winning games and challenging for honors.

The other is the magnificent St. James’ Park stadium, which is one of the best in England.

And if somebody came in and did the necessary due diligence on the books, we feel that last year’s figures are even better than the 18.7M in reported profit.

There’s about £28M in increased revenue, that did not fall through to the bottom line as profit – so it’s gone somewhere as costs.

Newcastle finances are probably even better than the figures that were reported – which are both club records.

Another advantage for Newcastle is the enormous money coming in from the Premier League every May.

And next year the new massive three year deal clicks in,  and the TV rights have gone from the current £3B to a massive £5.1B – an increase of 70%.

So assume we got about £80M for being 10th last season – that would be around £136M in May, 2017, if Newcastle finished 10th in the season after next.

And that would add around £56M to the revenues from last year – so let’s just say Newcastle are going to become a rich club with big profits – always assuming Ashley’s stringent and sometimes reckless policies don’t wind up getting us relegated again.

If an ambitious owner came in there would be ample money to spend on building up the squad rather quickly, and they could hire a world-class manager, yet still break even financially (zero profit), and keep within the guidelines of the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.

So the bottom line is that Newcastle would appear to be a very good takeover opportunity for an ambitious new owner.

However, American Randy Lerner is having trouble selling Aston Villa – who are also a very famous club – and it seems like the best offer he will get for Villa is around £150M.

The news this week is that Lerner has flown to England to enter into discussions with an unnamed consortium with Villa at a price of £150M, and negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage.

But with Aston Villa still in danger of being relegated – being only 2 points above the drop zone in 4th bottom place – a purchase now would seem very risky.

Newcastle would be a much better bet, but the club would cost around £115M more.

With all this big money coming in, we also doubt that Ashley would want to sell;  not until we’ve had a couple of years of the new massive TV deal that starts next year.

Newcastle’s currently too good of a money-making machine for Mike Ashley for him to sell now.

Unless a big offer comes in.

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107 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #1

    2-0 to pardew, see he always does it to the big teams.

    Bring him back.

  • yorkymag

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Dream on fcb will not sell
    This is now personal he hates us and is making a fortune from us
    It gets no better for him

  • toon kk

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew wasn’t the problem at Newcastle, he would be under strict Mashley rule and trying to motivate a basic lackluster bunch of championship players wouldn’t have been easy. Carver is having the same problem.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Expect to hear lots of rumours of consortiums and Arab take overs to keep the natives from revolting over the next few weeks.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Man City looking like a failed project and they only get 40,000 crowds as the second team in Manchester.
    Why don’t their owners sell up and start again with NUFC
    That would be something

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #6

    enough with pardew. say what you want about him, but the numbers dont lie. He was not a good coach here. no one cares if he has half a good season with a team, we had a half a good season with him last year and look where it ended.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #7

    carver is pardew 2.0 so i doubt our results would have been any better here if he was here. BTW, the first goal was offisde on 2 separate occasions. All the bad luck we go the last 4 years has reversed for him now on CP. they have gotten basically every break since jan.

  • johnymac100

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done the blokes on boils my piss the stuff that ashleys has done and is still doing so all together for a change and get him out!!!!

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    oh and mashley never selling, why would he? $$ is rolling in.

  • MacToon

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #10

    “The least said about Riviere the better – this is a lad who is making me pine of the days of Frank Pingel. He’s shit.”

  • MacToon

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    lochinvar, while you’re here. You mentioned The Haymarket the other day. Best bar the town’s ever had imho.

  • Sleepin Giant

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Far far worse than Palace and Pardew doing okay against Citeh – their GA is now -3 – we’re at -16 and the lack of investment in our defence gets every more critical. And it will not be remedied over the summer.

    All that APs turn round at Palace has shown is that it really is the fatman who is the brake on our club, the real nihilist who sells tat sportswear at vast profits but cannot run a successful football club. His placeman is gone.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13


  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #14


    I can’t disagree with anything your saying and I have been guilty of some of your points.

    The club don’t say much and the only real thing I ever hear is it’s pointless to try. Which is the exact opposite of what everybody else has ever said to me about anything in life.

    Earlier sparky said we can’t compete financially with him so our only real currency is the truth. We don’t need to make things up or embellish any stories as the truth should be damning enough.

    It’s earlier days, well the first day of and I hope they get some sort of protest off the ground ASAP.
    The quicker the better IMO.


    Who gives a rats ass about palace and Percy? I had enough of him when he was here and they mean zip to me.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m kinda confused on this thread.

    Are we a good takeover target or not?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #16

    2-2 now

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    stii 2-1

  • sparky55

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #18


    I’ve been sending AO links re bad press about Ashley all night and just got an e-mail back saying they’re going to start a part of the web-site highlighting his non footballing related activities.

    Like you said…the truth will hurt…we need to let everyone know what he’s like via SKY…the very medium that’s made his business so great…and hopefully will be his downfall

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #19

    palace won 2-1

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Excellent article, he’s right as well, people need to get off their arses.

  • sparky55

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #21

    FCUK palace by the way…Pardew is currently doing what he always does when he first takes over a team…but he’ll take them down next year or the year after…mark my words

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Good on you sparky55, everyone needs to pull their weight.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Palace more likely to be a take over target
    Seven wins out of eleven
    39 points
    More Sky money
    And Pardew has taken anger management courses
    What more could Ashley wish for – sell NUFC ( please ) and take over at Palace where he has friends with benefits down in the smoke.
    Perfect scenario

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Good game that
    Palace away to the mackems next
    If they play like that they’ll moider da bums.

  • jimiley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #25

    You can only buy a club if the owner sells. Mashley will never willingly sell coz he is making a fortune. We are stuck with him until he dies.

  • Thump

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #26

    @Mac: Bloody fantastic article. Choice exerpt:

    f you want to fight Ashley then you all and me included need to do far more than we’ve ever done before. That will mean more than sending pithy comments via all manner of social media. It will mean getting off your arses and getting on the streets and acting. If you really care as much as how hard you all press those letters on a keyboard, you’ll be there with your fellow Mags and you’ll be putting up a fight with no guarantee of success. You’ll be doing it because you know it’s the right thing to do and you’ll be arguing with your mates who look and sound like they have lost all hope, the clueless twat next to you at the match who knows nowt but has all the answers … it will mean giving up your spare time and not leaving it to some unknown others to sort it.

    Bang on.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Haymarket – shall never forget the atmosphere and some of the characters in there – real men who grafted for a living and knew how to drink !
    Just sad that the likes of Ashley can’t even comprehend what it’s all about

  • BandB

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #28

    It seems this involves getting off your arse and …er going to the match.

    Did anyone “enjoying the craic” among the away section make their voices heard today?

    Because they sure as hell didn’t make their voices heard yesterday.

  • jimiley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #29

    The only way to get of Mashers is to embarrass him. Advertising his tat in front of 15k is the answer. Geordies are too proud or dumb to vacate their seats. None of the other top teams would put up with this bollocks so our fans deserve all the rubbish served up. Demos are pointless. Mashers will laugh at a demo.

  • Mag52

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #30

    So Pardew’s Palace push on up the Premiership.
    Another big scalp for our much maligned former manager, whose 9 points against Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea before Xmas could well be enough to keep us in the premiership the way things are looking at the moment.
    As for the website, I’m all for it. I think it’s significant that this time it’s not directed at Carver. Presumably not because Carver is seen as a better manager than Pardew, but because the penny has finally dropped that Ashley has been the villain all along, and Pardew was never appreciated at NUFC for the ability he clearly has.

  • Small World

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #31

    MacToon // Apr 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM
    lochinvar // Apr 6, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Of course the Haymarket was the best bar in town. I was a regular for a while, and a mate of mine worked behind the bar for a couple of years when at college. The best and LOUDEST jukebox in the world :0)

    The biggest shame was of course after the Uni bought the land and knocked it down in 87(?) They didn’t re-develop the land until a couple of years ago.

  • Graeme

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #32

    The only way he can be forced out is if someone shoots the bastard. In the meantime he is going nowhere. He doesn’t give a shit what the Ashley out brigade say or do. As long as NUFC are making money and set to make even more with the new TV deal he will take any shit that is coming.
    He will sit in his mansion smoking a his cigar, drinking his Port and is probably thinking “that will show the Geordie bastards they have it coming after all the abuse they’ve thrown my way” He is a nasty vicious sod and won’t be scared off by a few marches and bad headlines.
    The empty stadium thing is bollox. All he would do is give away tickets to the kids if there were empty seats, shuffle the crowd round relative to the cameras so it doesn’t look bad and maybe whack up a few more SD hoardings.
    The revenue loss is pocket money to a bloke worth £3 billion. The fact is Ashley will go when it suits him and not before.Having shelled out about £260 million including his loan he would not accept anything less than £400 million for the club. The Next TV deal probably means he would not accept less than £500 million.
    Getting rid of him is going to be far, far tougher than most people understand; The chances are, he will leave when he has achieved what he set out to achieve. Pleasing the “Geordie Nation” is most certainly very high up on his list of priorities.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Any player who was fit and available and could not get onto the pitch at Sunderland needs to take a long hard look at themselves because if the current shower of shit-bags is keeping them out of the team, then f knows what that says about them.

    I hope they read this.

  • scout

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Been watching documentaries about Fred Dibnah, a great man. What a job he done.
    Not like MA I made a fortune and didnt do anything with it.
    Sick of hearing the same old crap every day he’s gonna do this and he’s gonna spend that. It’s all bolloxxx.

  • Graeme

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #35

    The last line should say …….is most certainly NOT very high up…….

  • sparky55

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Starting to feel some traction lads…we need everyone to buy into this new anti ashley effort and get our angst to the levels of our weegy mates at Rangers.

    Whatever happens you have to love the club more than you hate Ashley…you have to shed any lingering complacency of his ownership of our great club, absolutely despise what he’s done and aim to free the club of his cancerous bile.

    Love your club, hate the man and dare to dream

  • scout

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I cant even buy a shirt anymore with wronga on it. Its immortal.

  • scout

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry immoral

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #39


    I’d rather try and get him out and achieve nothing than do nothing and achieve nothing.

    As it says in the article Mactoon posted, it’s the right thing to do!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m disappointed in you, that was a right rabble rousing Churchillian speech, if you’re not going to get on board maybe it’s best to say nothing at all unless you’d rather he stayed.


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