Takeover Expert – Newcastle Quite Close To Getting New Owner – Lots Of Interest In Club


One of the football-takeover experts in the game of football is Dr. Tom Markham, who is a specialist in football finance and strategy.

He was involved in the recent Chinese investment in both Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.

As an example, earlier this year Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao bought 80% of the Southampton football club and he paid £210M for it.

Dr. Markham thinks there is real interest in China in Newcastle United and says the club is “quite close” to getting a new owner.

Any Chinese investment is dependent on the Chinese Communist Party Congress lifting current restrictions on Chines businesses investing in football clubs – among other businesses outside of China.

The Congress is a big one (five-year congress) and takes place next week.

Dr. Tom Markham

This is what Dr. Markham has said on Thursday’s Totally Football Show podcast when asked about investment in Newcastle United:

“I think they’re quite close,”

“A deal like this, particularly the one thing that we need to realize here is that obviously the breaks have been put on football in China both externally and internally.”

“The Chinese are the ones who are always sniffing around. It was a little bit like early-2000s it would be Russians, mid-2000s it would be Middle Eastern, now we’re in the Chinese phase.”

“In term of who’s interested, I think a lot of people actually have to wait for the Communist Party Conference, which is on October 18.”

“This is a Five-Year Conference, so it’s a big one, and it will lay out what the strategic outlook for Chinese investment, both internally and externally, will be.”

“So a lot of people who are interested in the likes of Newcastle and some other clubs will have to wait and see whether they’ll get permission or not.”

“So hopefully that won’t work out in a bad way for the club.”

“Southampton isn’t your standard takeover, that one took a little bit longer than normal would in that it took 15 months,”

“But I’ve seen takeovers happen in as quick as six-to-eight weeks, but it depends.”

It definitely seems there is real interest in Newcastle United and we have to hope that a deal can be struck with Mike Ashley before the end of this year.

That would be excellent.

We’ll have to see what the  Chinese Communist Party Congress decide on whether to lift the current restrictions on buying foreign football clubs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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122 comments so far

  • YoungMag :P

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate bourinho. All that talent at his disposal and he makes them play like that. Just so boring. They have one of the only squads that can actually go toe to toe with Liverpool.

    6
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    If we can get new owners in for Christmas then that’s a massive tick from me.
    We are going nowhere under the current regime and The Fat controller offers nothing going forward in the future.
    New owners in for the New year and let’s start 2018 with a bang

    8
  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    “We are going nowhere under the current regime”
    Not so sure about that like
    we are currently mid – table without any PL dosh.

    6
  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Communist Party Conference – that’s where Jeremy and the other Corbynites are! 💡

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Hugh Dennis on “Mock the Week” made
    the best comment on “Jezza”

    viz

    Purple bins for household waste
    Blue bins for plastic and paper
    Green bins for garden waste
    AND
    Corbyns for outmoded political ideas from the ’70’s

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  • Christopher Asprilla

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    This stuff is starting to get very real now isn’t it. The Times has its own article today about how the feeling in China is that the severe ban on international investment will be lifted which really does look like it could be the difference between a yes or a no. You have to take a step back and think about the whole situation though. There are already at least two non disclosures signers from China. Surely they knew that this congress was taking place and the fact they have still gone ahead and signed a non disclosure can only lead to two reasonings. 1 These Consorta have gambled on there being a positive outcome to the congress or the more likely 2 The Consortia have well advised knowledge of how the congress will unfold and their eagerness to sign non disclosures before the congress a simple ploy to be too far ahead of any other wannabe investor. I know we all prey for Staveley’s motley crew to come along and sweep us off our feet but I believe it’s a dream too far. The simple fact is that if this congress goes how it’s expected too then Newcastle football club will be receiving bids in due course . Think about it after the “big six” who is there in the PL with a bigger support or worldwide brand than Newcastle nobody. Who is the only club up for sale in the PL Newcastle. Try and think of European giants who could be sold because I only get Liverpool as a maybe and then think of which league could you achieve the most money in by creating a Champions league team which is obviously the PL. so who is the most attractive acquisition in the PL at the minute Newcastle! Keeping Rafa happy and the team afloat is the most difficult thing to do. Let the takeover sort itself because with Newcastle being a private company it could go through in the blink of an eye. We won’t find out the ins and outs and one day over the next 2-6 months we could just see the quote “Newcastle sold”. Typical Newcastle living on the edge till the end!

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  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    JIB – no Jones’ boys but plenty of Davies’s!

    18 Welsh internationals who’ve turned out for Newcastle United since World War II.

    •Ivor Allchurch (Newcastle United: 1958-62) A brilliant inside forward. 68 career caps for Wales.

    •Malcolm Allen (1993-95) Goal against Everton earned United a first ever Premier League win. 14 caps.

    •Craig Bellamy (2001-2005). Pacy and fiery striker. Sold prematurely by manager Graeme Souness. 78 caps.

    •Paul Bodin (1991-1992) On-loan left-back played six times before returning briefly to Crystal Palace, and then to Swindon Town. 23 caps.

    •Ollie Burton (1963-73) Toon defensive stalwart and Fairs Cup hero. 9 caps.

    •Alan Davies (1985-87) Midfielder showed only rare flashes of skill at United. 13 caps.

    •Reg Davies (1951-58) Effective inside forward. Missed out on the Toon’s 1950s Wembley triumphs. 6 caps.

    •Wyn Davies (1966-71) Iconic Toon centre-forward. Sublime in the air. Fairs Cup hero. 34 caps.

    •Paul Dummet (2008-to date) Current left-back. Missed out on Wales 2016 Euro squad. 2 caps (to date).

    •Trevor Hockey (1963-65) Speedy but inconsistent right-winger. 9 caps.

    •Glyn Hodges (1987) Skilful midfielder but totally failed to shine at Gallowgate. 18 caps.

    •Dave Hollins (1961-67) Talented early-60s goalkeeeper. 11 caps.

    •Ken Leek (1961) Brief stay at United saw the centre-forward hit six goals in 14 games.

    •Gavin Maguire (1991) Very brief loan spell for the Pompey centre-back. 7 caps

    •Alan Neilson (1989-95) Defensive squad player who came good under Kevin Keegan. 5 caps.

    •Ian Rush (1997-98) World-class striker in his day. If only he’d signed for the Toon a decade earlier.

    •Gary Speed, pictured, (1998-2004) Midfield powerhouse. United favourite. Died in tragic circumstances in 2011. 85 caps.

    •Martin Thomas (1983-88) Mid-80s goalkeeping stalwart. 1 cap.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Toontaff; Power to the people brother.

    3
  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    toontaff2 @3

    According to the Maybot, her acolytes, potential assassins and the right leaning media machine, Corbyn’s with Venezuela. So you can forget China in his case.

    But, those who can think for themselves know he isn’t. He’ll be ironing his Gooner top.

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s Planet Venezuela, lesh.

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  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Crystal Palace score!
    At least it won’t be us that give them the first. Own goal?
    Sameobi scores for Bolton.

    1
  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Crystal Palace have scored a goal!

    0
  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Trevor Hocky born Keighley nr Bradford
    (where he died aged 43 )
    9 caps for Wales cos his Granny once
    visited Llandudno

    1
  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    “We are going nowhere under the current regime”

    solid mid-table Premier league team with a top manager?

    1
  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15

    “Well we know where we’re goin’
    But we don’t know where we’ve been”

    3
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Wow an Ashley lover

    1
  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Andy Carroll red card.

    0
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Jiblet strikes again

    1
  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #19

    haha no a Newcastle fan!

    just pointing out the progress made at the moment?

    3
  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Man City 3 – 0 up v Stoke after half an hour

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Well if the mackems can take any positives from the season it’s that they’ve got the best GD in the bottom three.

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Wow jib and jane
    who are the same person posted at the same time
    increible as Rafa would say

    2
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Haha if your happy with the systematic abuse Ashley has embroiled upon the club.And the yo yo of relegations.And then see success in winning a championship then that’s why Ashley is still here.
    And pissing off the best manager we’ve had since SBr because of his constant deceit and lies.

    Then that just shows why Ashley is still here

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    their goal difference just got worse

    2
  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Crystal palace was an own goal according to bt sport, so they still haven’t scored.

    0
  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    QPR winning! 😆

    0
  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    2-1 Palace
    nobody will win Super 6 this week

    0
  • jane

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28

    jazzyp are you not happy with the progress that has been made in the last year?

    1
  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Shola’s scored now!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Jazzy,
    I don’t think Rafa will be hanging around if Ashley is and I’m hoping that Merino and Lascelles have signed new deals on the strength of Rafa staying rather than a guaranteed wage if any career ending injury were to happen.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Jane

    No is the simple answer.
    How can progress out of the Championship be deemed success when we should have never been there.
    And we’ve played a handful of games back in the Pl so success now would be judged by a fool, Not that I’m implying you are.
    Success would be a mid table position come the end of this campaign considering the lack of investment yet again by the Hierarchy when it was much needed and promised to Rafa

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #32

    jane,
    It’s not progress at all if Ashley keeps refusing to back Rafa when he asks for it, keeps undermining him to a point were Rafa says enough is enough, is it?

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33

    why does everyone keep spelling pray as in wishing for something, as prey, as in something you hunt.

    2
  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Good day for the Ameobi’s, Sammi’s got bolton’s goal to.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Two devices jiblets 😮

    1
  • jazzyp

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    I hope your right bud and we get rid of the scourge that has blighted this club for these years.
    How anyone can say we have progressed as a club during his tenure beggars belief

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Rotonda,
    Because they carnt spell 😮

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Jazzy,
    The fact that he is going to profit handsomely for his complete lack of effort is sickening as well, just as long as he’s gone though.

    0
  • toontaff2

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Rolando, who’s been preying? 😆

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Jazzy,
    Two promotions must be good in some peoples eyes.

    0

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