Newcastle Fans Explode On Twitter As Ashley Announces He Wants Club Sold Quickly


Newcastle fans exploded on Twitter this afternoon when the news broke that Mike Ashley wants to sell the club and sell it quickly.

He has even said he will defer payments on the club to get a quick sale so this seems to indicate Mike Ashley is very keen to sell the club and before the end of the year.

It’s been 10 years he’s been in charge but we now have Rafa in place and he is building a good team with no money available.

Just think what kind of team he could build (very quickly) if he was given significant transfer funds to spend – starting in January?

Fabulous news.

Howay The Lads!!

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager



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139 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 16, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    If the asking price is indeed 380 million, and can be paid in installments then I think its very much on, but the unresolved tax investigation can still be a major sticking point. I wouldn’t even confidently buy a used car off Ashley, so for sure you’d want to be sure of exactly what you’re getting into if you are going to spend that level of money to relieve him of his football club.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    just worried as we’ve been here twice before.

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  • Thump

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #3

    @jimmy: there’d likely be a clause in the buyout pending the outcome of the HMRC investigation. What that clause would be is up in the air, but I doubt any potential owner would just accept a purchase without it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I want this club sold as well but not just at any cost…

    I am not going through another Mike Ashley or something like what Blackburn, Cardiff, Coventry, QPR or Blackpool has experienced (just to name a few)

    …and imagine having to go through another blog-war!

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  • sparky55

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #5

    I can assure you lads the deal will get done irrespective of any outstanding investigations or fines or wrong doings or Legal action or whatever…Ashley will have this deal done and dusted before Dec 15

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Cans

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Town

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Now

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  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    The best scenario would be the inclusion of
    Rafa Benitez in the selection process.

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  • Toondog2

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    WOOF WOOF

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  • sparky55

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    hahahaha…pmsl…cud very well be a big night out in the toon tonight!

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  • simon376

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12

    As Sparky55 says will be sold soon. Yes we all know it was up for sale and people doing due diligence, surely this announcement means some bids have been made now and within a month or so it will officially be sold

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    sparky55….lets hope so! Any rumours of what we might get?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Being as Mike has considerately agreed to sell the club with a credit option surely the blog can put a consortium together to pay a deposit and agree terms with him?

    My immediate thoughts regarding members of the the new board and other important appointments are as follows:-

    Chairman of the board…. Jail for Ashley
    Managing Director …… Tsunki

    Other board members…… Toontaff, Sing in the corner, Ron Knee and Mister Tuff

    Press Secretary…… B and B

    PR executive and club spokesperson…… Jib

    International PR and roving ambassador……Jesperfuglslang

    Chief executive of Home supporters……. Bobbybee

    New Chief scout….. Ketsbaia

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  • bladeuser

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Time to return yet again
    ASH OUT

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  • Shoulders knees

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Bettyswallocks

    I could put a tender in to be The tea lady

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    If you reaction to this news is anything other than OMFGYESGETINYOUMOTHERSVJDSVNMJGFFCVBNHGFDCBBJGDDJUTFCCBJDSDFGHGETIN!!!!!!!!!

    Then there’s something seriously seriously wrong

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    NO JAIL FOR ASHLEY YET,, HMMMMM , HE MUST BE SLEEPING

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s brilliant news. Disappointed by the result on Sunday but this more than makes up for it. Toodleoo Mikey. I can’t say it’s been fun but good riddance!!

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  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa was on the South coast yesterday evening
    I would think a meal somewhere dahn sarf last
    night – to put Rafa in the picture – with the the
    announcement the following day

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21

    After the sale is completed here’s hoping Mike and Lee get some time in her majesty’s fine prison system. Enjoy your stay lads!

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  • JohnJ

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Hmmm…… I wonder wjhere Lee Charnley sits in this situation as he seems to work well with Rafa?

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  • cyprus

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Good call re the suggested chief scout. Hope the new owners can afford his selections, because if they do I’m looking at CL games again.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Lee Charnley, as part of the deal, should be fired out of a novelty sized cannon straight into the stadium of light with banner reading “F**k off mike” attached to his behind

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  • Bambams

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I wonder if there are several parties interested but maybe only one or two have the money available up front and are haggling the price down knowing the others haven’t got it all or as much.

    This way ash can bring more bidders into the market offering them the instalments option AND may get a larger final fee.

    There must be offers on the table already and Ash is trying for a bidding war that ends in December as Sparky has stated.

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  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s been featured on BBC Radio 4 news……

    And

    Sparky
    Given Ashley’s interest in property investments, I wonder where the bit of Strawberry corner land fits into his plans? Any insight on that? It’d be nice to think he’d return it to the Club.

    Reading the words “A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions” one could be forgiven that Ashley’s proposing to assess potential buyers and select the one(s) considered best to take the Club to greater heights.

    It’d be good news were he to take the sale seriously and carry out a thorough due diligence to determine interested parties’ motivation as well as liquidity. Dream on.

    And if he’s prepared to offer the facility of staged payments from a buyer, that would give credence to potential Chinese buyers being involved. Wasn’t there a suggestion that such investors were only allowed to take 80% of an overseas business until approval to take 100% was granted by the Chinese Communist Party conference?
    We can but wait and hope that fans can look forward to a happy Christmas and wish our current owner all the success he deserves.

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  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #27

    R.I.P.
    Sean Hughes

    stunned

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  • Christopher Asprilla

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Well , well , well three holes in the ground. This has to be a good thing and has us the supporters dreaming of new owners by Christmas. The man must be desperate but the piece in the Guardian says no offers have been turned down and this could be a play to entice the non disclosures signers from waiting till the end of the season. I must admit he’s trying to make it as simple as possible by deferring payments and from the outside all looks well . Benitez will get his way if he’s patient but I can’t help thinking (we are Newcastle supporters) that it’s this or bust for Ashley. Is this a case of I can’t spend anything in January but Benitez will walk otherwise so defer payments now to get the club off his back. A week ago I said it was takeover or bust. Well now that phrase has never been more true. The fact is though that the fat lad definitely wants out and all the rumours of him just messing around to not spend we’re false. Keep Benitez and get through the Chinese congress and I think it’ll happen. You never know Ms Staveley may of reconsidered now and choose Newcastle over Liverpool. The next step is the announcement if and hopefully when it happens. HWTL!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye Jesper,
    Gawd forbid you’d have to go through boycotting our games on dodgy streams again and buying your shirts from fake Chinese websites.
    Anyone can pick out the worst new ownership deals of the last ten years and say that’s what could happen, there are a lot more successes. Even if we did end up with a Venky they’d be hard pushed to worse Ashleys time at the club in his ten years. Not to mention that we have all round footballing maestro, genius and living legend Rafa Benitez in the chair to put any new owner on the right track.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #30

    And the home supporters’ position is good too.

    Have no idea how the others would cope, but it looks a solid team overall.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Bettyswallocks, I want a job aswell!! Can I be Irish Ambassador to NUFC ? Please confirm.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail, please don’t mention the Venkys. i’ll be ill. Cant imagine Ashley was worse than them. In fact, the fact that he got Rafa redeems him , a little.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib, terrible news re Sean Hughes. End of Hurricane Ophelia over here today. Its been crazy, and then the ashley bombshell

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster,
    Rafa got us not the other way round, Ashley lies and deceit may well have lost him this summer.

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  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Munster Mag
    Texted that from his storm cellar

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Munster…… Sounds good to me but the board will need to vote you in.

    From last thread , an additional suggestion to the new administration :- Political correspondent…… Lesh!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #37

    I wonder if Lejeune has lost his starting spot as soon as he got it based on that one horrendous gaff yesterday? It showed such poor judgement. Yet he looks to have promise. Tough one for Rafa. We will need reinforcements from the new owners. A striker and a number 10 first please.

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  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster
    I saw Sean at the Edinburgh festival about 25 years ago
    and talked to him in the “Cottars Howf” afterwards
    Comic genius and genuine nice guy

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Imagine if we had an owner who actually invested, who actually wanted to take us up a gear!

    We’d be the most hated team in the league

    It’s beautiful

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  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #40

    cyprus

    The Club’d need to negotiate special terms at the Gateshead Hilton or better still the Jesmond Dene Hotel to accommodate all Kets’s signings!

    It’s likely that some owld time posters’ll come to the surface now there’s board jobs in the offing. Bettys’ll need to get a recruitment specialist on the case to make sure candidates are up to the job. We don’t need any Walter Mittys running the Club.

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