This Is What Newcastle Fans Think Of The Reported Takeover Standoff

Since a takeover is in progress it would be good if no news comes out of it while the two parties are negotiating.

So by its very nature, trying to report on a takeover is difficult unless things are leaked to the press.

That’s very much like a transfer – we would be happy if we are completely surprised when Newcastle sign a top player who we have never even be linked with.

That would be a transfer done the way it should be done – with stealth.

The potential acquisition of Newcastle by Amanda Staveley is critically important to the club, to Rafa Benitez and to its fans.

That’s a fact.

So it’s not too much of a shock there are multiple reports on it.

Rafa Benitez – takeover is also important to the manager

But it’s also difficult to know what is really going on – that’s also the truth.

Fans are the most important thing to Newcastle United FC and so and here are some of what they are thinking today about the potential takeover.

Generally, it doesn’t look too good.

And finally a cosmic deal?

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67 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s strange that all thes takeovers happen without anyone knowing a single thing about them, then comes the turn of NUFC and it becomes a total circus.

    I dream of the day when we will be run in a professional manner and the circus is left behind

  • magscar

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    If Ashley isn’t prepared to budge on price and PCP are also digging in then if no breakthrough Ashley will have to release funds to spend on fees or wages (loans) in January to sustain the asking price for the future.

    This isn’t me reading the tea leaves but simply looking to past Januarys when relegation called and Ashley however reluctantly had to release monies. Even when we went down last time he brought in Shelvey Townsend, Savait and Doumbia. OK some didn’t work but but money was spent and this time hopefully Rafa is directing and gets it right.

    It isn’t the scenario we want but may just provide safety net until Summer. Keep the faith.

    Oh – I wish posters would stop thinking that everything Ashley does is about us (fans) – get over it – it is merely about him and money we don’t come into his thoughts

  • expatmag

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Just out of interest, anyone know who Ashley’s next of kin is?

  • Veltman

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Without doubt a goal scoring striker should be the priority in Jan.And probably a winger.Not much available to pick from but how did Rafa miss out on Mariano Diaz of R.Madrid,went to Lyon for only 8m,
    striked me.He’d have been an ideal banger of goals.Stoke fans must be either laughing at us or jumping up and down for getting 5m for donkeyloo..

  • albert albert

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    The slim one won’t sell for£250 mill , over to you Amanda time to up the offer or call it off , Slim one does not give a monkeys about nufc traditions , fans or our ambitions to be competitive , I hope if the takeover fails , Raffa walks , we get relegated and don’t come back up under his ownership , nose off situation from me but I hope the club ends up worth very little and slim one wouldn’t be able to give it away , then he loses best part of £250 he’s so called invested

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    no doubt were at the mexican stand off stage in the negotiations and for once there seems to be at lot of truth in these stories in the press
    these are both very hard nosed negotiators both looking for the high ground at the others expenss
    unless one gives ground there is a distinct possibility of relegation
    the moody around the ground the city the fans will be toxic

  • albert albert

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Hitman for the slim one !!!!!

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Just out of interest, anyone know who Ashley’s next of kin is?


  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Get on yer bowat Mike and ferkoff.

    A few choruses of get out of our club, get out of our club, you fat cockney so and so get out of our club, might help the job along on Saturday. Mike really dislikes that song.

  • lesh

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10


    Any insight into the big property deal that made the club’s sale an imperative?

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesper…….. That was a Danish boat by the way just so you don’t feel I’m neglecting you.

  • lesh

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12


    Shire, Hibbit…… Any insights to share?

    And, if things aren’t firmed up before January, will Rafa walk? He’s been conned a couple of times and I can’t see him buying any more promises from Ashley.

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Rafa will not tolerate Ashley much longer. He is a proud man obviously and has an excellent CV. Why would he put up with Ash and his broken promises when he would attract many higher profile jobs than Newcastle United.

    We could be in a much better position by end of January or we could be in a much worse position.

    That sums it up basically

  • expatmag

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14


    If he is not sufficiently financed in January and fails to save us from relegation, he will walk at the end of the season. I wouldnt blame him one little bit.

  • albert albert

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    5/1 for relegation , get £50 mill on it Amanda , get Raffa to walk and we would almost certainly be down , but the club for next to nowt and use the rest of your winnings to re hire Raffa and give him the rest of your winnings to get back up !!! All prey for the slim one !!!! So nothing horrible like death happens !!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    I think if we can get 4 points in the next 2 games I think everyone would calm down a little fans included the problem is Leicester and Everton have much better squads on paper so we really are going to have to play to our maximum to get anything out of these games !

    Could this also be the first time Allardyce has played against us with a superior team ? He usually parks the bus and mugs us with a goal but this time could be expected to turn up and play us off the park . Interesting!

    Must be difficult for Rafa to negotiate with targets as we probably can’t promise wages , takeover or anything! Their agents will be on the phones to plenty of clubs who can actually offer more than we can under Ashley

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    If I recall Rafa has never walked before and I don’t think he will now, I also can’t see the fat man sacking him because of the financial loss he’ll have to suffer.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    When we have been in dire straights before in January Ashley has paid out for players we really need an influx like when we got the 6 frenchies in a week and nearly got Remy as well ! Just shows if the club is desperate we can sign players quickly !

  • martoon

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Looking at the above comments – looks like Indian Magpie is relying on the stars!
    P.S nobody tell Catchy about this article – it’s not good for his blood pressure :mrgreen:

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    if its true and the offer is 250 million and Ashley is asking 300+ why would anyone come in with such an insulting offer, if it was me, i would then move the goal posts for that person to 320+.

    I would think every man and his dog knows Ashley is a greedy Tw*t that will asset strip and still want top dollar for it, he doesnt care about the club or its fans, its an object much like a car, some will take there car for main dealer service and others will use back street garages, but they will both want top price for the car when sold, and I dont blame Ashley for this.

    If anyone listens to the Main stream media and believes they know whats going on, more fool them,, this is the same media that thought brexit wanst going to happen Trump was miles behind in the polls, oops wrong again, they dont have their fingers on the pulse, they live in micro bubbles, spewing propaganda.

    because its Ashley, i would trust Gypsy’s have more of an idea of what is happening than the media,

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Martoon,, know who he is, he is on my linkedin connections

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Rafa wont go, he has a cushy number right now, he can do no wrong because it all gets pushed onto Ashley,. just the way he likes it, He seems to always create this scenario according to Carragah

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Rafa does have to get the team selection correct for Leicester they have bags of pace so no Richie at LB for a start !!

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    She’s done her homework (due dilligence) and that’s what she see’s it’s worth.Plus the HMRC thing still hanging over the club.It doesn’t look good when the ITK’s suddenly don’t know if it’s going through not to mention the media.Cashley allegedly needs the coin for a project in London so ball is in Ms Stavely’s court

  • Veltman

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Bunga Party @15
    When we signed those 6 frenchies back in 2013,I was like overwhelmed and was biggerly surprised from nowhere.That’s where I started to like more of Mikey boy 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    There is a seller who wants sell.
    A buyer who wants to buy.
    It will happen.
    However it involves 100’s of millions of £’s
    There was no way it was ever going to be
    a matter of weeks.
    Everyone just needs to chill and concentrate
    on the footy.
    That’s what Rafa is doing.

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Pc James Dixon

  • SColl

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    If the reports are true that Ashley’s valuation has dropped to 300m now it is clear he wants it sold but at the same time he wants a price that he feels is fair. I’m sure the millions he’s already taken out of the club is being forgotten when he is calculating his fair price.

    People saying Amanda should just pay the price and get it done, you wouldn’t buy a 10K car for 15K and i’m sure she is the same.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #29

    jimmy smith

    pretty sure we got a 2-2 draw at WBA, don’t remember us losing that one. It’s bad I know, but no need to exaggerate saying 6 straight losses.


    Yawn, yawn, yawn zzzzzz

    Your record aint changing is it. Do you actually ever listen to anyone else and retain information. Do you? because i can’t ever recall you doing so.

    I’ll say this one last time, although I know you wont take any of this on board, but hey ho, once again for the hard of hearing and the intentionally ignorant, here goes. No one, but no one is saying Rafa is a ”god”, is ”untouchable” and ”can do no wrong” Have you got that now once and for all ? Jeez the man himself has said he’s got things wrong.

    As Jib pointed out many bigger clubs could easily pay Rafa’s release clause.
    Ash gave your inspired choice of McLaren 80M and McLaren had the likes of Wijni, Sissoko, Townsend Janmatt etc to call on.

    Recently Rafa has gone 4231, 442 and played 3 at the back, so can be flexible. MBemba and Darlow have been recalled and Joselu was dropped too, while our best player Merino is half fit and our captain has been crucially injured for several games. The only one who hasn’t been played much is Mitro and if you’re pinning all your hopes on him, it’s not really a strong enough stick to continually keep beating Rafa with.

    You say all you do about ashley but won’t concede rafa is also a victim of Ash’s policies.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Hmm seems like the takeover has got the rocks. If it doesn’t go through then my thoughts will go to how serious was PCP interest, was it a tactic to force Liverpool’s hand and she had the perfect dance partner in Ashley.

    Rafa won’t walk as he never has, he’s come here to rebuild his reputation which took a knock from roles with inter, Chelsea and Madrid. Napoli did well with him in charge but they’ve kicked on massively since he left. He still has work to do here and the task isn’t finished, the big test is can he keep us up with little investment in Jan?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #31

    The thing is Staveley does not have to but our club she can always turn her attention elsewhere, but Ashley wants to sell…

    …and our own ITKs have insinuate that Ashley in fact has to sell!

    I don’t see Staveley given in…

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #32


    It wasn’t long ago most on here were blasting Gini, sissoko and janmaat as players that don’t care and aren’t / weren’t good enough for us. Now they are used as examples of better players…..bit confused as to which one it is now as it seems to have spun round for this season

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Our Toon…I don’t think I get your post #26!

    I can’t see Staveley’s interrest affecting the Liverpool owner one bit…and her not meeting Ashley’s ridiculous demands doesn’t mean she’s not serious…just that she believes the valuation is off…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s gonna be fun going back and reading the arguments this past summer and compare them to now…

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35


    Head is boxed in this morning with this takeover chat. Guess the point I was trying to make is she’s failed twice with Liverpool bids and apparently Liverpool is the club she wants and according to the sky commentators she is a Liverpool fan.

    Guess my far feacthed thought process is that she may never have been serious about us and was trying to show Liverpool she’s willing to bid for another team to get them to the negotiating table with her

  • Our Toon

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36


    Yep it she probably does have a value in mind and won’t budge, bit like Ashley in that sense. Sometimes the easiest explanation is only one

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #37


    I said Exactly the same with Pardew and Shteve, and i will sayit for the next manager Ashley appoints, with this owner no manager can lose, so it has nothing to do with your God complex with him, thats just you twisting what i say, EVERY manager walks away with an ENHANCED reputation from NUFC under ASHLEY

    so please wind your neck in

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #38


    How many of these clubs that pay his release clause are in the UK? and how many are within a short drive / helicopter trip from his family?

    He himself stated that he wasnt looking for a club outside the uk so it kind of narrows his options down a lot.”and like i have said many many times , just because i think he could be doing better, i still think we have a good coach.

    i think its you who dosnt listen, only to yourself and what you think you read/hear

  • Little h

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #39

    The take over stories are doing my nut in don’t even care any more… when it happens it happens until then please stop clicking on articles by tabloids it only gives them more reason to make more toff up there all different twists on the same shite truth is Ashley values the club more than it’s worth the buyers are being a little cheeky yet realistic at some point it will go hand in hand and a deal will be struck

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 6, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #40


    So Ashley didn’t spend because he knew he had the January window.

    Jeez, so he’s gambled again because EVERYONE knew we needed a striker etc otherwise we’d struggle. Now we’ll struggle to get one in January another panic buy in desperation.

    Common sense would say spend money in the summer as it’s easier and you’re less likely to struggle.

    Bare minimum man should be on Ashley’s grave.

    As I said he spends when he has no choice!


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