Three Bidders In For Newcastle – Critical Two Weeks To Agree Deal – Otherwise Ashley Remains In Control


The People is reporting today that Mike Ashley has a two-week window to agree on a deal to sell the club.

The paper also reports there are two more potential buyers who have entered the bidding and Ashley is waiting for them to put in an offer for the club.

The Amanda Staveley bid of £250M seems to be deadlocked with Amanda unwilling to increase her bid and Ashley unwilling to accept less than £300M for the club.

Ashley has a total investment in Newcastle of about £262M and he would no doubt like to get his money back.

There were reports of a second bidder yesterday but this is the first time we have heard of a third potential buyer.

The current situation is that Ashley is waiting for a bid from either or both of these new potential buyers.

Mike Ashley – will he accept a bid in next two weeks?

The news a few days ago was that even if a deal is agreed to now it could take by the end of January to fully complete it.

So it looks like we will be stuck with Ashley having to come up with the funds to buy new players in January.

Heaven knows how much he will give Rafa Benitez to bring in new players – not much probably.

Given that we have lost six of the last seven games and seem to be in a complete free fall then if money is not made available in January Newcastle will almost certainly be relegated.

And Mike Ashley will get nowhere near £300M for the club when we are back in the Championship.

If a deal is agreed within the next two weeks the People suggests it is possible for the new owners to be in control sometime in January.

But we doubt that’s possible with the Christmas holidays likely to slow everything down.

The best bet would be that a deal is agreed quickly and transfer fees are made available for January by the new potential owners as a short-term loan to the club.

That would allow Rafa some funds to strengthen the squad – which is now imperative.

But what a way to run a football club!

Even when he’s trying to leave, Mike Ashley is causing undue chaos at Newcastle.

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118 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Jane it’s clear to see that with this current side we will be in a relegation scrap come end of season. No point in showing me pts total at this stage.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail

    i think its you who doesn’t see the big picture.

    Pardew and Shteve had one thing in common, they both had Ashley as the owner, no wait all three had Ashley as the owner, but the only difference is, this time Rafa is meant to be a world class coach.

    Ashley lied to KK, Shearer, not that i wanted him to stay, but Sham sacked without given a chance, treated Chris H disgracefully, gave Carr all the power for transfers, never strengthened for pardew after finish 5th, backed Shteve but sacked him very quickly, and rightly so for the poor results.

    so given all that , what makes you think Ashley would change for Rafa? it puzzels me, infact this season i think Rafa was always going to get not enough to spend given that Ashley put the club up for sale, he got the club into the prem the big shop window, now if he spends 80-100 million, without 1 seasons premiership money behind him , the funds would come out of Ashleys pocket, and he would never get that back.

    now im sure that rafa being a world class coach is the reason why Ashley took a chance on him, hoping he would coach more, having a would class coach is also a great selling point to.

    bearing all that in mind, Rafa had 2 choices in the summer stick or go, he chose to stay.

    thats all going on behind the scenes, the thing he is charge of is what im most upset with, he is to defensive for a start, his team selection, i thought P45 had an EGO but wow Rafa takes this term to a whole new level, his treatment of players is disgusting, we have a very average squad, but he himself makes it even weaker with petty feuds.

    everything that is happening right now, he knew about before signing on the dotted line

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  • c-dog

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    His treatment of Josiére in comparison to Mitrovic is one which he needs to publicly explain. What he’s doing isn’t right.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail

    my point yesterday about you working. was how can you defend something you didnt see, if you were working, Great. but blindly defending him is a little bit silly.

    going missing for 6 month, that was because i got a new job without access to a pc and a long drive to and from the job. and fixing my house.. i got on when i could and i did say he had to go. and for the last time, the choice wasnt between Rafa or Shteve, it was Shteve, bruce , hughes type of manager. so slate away, you know its a very cheap dig

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I think the ego thing cud be a fair call catchy. Certainly the stubbornness ré mitro suggests that. He made a difference v West brom so rafa gave him two mins. He talks about compactness but the holes were huge yesterday. The passing was awful (but no shelvey) and the players did not look like they were playing for him which is worry. But the man needs funds and a win

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning all,

    Mike is in a predicament as he is losing on both sides.

    1 – He needs to sell as the market opens in a few weeks time meaning he sells up before hand or invest a large amount of cash as he can’t afford another relegation as the club value with drop significantly.

    2 – He may have to accept any offer on the table which will be a good thing for Amanda as they will get their deal done and can be invested into asap.

    Mike Ashley gambles may have led him to losing out on both end and we can finally day we got our last laugh as his greed has let him down.

    And before people start saying Mike will make us into a Portsmouth and he couldn’t care just remember if he brings down Newcastle other board members on his other business adventure will see him as a liability in the business world and he could possible lose his stakes in everything.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    If we’re in middle of takeover it will be strictly spend what you earn or else the price would change, so Benitez will have to sell. He’ll try to sell all the guys he is freezing out which can maybe raise £20m. With that we’ll be lucky to get 1 good player, especially as Benitez’s signings have always been hit and miss.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa is 10x better than pardew, mclaren or anyone else we have had since bobby for that matter. Just because we as fans don’t agree with his team selection does that make him wrong..NO. I trust people in the game who call him a top coach and great tactician more than the likes of catchy for Christ’s sake. Most fans still believe in Rafa which is great as if we had fans like the majority on here we would be swapping managers every 10 games and be sitting dead bottom no doubt.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah yeah two more potential bidders who are waiting…on what actually?

    I thought Ashley needed the money by the end of next week? Something about a property deal!

    Don’t know what to believe anymore…guess we’ll see!

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    somebody should lure rafa with some tapas/Paella and duct tape him
    and put him in the back of a trunk and drive him to tyne bridge just to
    throw his ass off the bridge never to be seen again.

    he’s crap manager same as those before him.

    F@@k rafa benitez and the mackems who support him

    ps. F@@k ashley too.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesper

    Honestly, I think the deal has been agreed and its just signing the agreed deal with the lawyers which takes about a week to finalise.

    These media just want a story they can’t get so they up the pressure.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Booboo what did your elf on the shelf do this morning?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Booboo

    Stick to your own team (Scumberland) and don’t interfere with anything Newcastle.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    just for argument’s sake this deal drags on or even a new bidder pops up ashley will have to spend and big to protect his investment massive gamble if he won’t
    if he cocks this up the financial implication are massive i think he backed himself into a corner in the summer by not pushing ahead with the loan deal and a couple of quality buys
    if we were sitting mid table and playing even reasonably well the club could possibly even be worth his original asking price
    every defeat puts more on Ashley to make a decision hopefully it’s the right one

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  • hibbit

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    The next Mike Williamson

    who are these mythical managers the get every singing right i’v not come across them !!!

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    rafa and ashley are ruining my club enough is enough

    can’t afford to be relegated again and this spanish fool
    is doing all he can for us to suffer because he and ashley
    aint the best of buddies. its easy to see with his game plan
    starting line up etc..he f@@@king us up real good !!!

    shelvey on the bench ?? mitro…all our best players
    can’t get in the team why …you guys can’t handle the TRUTH

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  • hibbit

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    your club that’s interesting what about the rest of us ????

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    most of you support sunderland…..??

    you guys must be mackems in disguise.

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    supporting a man who is doing his all to take us right back to
    championship.

    thats what i call a mackemish tendencies…..wums

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Booboo just cos you say they are the best players doesn’t make you right and Rafa wrong. Also even if they are (in my case I think shelvey is our best player) doesn’t mean they fit into the system which Rafa wants to play. Rafa clearly sees a poor quality squad and so is picking a hard working line up that defends from the front. Who knows if mitro and shelvey played yesterday we may have been hammered!! I trust Rafa more than mine or your opinion.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Booboo

    Why don’t you elaborate how Rafa should pick his team?

    What has Mitro done to merit a call up? He’s done nowt ever since he’s arrived!

    Do you think Rafa would risk players who have just returned from injury!?

    Rafa plays his way as he sees fit and what right do you or any of us for that matter have a say in who he picks? Do you spend everyday with the players in training? Do you know what happens on and off the field?

    No! So shut the f@ck up and go back on your silly computers!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 10, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Nezza
    Really? Since he’s arrived, can you explain how mitro has done ‘nothing’?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Think people. Need some perspective since a lot of posters compare us to how Brighton and Huddersfield are doing so well in comparison. They are only 2 and 3 points ahead of us so not a world of difference. Had we got the win which was looking likely before the own goal then we would be around 10th. Our form is worrying but people are going over board I feel.

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  • Tuttelbom

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    -A good manager will build up players self esteme, not ruining it by go media telling how much we need PL-quality in.
    -A good manager adjust teams if things isnt going well.
    -A good manager takes his share of the responibility.
    -A good manager doesnt loose the dressing room.
    -A good manager tries to win.

    Ill rest my case.

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  • Wayayman

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    These people slating Rafa; clearly you’ve not supported Newcastle for very long or you really don’t care about them as much as proper fans do. There is no way any other manager would be doing any better than Rafa is at the minute. He has a championship squad, had to buy bargains to make that squad any where near competitive in each position. He’s also bridged the massive gap that was between the club and the fans. The gap that Ashley and his chronic lack of football knowledge, trust and bare faced bullsh!t has created over the last ten years. TEN YEARS FFS!

    Clearly you’ve either got short memories or weren’t old enough to remember the crap he’s put us through. Rafa is absolutely the very best Manager we could wish to have and we should be bloody grateful he stayed otherwise there would be zero chance of a takeover as no one with half a brain would touch us with this utter cockwomble of an owner.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Ronaldo

    What has he done exactly to merit a game?

    And yes since he arrived I haven’t seen anything from him, Gail made an impact in the championship but what did Mitro do as many thought he was next Shearer?

    He’s good at holding up play but that’s about it!

    Offers nothing for the team.

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Nufc-83

    rafa is a human and he makes basic mistakes.
    i know he knows better thats why it bothers me.

    stand up and fight for our club not rafa !!

    and the way things are going for us right now is no good
    at all. i am concerned .

    rafa wants to get one over ashley and its costing the club and
    in the end he can go on somewhere else !! but newcastle remains.

    think about that.

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    NezzaNUFC

    get your head out of rafas arse !! you fool

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Wayayman

    Just kids on this blog these days, they spend more times on Fifa and football manager thinking they know what’s best for Newcastle and know more than the manager himself.

    If any of these fools looked into Rafa history they would know how he runs a team and how he selects his teams.

    They also seem to forget our previous managers selected the best players and it got us relegated twice!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Nezza
    So his hold up play is good but he offers nothing to the team?? That doesn’t make sense. Not sure what he can do to prove he deserves a start when he doesn’t actually get the opportunity barring a few mins when we are losing.

    According to the chronicle, mitrovic has started 15 league games under Rafa Benitez and has 9 goals. He has a lot of assists too. ‘Nothing’ again I guess.

    As for the championship season, he started 11 games. That’s it, it wasn’t a run of games either. Scored 5 goals. Not great but not poor or ‘nothing’ as you put it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #31

    I see the same old Rafa hate brigade are out in force again with exactly the same rhetoric and nothing original or constructive to say. It’s undignified, embarrassing and predictably ignorant. We’re all frustrated and we’re all armchair managers who could all do so much better than a triple European trophy winning manager who ‘s been thrown under the bus by our magnificent owner.

    Merino played instead of Shelvey when we won 3 in a row before he was injured, maybe that’s why he didn’t start. Ritchie and Yedlin who were much heralded early doors seem to have hit the wall, but perhaps most significantly has been the absense of Lascelles both as captain, best defender and scorer of important goals.

    Remind me how much our most expensive player cost again? I see Huddersfield had a striker costing 16M and Bournemouth have Ake at 20M! Not so Mighty McLaren had 80M and less than Perfect Pardew had 6/7 quality players all in their prime. I am really struggling to see beyond Merino (eventually) who would get in any of the other 19 teams.

    I’m not saying Rafa hasn’t got things wrong and he’s admitted as much. I was hugely annoyed with all the long balls yesterday. However, constantly haranguing the guy, who is completely in limbo, is achieving what exactly? Yes change a few players and formations and play musical chairs but there’s no star quality to be seen in that squad that is going to magically propel us up the league. Maybe on reflection all of us and OUR egos couldn’t do so much better. Just a thought.. . . ..!

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  • c-dog

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Can’t help but feel Everton are gonna spank us Wednesday. Once again we’ve become the laughing stock of English football.

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33

    ohh no not rotonda h.

    i am just concerned about our club take it easy man !!

    many words there !!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Turtlelbum

    Do you not think rafa is talking to the press to try and get a reaction from ashley.

    I am sure rafa does not want to LOSE.

    Players’ self -ESTEEM is probably compensated by their earning more in a week than you do in a year.

    Booboo

    Your intellect and powers of conversation are very enlightening.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    i would like to point out that Chris Hughton got us out of the Championship and had us 12, in first real managerial job, he did it selling all his big stars and managed very big egos.

    thats who i can compare Rafa with at NUFC, one was appointed with no fanfare the other with world class reputation.

    I wouldnt trust Rafa with money in Jan, that whole starting outfield where his signings only Darlow who was poor was there before he came.

    did he build only for 1 season?

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  • booboo

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Rotonda heights

    I am sure rafa does not want to LOSE.

    then why dont he play his best players ?? yeahh i know ashley right
    i am sorry that my intellect and powers of conversation are maybe too direct.

    each man his own opinion ….

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    Booboo

    remember Xenophobia has no Z in it.

    Why do you have to reference the guy’s nationality in an insult?

    I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like to be called a Jamaican………!

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #38

    Boom and rotonda wins the post of the week.

    Ronaldo mitro doesn’t even hold the ball up well to be honest his first touch is on a similar level to haidara which is god awful. Joselu is much better at linking the play. Joselu just can’t shoot which is worrying for a striker lol.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Hibbit #14…that was also my argument in the summer!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy

    unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that’s exactly what rafa did, buy champo players to get us back on the understanding Ashley would back him on our return. With a net spend of 19M that clearly didn’t happen, so yes effectively we have ended up with largely the same champo team. charnley couldn’t or under orders, wouldn’t even negotiate us Abraham, Loftus Cheek, Semedo and others, all of whom would offer more than the current squad.

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