AshleyOut Group Issues Second Powerful Statement To Ashley In As Many Days

There is new news in the media this morning about what Amanda Staveley has bid for Newcastle, and she says she made three bids for the club in November and the latest one – which is still on the table – is for £250M with no clauses in it.

Mike Ashley (or a source for Mike Ashley) via Sky Sports this morning has said he is not aware of this bid.

This further muddies the water and what really is happening with the takeover and what Staveley has bid for the club.

The AshleyOut have responded with a second statement to Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley – it’s painful for the fans too

This is the statement AshleyOut group issued after reading the exclusive interview by George Caulkin of the Times with Amanda Staveley:

AshleyOut has this evening read with astonishment an exclusive interview with Amanda Staveley by respected journalist George Caulkin in The Times.

Ms. Staveley has stated on the record that three bids have been made for Newcastle United Football Club in various payment structures (as suggested by Mike Ashley).

This directly contradicts a Mike Ashley approved statement released by his preferred media vessel, Sky Sports News.

This is the third time Mike Ashley has tried to sell the club. This time we know that a credible buyer has tabled a number of bids via Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ex Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort – the man that worked for Ashley on his purchase of the club.

In October 2017 Mike Ashley stated:

“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale,” the statement read.

“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.”

Mike Ashley’s legacy of Newcastle United is of constant lies, false dawns and failure and now it is time for him to negotiate seriously with Ms. Staveley (or other serious interested parties if they exist) to allow a worthy custodian to take over Newcastle United to begin to rebuild itself as the football club we love and know it can become.

AshleyOut group will consider its position in light of these latest developments. We are fully behind Rafa Benitez and the team and hope for an excellent result at Manchester City on Saturday.


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23 comments so far

  • mac the jaffrey

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Do the right thing mikey boy……………………

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley and jib out!

  • mac the jaffrey

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha! My 1st ever 1st!

    Today is clearly gonna be a good one

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    “AshleyOut” ??? Shut up please, you are like the people’s front of Judea!

  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    very pro Ashley this morning ???

  • Jib

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    AshleyOut group will consider its position in light of these latest developments

    pompous (anonymous) prats

    as if any real supporter gives a flying chuff what these
    nitwits want or think

  • magscar

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost Thanks Ed 🙂


    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:20 AM
    Comment #12

    From an Express exclusive just a couple of days ago ( Stavely’s mouthpiece in this public negoatiation)

    “Following further talks between the two parties, Staveley is tabling a new offer in excess of £300m.

    There has been no response from Ashley’s camp and it is understood he is waiting until next month’s announcement on the Premier League’s new TV deal before making a decision.”

    Surprising that no mention of this by Caulkin – was offer not tabled then? why? If not made then why mention no response from AShley camp?

    Is this really good for us in current ( and latest) crisis? Just get on with it in private or if not possible then wait until position stabilises and resume discussion through intermediaries not press. Ashley decisively lost the battle for fans souls years ago so no need for public posturing by PCP bidders to win us over.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Ah good, maybe today is the day we can all agree on what a real fan is! Beautiful!

    Jib…You’re spot on there. Who cares they want a club that tries. Who’d want that?

  • magscar

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I want Ashley out as well but still reckon he will go when he judges it is the right time for him only and no one else.

    I really hope these anonymous(?) fans once again seizing a chance to resurrect a failed (still born even after Pardew out) campaign do not seek protests/walkouts during matches and unduly affect team in what are very difficult home games given results and displays so far. I don’t doubt their sincerity just their possible misjudgement of precarious situations which are simply about Ashley.

    Rafa wants us to pull together to avoid relegation and that includes Ashley Out group so ensure you get your strategies right.

  • AncientC

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    So… around about a week ago I suggested that Staveley could be buying the club for herself and she may have more than 1 backer. DubaiMicky interjected with the below:


    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM
    Comment #82

    “No way will or can PCP be representing 2 different bidders let alone 3.”


    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:13 PM
    Comment #85

    “No way will or can PCP be representing 2 different bidders let alone 3.”

    Who said anything about 2 “different” bidders? It is plausible that PCP could be representing more than 1 investor, including Staveley as part of the operation.


    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:19 PM
    Comment #87

    “Well you did AncientC, if you think that PCP as a potential owner, then there won’t be one or two individuals or consortium that they represent also in the process.

    Obviously that would never happen – PCP will be getting consultancy fees for this whether it happens or not from their backers, you really think that the backers (PCP aka Mandy aren’t buying it themselves), would have their consultants, who they pay, be working for themselves let alone another bidder.

    Another who has lost the plot.”


    What do you think DubaiMicky, so you still believe I have “lost the plot.”? No rush on the reply. In your own time…

  • lochinvar

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Remember Dallas on the TV ?
    Well we have our own version locally now “Darras”
    JR played by Ashley
    Amanda in a new role (I’m not prepared for her to be the Sue Ellen character) who plays a powerful and successful business woman who stands no nonsense,doesn’t take no for an answer and gets what she wants.
    Rafa plays a Spanish Godfather figure (in a good way of course)
    and a supporting cast of 52,311 extras.

  • AncientC

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    FAO DubaiMicky. Amanda Staveley: ““I’m putting a lot of my own capital into this and our investors, who come from around the world, include sovereign wealth funds.”

    Just in case you missed that part.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    magscar…A respectful reasonable view on things. Obviously some fans will think some action may be needed, others not, for me, It would be nice if there was an actual discussion (not just name calling and questioning fans – from both sides) as to what maybe could be done. Some middle ground, some show of unity, something.

    People are always quick to dismiss the efforts of the ashleyout campaign as failed, personally I don’t see them as failed, but certainly have never had as much impact as they could have.

    Mind, I don’t see anyone calling for action, just letting Ashley know that everyone is watching. Not sure where the issue is with that. You are right, he’ll sell when he wants to, but as always, external factors do a play a part in his thinking, as they do anyone.

  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14


    sorry mate but that’s not how its coming across it reads like your trying to put up a strong defense of Ashley’s position not wanting him to bugger off !!!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15


    Who’s gonna be Bobby coming out the shower?

  • babeandbp

    Jan 19, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    If you’re going to issue a statement on behalf of what you believe to be the majority of supporters, then at least get it right. “Preferred media vessel”??? What the hell is a ‘media vessel’ FFS??? No wonder Ashley just laughs at you and pays you no heed whatsoever. What an embarrassment!

  • magscar

    Jan 19, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18


    Not pro- Ashley just stoically accepting of a situation I believe ( like times before) I cannot personally affect and so have little time for the constant invective spewed on here by the absolute Ashey haters whose views and posts are skewed entirely by that hatred.

    I find it amusing that i post irregularly and rarely if ever get responses to generally directed comments ( or even hearts) but anything which can be construed as Pro brings a response (usually Jail in his Rafa crusade).

    At present I am frustrated with this public battle and honestly can’t see it as something we fans should celebrate – I bet other club’s fans are as I would if it was the Mackems or Man U etc.

    Ashley has his own agenda – I get that but anyone who doesn’t feel that both sides of a deal will jockey for postion ( e.g. by inventing other parties or new bids in last few days) is being naive.

    I said a few days ago I just want club sold and I couldn’t care less if Ashley makes a profit or not – these last few months have been exhausting for us long suffering fans and I don’t want us played by either side.

    I totally believe and welcomed that you ( and others) had genuine snippets about the negotiations and can vaguely recognise in the quotes some resonance with bits that came out on here.

    What I am now unsure about is why they were emerging?
    Deliberately and therefore why?
    Or simply un rehearsed leaks by parties close to others as often the case in drawn out deals BUT something went very wrong with PCP’s understanding of the likely deal.

    December seems to be when snippets became fewer and around deadline of property deal – was, as I mused the other day Ashley perceived to be over a barrel and therefore close to accepting but somehow surmounted the funding challenge for property deal without selling us?

    I really don’t know but having had my appetite well and truly whetted for new owners I want it done with least amount of pain and public arguements as soon as possible.

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Instead of bitching at each other which is what Fatman Cashley wants us all to do as it’s taking the heat away from what he is actually trying to do.
    Give him the grief. Whether he is at the match or not display Ashley out banners or whatever your choice is. He will hear about it via Sky Sports as this seems to be his preferred channel for distributing his bollocks to the media and fans.
    This GREEDY COCK-ney is hanging out for the full amount now that Lady Amanda has chucked hers cards on the table for all to see, And in the meantime if he can sell anymore players he will no doubt pocket that and lay that on the club as well financially.
    Don’t fall for the smoke screen or the supposed to be NUFC supporters that leave comments to get reactions from us.
    Stick together for a change !

  • james589

    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    My two cents:

    Great to hear from the ‘other side’, but Stavely must realise that £250m isn’t sufficient. The investment cost Ashley c. £234m (£134m purchase price + £100m interest free loan), so £250m would represent ‘only’ a £16m profit in the decade he’s owned the club. Given the change in football finances in that time (TV revenue alone), a 7% return is pretty meagre and Ashley, rightly or wrongly, will expect more (although questionable whether he attributes any value to the free advertising he’s enjoyed over that time).

    I think Stavely may have made a bit of a mistake (and whet Ashley’s appetite) by publicly revealing the plan was £250m purchase + £200m investment – Ashley will interpret that as there is £450m in the pot and knowing him he will try and take as much of that himself as possible. Why would he take £250m when he knows there’s another £200m sloshing around? However for us fans, every £ added to the purchase price is a £ less for investment. Ashley needs to accept that he has chronically underfunded and underinvested in the club over his tenure and a potential buyer’s valuation of the club reflects that.

    The ‘sources close to Ashley’ thing is really, really annoying. Time and again the club has been criticised for not having open lines of communication with fans, they have learned absolutely nothing. They could help the situation immeasurably by issuing a direct and honest official statement.

    Stavely saying the offer is still on the table is directly contradictory to the news story that the Reubens (as financers behind the deal) were out. Unless there are other would-be investors, I don’t see how the deal can be still on the table?

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Thanks for posting HITC’s forecasted team for tomorrow. Very useful! thank you. Haha

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Ashley may have done us an unexpected favour by rejecting AS as they want to run the club “as a business”! We all know what that means and you don’t get in the top six or even eight, without huge investment in players. The figures they’re quoting are no where near. I wonder whether an investor along the lines of Everton is the answer, buying a share initially?

  • dannitoon

    Jan 19, 2018 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashleyout group increase it maximum age limit to 12..

    Embarrassing morons..


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