Latest Update On Newcastle’s Potential Takeover

There was a report in the Mirror yesterday that over the last few weeks negotiations between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group had started up again.

We covered the story yesterday but were a little dubious that was the case and said so.

The report also said Ms. Staveley would provide funds to have the training ground improved and also provide significant funds for transfers to Rafa.

They would also sign the manager up to a long-term deal.

In other words – the same old stuff from last year.

Today the Shields Gazette has said it is their understanding that a sale is no closer.

Notice they didn’t say negotiations hadn’t started – just that a sale was no closer.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Here’s the short piece from the Gazette today:

“Meanwhile, a report yesterday claimed that takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and would-be buyer Amanda Staveley had restarted.”

“However, the Gazette understands that a sale is no closer.”

Rafa and the players will want to concentrate on getting as many points as possible in the final six games of the season and we are currently in 10th place.

Getting higher up the league table will help sell the club.

The lads are playing well and with confidence and we could finish the season in the Premier League even in  9th place as the highest possible.

We are 3 points behind Everton with a game in hand and still have to play them at Goodison Park, and we have a much better goal difference.

If the club is going to be sold, we would expect some buyers to come forward (very) soon as our safety becomes real.

What we don’t want to happen is for this to stretch right over the summer months, and Mike Ashley drag his feet – again.

The owner could use the potential sale as a reason to withhold transfer money from Rafa Benitez, this summer.

He could do that – but we hope he doesn’t.

Rafa deserves a lot more support (and money) than he’s been given from Mike Ashley over the last fifteen months.

Have you thought about what St. James’ Park will look like when the million Sports signs are finally removed?

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Lindi from previous my, my it’s almost as if that guy understand the club. Sell the club or back Rafa or Rafa will walk is essentially what we have all been saying for weeks. Nice to see if in an independent source

  • martoon

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    A slight concern is that if the club is sold in the Summer it might not leave much time to sort out transfers especially with the Window closing earlier next season.

  • AncientC

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Wow, the Shields Gazette and what is of their “understanding.”

    Amazing stuff. You can always trust the Shields Gazette and their vague understandings.

  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    is it any more of a concern than Ashley still controlling transfers and his restrictive policies even on loans ??

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Do we need a boat load of signings in the summer.

    My thoughts no – Sign Kenedy, Dubravka and Slimani and add to that a decent centre forward and maybe a right back.

    I worry that if we sig a big signing on huge wages will upset the apple cart.

    As at the minute we have a ‘TEAM’ that plays for the manager and a great comradery between the players who are playing for each other and goes a long way in securing points.

    Other teams have better players but do not have a team…
    …And we have to keep RAFA

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    It seems plausible that while no brand new negations may have started , the original dialogue which was put on hold “until the possibility of relegation was eliminated” has now been rekindled.

    Not so much the end of the beginning but the beginning of the end, at least for Ashley’s tenure of NUFC.

    and the sun just came out, lovely

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Defender Stuart Findlay has been told he will leave when his Newcastle United contract expires this summer.
    Findlay moved to Newcastle from Celtic two years ago, but has only played once for the Magpies – during a 3-1 win against Birmingham City in last season’s FA Cup third round.
    The 22-year-old was then loaned to Kilmarnock at the start of the current campaign, and has gone on to make 30 appearances there – scoring twice.
    “They (Newcastle) have told me I will leave,” Findlay said in quotes published by the Scottish Herald on Monday. “There’s always speculation but all I know is that I’m loving it here and loving it working under a magnificent manager (Steve Clarke).
    Steve Clarke manager of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on August 16, 2015 in Reading, England.
    “I’m at an age where I need to play football and at the best level I can and at the moment I’m loving everything that’s happening here.”

    Findlay is one of eight players out of contract at Newcastle this summer, along with Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Alex Gilliead, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Callum Williams and Tom Heardman.

    The Celtic academy product has started eight of Kilmarnock’s last nine Scottish Premiership fixtures, and looks good for a permanent return to Fir Park – where ex-Toon coach Clarke is the manager.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Charlie I agree the signings have to be the right personnel to fit the squad ethos. Charlie Austin would fit the bill. Certainly don’t need any big time Charlie’s ahem

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s not just about adding to what we’ve already got though. Players have to be sold and replaced with better, Clarke, Joselu, Mbemba, Gayle all need moving on if we are to improve as a team.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Seriously though if Saints do slip down then Charlie Austin has to be a good option. Prem ready can hold the ball is skilful and knows where the goal is. Will not want to play in champo and his wages would fit our structure while his attitude would fit our squad. could be a good shout though many will say we need better

  • Budge123

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Just found this ‘half term’ report on how well premier league teams were doing at that point.

    Toon joint second worse.

    How times chamge. …

  • Budge123

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Given the impact of the loan players we need to spend – what £25m just to stand still. And that’s without make a call on Slim Shady.

    So potentially £50m outlay to stay as we currently are squad wise.

    If say £20 million inwards when Mitro leaves means the fat man needs to free up 30 mill to stay as we are.

    Not a good thought given the last 2 windows

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    If sale of the club does not start the minute we reach 40 points I’d say it won’t happen. Ashley is just stringing us all along. Rafa will leave along with lascelles as Ashley will not give him the right transfer commitments. The training facilities won’t be improved. Unless Ashley gets 350 million cash offer I don’t see it happening. His greed and ego are too large to allow it. Despite him not having the intention to improve it well enough to see rafa stay. We are on hold until he sells.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    We have to buy Dubravka, Kenedy and Slimani regardless of any sale happening. I find it a stretch to believe Ashley will allow that. Even though a fool can see the value in doing so.

  • Little h

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    If we look at the potential relegation candidates there will be a lot of half decent prem players available this summer we should look at. Theres a couple at wba.
    A hatfull at stoke id like, plenty of players for Southampton id take same with palace not so many Huddersfield players id take tho

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    I would take Slimani on a season loan again as I think he has just been unlucky with injuries and would benefit from a pre season with us but I would also want us to sign another striker as well!

    Someone with some serious pace maybe we will go back in for Lucas Perez ? Also we are linked with trying to sign that Turkish boy Oguzhan Özyakup and Garcia from Eibar on free transfers they would certainly bring some more quality to the midfield !

    So looking at players we could sign to improve the squad :

    Oguzhan Özyakup

    So if we signed all of them to my mind we would still need a Left Back , No 10 and maybe another player ! So 9 players needed to complete the squad! Got quite a few players leaving this summer so should have the squad space but will we get the wages / transfer fee ?

    Saying that if we did sign all of them we would have to be in with a serious shout of top 8 at a minimum with the players who are doing well another season deep in experience as well !

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Each of the last two years the club filed their accounts on 6th April. If we don’t see them released in the next few days is this indicative of anything happening behind the scenes?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    LCBP you need to remember the home grown players rule. Not sure if any in your list quality and I’m not sure how many we will need but possibly at least a couple of inbound will have to qualify

  • martoon

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbit @4 – Hell no! I was just pointing out there could be a down side if there is a takeover in the Summer but obviously the advantages far outweigh the negatives – especially if it means getting rid of Ashley.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 9, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20


    Yeah forgot about that ! Although Mitrovic , Mbemba , Gamez, Haidara, Elliot and Saviet all leaving should free up a lot of spaces

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    At the absolute most I’d pay £15m for Slimani although I think he’s only worth £12m considering his age, his injuries, his wages, and the fact he’s not really done much in his career. He’s an OK player but I can’t believe Leicester paid £30m for him 2 years ago. Although there have been a lot worse value signings come from Portugal.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Our situation next season is that we need to improve at right back, and all four attacking positions. We don’t actually own anyone in an attacking position who is playing at a top ten standard. If we can strengthen 3or4 of those roles we will be pushing the top 6. Kenedy is a must buy. Atsu should be sold to help pay his fee.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Re Slim Shandy, we’ve not even seen him play in anger yet, a 10 minute cameo the other week and that’s it.

    The Dubai jury is still out.

  • ben.g

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone think Ashley may have said, ” I want 50 million out of the t.v money, the higher you finish the more money you have for transfers”
    Ashley could be thinking backing Rafa will make Newcastle more valuable if we are challenging for Europe next year!!
    Rafa might hang around for that. Don’t think he will stay for another season of being messed around. Rafa deserves better

  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Hibbit from previous thread…

    Might I suggest that it’s not always going to be 2 steps forward and 1 back under Ashley. I see it as having been one step forward and two steps back when you look at him as ling Hughton and replacing him with Pardew who in turn managed to achieve a fifth spot after which Ashley didn’t invest and the slide into fighting and losing fights against relegation.

    The sooner he either comes to his senses, temper his greed, show some ambition by fully and honestly backing Rafa or preferably, selling up to an owner who shares Rafa’s ambition, the better.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Why would Ashley string continue us along? He’s worth 3 million quid, and he’s over 50. Just back the manager, or give someone else a go. What’s the plan otherwise – go to your grave a rich crap old cnut? How pathetic!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    “string continue”? Continue to string I suppose I meant to say.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #28

    3 million lol ……Jesus…I’m off to watch afdah

  • 9

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Seems reasonably predictable to me:

    Will Ashley change his ways? – Hell No!

    Will we get SOME money? – sure

    Will we get enough to go after top-notch signings? – Not a chance.

    Have we got a manager and the makings of a TEAM that we could realistically strengthen with what the manager might get? -I should think so.

    I happen to also think we can finish 8th so there could be a fair bit of money from that + sale of Mitro etc. Just don’t go thinking thoughts of megabucks.

    The only real cloud in my crystal ball revolves around a sale. We know he is heartily fed up of owning us, it’s just a matter of compromising somewhere on price. New owner + Rafa : different gravy. But will it happen? And will Rafa stay if it doesn’t? This is where it becomes mysterious.

  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #30


    If the accounts are published late it could be that the auditor’s raised questions or the books are still being ‘tidied up’ to pass the auditor’s review.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s not just us ‘deluded’ Newcastle fans who recognise the incredible job Rafa has done. Many pundits – even on Talksport – are singing his praises. Obviously Mickey Quinn is backing him for Manager Of The Season, but he’s not alone.
    This is from GQ magazine believe it or not.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Ben – I was thinking similar taking half the premier league money and agreeing a sale of 300 million sounds exactly the type of deal I can see him wanting. He makes his 350 million and toes us in to say a 3 year deal on merchandise some despicable after tasting deal like that.

    I just want to see the back of Ashley. Whoever comes in has to be focused on footballing success not their own self satisfying interests though. I can’t see anyone being less of soul sucking parasite than him though.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    After years of indifference it’s great to think and see that we have a central core of players who can really stand up and be counted in the rigours of the Premiership and make other teams fearful of playing against both our physical and tactical strength.
    Dubrovka in goal must inspire the whole team but in front of him the combinations of Lascalles and Lejeune then Shelvey and Diame with Kennedy and Ritchie is a powerful six that can boss and dictate game plans laid down by Rafa. Support that with Dummet and Yedlin you’ve got eight already pencilled in, Perez is coming of age so that’s nine all well supported by the others currently in the squad. Maybe three or four maybe five signings to boost the depth and fire power of the squad for next season to ensure we’re ahead of the pack by Xmas and able to sustain two cup completions will be necessary.

    If Amanda can arrange that, build a new Training Facility and expand SJP to 60,000 then we’d be back up where we belong as the song goes.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    There was a poll on Everton supporters re Fat Sam – England manager for one game and good enough to manage Madrid or Barca; in his eyes anyway. 🙂
    I believe the question was ‘Do you want Sam to be manager next season’?
    92% said a resounding ‘No!’
    92%!!!! Even Ashley would get better than that ffs and he’s hated by most of us.
    Still, with Zidane’s position looking pretty much unsteady, he always has options open to him. 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Merchandise deals – let’s get back to an Adidas inspired kit along with new sponsors – Aston Martin wolud be good then even I might part with some cash for a new top. The Brown Ale one needs a wash.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Thanks Lesh. I would have thought with a sale process ongoing the accounts would have been kept spotty dog, but I don’t know how these things work. I’ll keep half an eye on it, a couple of days’ delay probably means nothing, a couple of weeks however…..

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 9, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Dyche will get manager of the year because his team have over achieved more than any other,although it’s my opinion they’ve been very lucky and terrible to watch in all the games Ive seen. I had them to be rock bottom of the league so credit has to be given. Also all three of the promoted managers have done very well. It’s early to say who has done best. 4 weeks ago everyone would have said Wagner, 2 weeks ago everyone would have said Hughton, now it’s Benitez who I’m guessing will finish highest by some margin. Klopp could get it if Liverpool win Champions League especially considering the way they play and Guardiola could get it on account of the tough job he had spending all that money at Man City. To win the league after spending £2bn is a miracle. Then there’s Pardew who will be voting for himself if allowed.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 9, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #38

    I think if Staveley comes back with an offer of 300m, no strings, straight sale, he’ll sell. 250 was never going to swing it, but as our position was uncertain it was understandable.
    Now we’re safe, if they won’t go the extra fifty then maybe they’re not what we want anyway.
    He’s not going to sell at a break even/loss – he’s too greedy for that. He’s had ten years free advertising, I don’t think he’s got a lot to complain about, but we know what he is.
    If she ever was serious, now’s the time to show it. No more messing about. Show him the readies, let him drool and get the job done. No time for messing about, there’s a job to be done.
    If she’s not serious, then get out the way. Either way she needs to decide now. Put up or shut up as the saying goes.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 9, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #39

    You mean 3 billion?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 9, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Lochinvar – Just want every possible connection to Ashley to be eradicated. I’m sure everything else will be put right once he’s gone.


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