Takeover Hopes Dashed – All Four Suitors Don’t Have The Money

The Sunday People are reporting today that the chances of a takeover at Newcastle have dwindled significantly because all four suitors don’t have the money to do the deal.

That’s the news from Neil Moxley today and you couple that with the news that Rafa Benitez has no idea what he has to spend in the transfer window next month and it’s chaos again all over again under owner Mike Ashley.

The news is also that if some would-be buyers are hoping Newcastle will be relegated so they can buy Newcastle on the cheap, the news is that Mike Ashley will not sell if we are relegated – which is a distinct possibility if we cannot strengthen next month.

He would rather try his luck for the third time and try to get Newcastle promoted again at the first attempt – but he would almost certainly have to do that without Rafa Benitez who will almost certainly leave the club in June.

Mike Ashley – will now remain Newcastle owner?

Here are the first two paragraphs from the People report:

“Newcastle have been dealt a double new year body-blow, with takeover talks on the verge of collapse and plans for the imminent January transfer window non-existent.”

“Beleaguered Toon fans believed a new owner at St James’ Park would provide manager Rafa Benitez with transfer funds and give the club a fresh impetus.”

“But hopes that unpopular owner Mike Ashley might sell-up soon have been dashed — NONE of the four suitors has ready cash to do a deal.”

It looks like once again Ashley can say he didn’t get the funds to sell the club but a number of us wonder if he really ever wanted to sell the club, as he had stated a month ago.

If this is all true it’s going to be bedlam again at Newcastle United with protests coming back and that atmosp[here will make it difficult for the team to win games.

Rafa will hardly want to stay at the club past June now.

If this is true then it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to the club.

But of course, it was only a day or two ago that Steve Howey had said a “very good source” told him the deal was nearly done and an announcement of the successful takeover could even happen by Wednesday.

So what are we supposed to believe?

You talk about Newcastle being in decline under a miserly owner – this is just completely ridiculous.

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8 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #1

    False News lads

    2 entities have met the £300 million quid trigger that Ashley set as the proviso just to start the conversation.

    Clue : The Who?

  • Reilly

    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m shocked.

  • Bambams

    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #3

    i can also guarantee at least one party has proven the funds or my source would not have been ‘working on what they were’

    Journalists trying to get noticed/sell papers = that is all this is.

    Yes there will be some on here that will actually enjoy this headline, i cannot say from my source how far they are on as its all quiet at the moment, bar Howey’s statement. Nothing has changed and the silence is expected – anybody seen Kenyon release anything to the press, no way would this man enter into talks if they did not have the backing.

    Others have heard bits and pieces but i am still happy with what i was told – i can guarantee that much.

    Rant over

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #4

    like those you’ve quoted, which are pretty absurd when you think about it.
    Match report from a fan who posts in the Guardian under the name Arctoa. Always a good read.

    “An entertaining encounter, after a cagey start.

    Sean Longstaff found himself out of the squad after a decent debut, replaced on the bench by Jonjo Shelvey. Christian Atsu ousted Kenedy on the left wing, while Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez came in for Joselu and Yoshi Muto.

    Watford at the best of the early possession without creating any clear chances, with the most notable clearance coming from Paul Dummett against Gerard Deulofeu – the first of many decisive interceptions.

    Newcastle had the ball in the net on the quarter-hour mark but were denied by an offside flag that appeared to be incorrect. However, play had stopped before Rondon hit home, so there’s no guarantee we’d have gone ahead. Martin Dubravka was called into action almost immediately afterwards from another Deulofeu effort, but the balance of play was shifting in Newcastle’s favour.

    That increased pressure paid off with thirty minutes gone as Rondon scored his sixth of the season. The move was started with some great football by Atsu in midfield, finding Matt Ritchie – who crossed well for Rondon to head home. Newcastle almost doubled their lead five minutes later, but Mo Diame couldn’t quite find Rondon with a through-ball, allowing an excellent Ben Foster to smother on the edge of his area.

    Rondon had the ball in the net for a third time soon after, but was correctly ruled offside. However, Newcastle were the side relieved to hear the half-time whistle as Watford came back strong in the last few minutes of the first half – Isaac Success first firing straight at Dubravka, then having a snapshot blocked by Federico Fernandez in added time.

    Fernandez injured himself in the process of blocking that late chance – not for the first time this season – and was replaced by Fabian Schaer for the second half. Schaer was immediately involved for the wrong reasons as he set up Diame with a hospital pass that quickly escalated into a Watford free-kick on the edge of the box.

    Luckily, they hit it straight at the wall – a common theme through the afternoon – and Newcastle were able to quickly asset themselves again, forcing a number of corners and half-chances. Diame and Hayden were dominant in midfield, and Rondon was causing Watford all sorts of problems with his strength and tenacity.

    Javi Gracia made a double attacking substitution on 55 minutes in an attempt to turn the tie, bringing on Troy Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure for Will Hughes and Domingos Quina, neither of whom had made much of an impression. Doucoure was immediately involved, and but for a vital interception by Ritchie he would’ve been clean through on goal.

    The game was end-to-end stuff for the next twenty minutes – an open state of affairs that wasn’t pleasing Rafa Benitez in the away dugout, but was certainly keeping both sets of supporters in good voice, as they had been all afternoon.

    Shelvey made his return to the Newcastle team in place of Hayden with ten minutes to go, just as the home side were starting to turn the tide. Hayden had played well once again in an unfamiliar role, although he was often the weak link going forward – generally preferring to play sideways or backwards instead of pushing the ball towards the final third.

    Watford finally made their pressure count on 82 minutes as Doucoure headed home from a Deulofeu cross to equalise. Shelvey looked to be the player to let his runner free, making the removal of the defensively-solid Hayden a questionable decision. He did look exhausted, but so did others on the pitch by that point.

    Both teams had great chances to score a winner as full-time approached, for the final whistle confirmed a 1-1 stalemate – a result that does neither side many favours.

    Stronger options from the bench would probably have secured the win for Newcastle this afternoon, just as it salvaged a point for Watford. They were able to bring on players like Doucoure, Deeney, and Holebas, while our main threat was a half-fit Shelvey. It’s obvious that reinforcements are needed in a number of positions this January – effort alone isn’t enough, commendable as it is to see week after week.

    It’s always disappointing to drop two points, but I’d have taken the draw before kick-off. Watford are a decent side and played well for fair intervals.”

  • Online Guy

    Dec 30, 2018 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #5

    False News in the People not false from wor Ed.

    Happy new year Dr’ Ed from I’m sure all of us on your wonderful Website.

    We may argue and bicker and sort the wheat from the chaff as we bowl along but you bring us all together and that’s what counts , that means a lot to us however diverse and however leary we get at times.

    You created a community enabling all to share thoughts and debate and proffer personal opinion, for all that thanks is due from us all.

    All best Ed.

  • Online Guy

    Dec 30, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Good timing Bambams

    And good morning .

    Manchester and London press are shit stirrers .

  • MidlandsMag

    Dec 30, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Online Guy @ 1

    “Won’t get fooled again” – The Who?

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 30, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #8

    If, and I mean IF the potential investors can’t meet the asking price, they are hardly in a position to take the club forward. So either the reports to that end are tosh, or why should we want them?


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