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Bin Zayed Group Follow Newcastle Lead – Will Stay Silent On Takeover

The Bin Zayed Group have been talking to Capital Radio UAE an English national radio station that covers Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.

The group says they will refuse to comment further on the Newcastle United acquisition, but as soon as there is a (worthwhile?) update they will issue another statement.

This could be good news because Ashley likes to operate in silent mode and under the radar screen, and maybe Sheikh Khaled has agreed to do this to help push through a deal through with the stubborn Newcastle owner.

Two paths for Newcastle to go in – under old owner or new owner?

But as usual, with so little news coming from the club, we really don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes.

We think this could be good news – we hope this is good news.

But we cannot be in this do-nothing state for much longer without Newcastle taking a hit in the transfer window and in their preparation for next season.

There’s so much work to do and it’s only three weeks tomorrow the players report back to training.

And the club has to be in China in mid-May to compete in the Premier League Asia Cup.

Wish somebody would tell us what really is going on at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    @ Tynemouth

    I read an ESPN article that said the Fifa international transfer window opens on 8th June but most transfer / contracts won’t be confirmed till 1st July

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Geoff Hurst

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3


  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed’s express sure is in 5th gear

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Ooops. How long had you planning that one Frank?

  • lochinvar

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone out there who has £350m in his back pocket to help out ?

    Landlords and other creditors will meet on Wednesday in London to vote on revised proposals to save Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire.
    Arcadia’s brands include Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Wallis.
    Last week, a vote on Sir Philip’s proposals was postponed after some landlords, including shopping centre owner Intu, refused to back it.
    It is understood that Intu is planning to vote against the rescue plans.
    Sir Philip has warned that Arcadia could fall into administration if the new proposals are not approved.

  • Dubs Left Glove

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Let’s face it, anyone who thought this takeover was going to be completed over night was completely wrong. We as fans are desperate for this to happen and understand we have been here many times before which will explain the desperation.

    A bit of logic is required which i know a couple of people have tried to share. Justin Allen (The Sun Journo who broke the story) tweeted directly after his announcement

    “Regarding Rafa Benitez, the group absolutely want to keep him as the manager and are trying to complete the deal BEFORE his contract expires.”

    This to me clearly demonstrates that this is the timeline that we are playing with and the statement was release shortly after by BZG was to A) Prove to Ashley they mean business and tie his hands in trying to change the goalposts. B) To manage the expectations of the fans.

    There are too many things happening for this takeover not to take place. Strike off of companies on CH, Monochrome Acquisitions, no new kit, talk of letting players go and the most telling of all, no season ticket renewal information. If Ashley was sticking around then this would be the first thing he would have pushed, get as many season tickets in before things really get unsettled with Rafa signing/not signing.

    Of course if we are in the same situation this time next month then the panic will settle in but i am confident that we will have a new owner in place by then.

  • Jib

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    If Man U were going to appoint a manager from Fergie’s
    golden boys , Ryan Giggs was a much better option than

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    In this day of takeover uncertainty and with the media still touting all kinds of potential transfer incomings….
    I thought I would throw in my suggestion for a new striker. All the way from across the pond Alex Morgan would be a great buy just loved the 5 goals last night, 5 out of 13 not a bad percentage. Oooooooops wrong gender but what the hell HWTL’s L being Lasses….LOL.

  • TyneMouth

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Ah, how does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown…

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11


    1 day full planning out the window

  • JohnJ

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12

    It seems to me that Ashley is playing a game of Three Card Brag with Rafa Ashley is sitting with a prile of Aces and thinks he’s going to win but……………….

    But he doesn’t realise Rafa has a prile of threes and that’s the top hand in Three Card Brag!

    I don’t think either man will blink until 30th June!

    Unless a mega-rich buyer comes along first that is!


  • Jib

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Frank – a silver medal is still good

  • Swlabr

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Tynemouth…it feels like we’re living “A Series of Dreams”

    Anyway, just want to put my nose in an earlier comment. I don’t think 22 and 44 are the same poster. Toon22 is an irritant but his agenda is very close to all our hearts. And let’s face it his method are unique. On the other hand Toon44 is simply a stinking,lousy mackem WUM.

  • magpie6699

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    It seems to me the two extreme views on this blog are:
    1. We’re going to be taken over, Rafa will stay and have pots of money for players, contracts, infrastructure etc
    2. It’s a con just so Ashley can get season ticket sales up and make it too late to buy any decent players – again. The thing about the 2nd view I don’t get is the big risk of relegation, particularly if Rafa leaves. Even Ashley would not want to have £200 million + wiped off his asset – all for the sake of a trivial amount of season ticket income? He’s seen the consequences to our income of two relegations. And don’t say yeah, but he hates the fans. I don’t believe that’s of any interest to a cold, calculating money man like Ashley.
    I’m hoping for the 1st, obviously, but still anxious until the money is forthcoming and the deal is a definite.
    Meanwhile (as I’ve said before) – never ever let us doubt what nobody is sure about!

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 12, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    The reason that BZG will have given no comment to a local journo is that by the terms of their NDA, they will have to have had clearance from NUFC for any information they release. Impromptu interviews with journos will not have been cleared by NUFC, whereas emails can be cleared in advance.

    In that sense, NUFC can be said to have communicated with the fans, at least by association. We could still do with something ‘official’, though, to calm the nerves if nothing else.

    Also, the journalist said he had spoken to the office of the BZ Group. He could have got no further than their receptionist or Midhat Kidwai’s PA, who will only ever flat-bat any questions they are asked.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 12, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Bob Dylan. Like a Rolling Stone. Highway 61 revisited !
    Love it!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 12, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed been on the drink in China mid may ?


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