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Ambani Looking To Buy Newcastle Himself

There’s some interesting and potentially good news in the Daily Mail today for Newcastle fans, and we hope it is true, but you can never be sure, of course.

Anil Ambani – may buy Newcastle himself

The Mail reports that Anil Ambani is expected to go ahead with his interest of buying Newcastle United from current unpopular owner Mike Ashley, although the reports suggest the Indian billionaire may move to buy Newcastle himself, rather than through his telecommunications business company, Reliance Communications.

Mike Ashley has put around £230M into Newcastle since he bought the club last summer, and it is thought he would be willing to sell for anywhere north of around £260M.

Ambani, who is just 49 years old, is thought to be the sixth richest man in the world at present with a net worth of about £24B.

It would be good if these rumors are true, and certainly they don’t seem to be going away, with nobody coming out and denying them specifically, and there was news earlier this morning there will be a meeting with his people and Ashley in London, sometime this week.

We just have to hope these rumors are indeed true, and provide a way out of this nightmare for the faithful fans of the Tyneside club.

But then again the Daily Mail doesn’t have a great track record – but perhaps they’re right on this one – we hope so.

Comments welcome.

462 comments so far

  • faustino

    Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #321

    He’s gonna sell . . . Money on.

  • titchytom

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #323

    Couldn’t be more upset at what has happened but what is the point of marches from the central to the ground? All that is going to acheive is to give the press and supporters of other clubs a field day. Think of all the away supporters in the past taking the piss with their singing of “sack the board”.

    Like it or not Ashley owns the club and can pretty much do what he wants, like in the way if I owned sunderland I would make sure I ruined them.

    Whether we are in the premier league or the northern league we should be all supporting the toon and backing the players on the pitch

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #324

    god i hope so.
    For me.. there is absoluely no future for nufc with the current owner and dennis wise involved with the club.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #325

    Read the following..
    ( great news all round, WE own the club,And together we can make a differance.. and force the cancer out of our club)

    As a supporters’ boycott of official Newcastle United merchandise began in earnest yesterday, the growing disenchantment with Mike Ashley’s stewardship of the club among local businesses has also become apparent. Dissatisfaction with the hierarchy at St James’ Park has spread to the prawn sandwich brigade as well as the terraces, with Newcastle failing to sell a host of lucrative corporate packages.

    As of last night, the club were still advertising sponsorship deals for eight Barclays Premier League home matches this season, each of which are worth between £7,000 and £7,500. For the game against Blackburn Rovers on September 27, a dressing-room sponsor (worth £3,000) and a match-day programme sponsor (£2,500) are being sought.

    While Ashley, the owner, has signalled his intent to ride out the protests after Kevin Keegan’s resignation as manager last week, supporters aim to make life uncomfortable for the billionaire sportswear manufacturer. The “No More Geordie Cash for Ashley” campaign, established by the influential true faith and The Mag fanzines, has already had an effect: at 11am yesterday, there were no customers in the club’s flagship stadium superstore.

    Newcastle are continuing the process of seeking a successor for Keegan, although there are few, if any, candidates who could hope to quell the rebellious mood on Tyneside. Gustavo Poyet, the Tottenham Hotspur first-team coach, remains the bookmakers’ favourite and is reported to have spoken to the club, but his close association with Dennis Wise, the Newcastle executive director (football), would not make him a popular appointment.

    Poyet is understood to have concerns regarding politics at the club and the uncertainty about Ashley’s plans – representatives of Anil Ambani, the Indian businessman, are said to be in England this week to discuss the possible purchase of a Premier League club – as well as a reluctance to move north.

    “I’m very happy [at Spurs],” Poyet said last night. “This is just speculation and it’s all too easy because of my relationship with Dennis Wise. It’s nothing to worry about and all I intend to do is relax and continue with my job.”

  • hitman

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #326

    ashley has to sell there in no other way.

  • hitman

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #327



    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #328
  • hitman

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #329

    hps: its just speculating on the english press mate

  • craig chisholm

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #330

    i have met ambani in real life! Not only does reliance own telecomunications, he also has his own offshore oil field in Bombay High. i was on a job with the company that i work for two years ago for reliance and when the job finished he came out in person to thank the teams for a job well done. I was offshift and wearing my newcastl top and he walked straight up to me and shook my hand and said ‘nice top’ before moving on. This was before cashley the fat twat bought us out for an ego trip and cash flow for his gambling habits. i would love this guy to buy us. i have no problems with either an indian owner or and arabic owner. i work out of the UAE plenty and have lived in abu dhabi twice over the years. I find that the money arabs and rich indians have more respect for us and our cultures than our own people half the time and they hold tradition very highly. Look at TATA when they bought out jaguar from ford, TATA have given jaguar cars a further 1 billion to invest in new cars and given the jaguar free hand to use it as they please. Plus also these ambani rumors that he was not interested have been denied by his own VP just yesterday. Why would Ambani’s right hand man make a move to deny that they were not interested???? it makes no sense unless of course it is because they are interested. i am all for it and it in no way could be any worse than the bag of shit we have running our club right now, from ashley, right through the entire board, all wankers. every thing we do is shocking these days. Our new official web site is even shocking in the way they announce things. I rememeber the days when we sold a player and the club would announce it and would always say ‘we wish such and such all the best in his new club etc etc’. thes days it just read shit like ‘newcaslte united confirms the sale of james milner to villa for an undiclosed fee. Milner has signed a five year contract with villa’. No heart, no warmth, nothing. Simple manners seem beyond our shitbastard board. Look at old tery mac, ten bloody years and sacked without even telling the fans. He has been here ten times longer than ashley and helped steady the ship in many troubled times. gone without even a whisper.
    any of you so called fans calling for us to get behind ashley disgust me. If you get behind ashley you might aswell pack your bags and leave with him when he sells up. i see on the official polls flying around that on average, 85% want ashley our with a few undecided and about 11% wanting the turd to stay. Out ofthose 11%. half will be mackems. I would say that its very overwhelming for him to leave. also great news on the ban on buying merchadise. At 11am today it was reported that our official store was empty- not one customer. BRILLIANT.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #331

    wow where did you fnd that?.. christ i hope so!!, the rumours seem to be gathering pace.
    Our hope is to really make Ashley an wise’s positions completely untenable,.. force Ashley to accept any reaonable offer… then HOPE..this might be true

  • Daniel Petersen

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #332

    I know this is way off the topic, but does anyone know how far off Viduka is to returning? I saw him at training today on SSN.

  • hitman

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #333

    brave new toon it was hps mate

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #334

    yeah, my fault… bleery eyes.

    I know it’s reporting on English papers.. but anything to lift the gloom for a few minutes.

    Because tomro we might be faced with the most incompetant management pairing in history..
    Sacked from swindon after 4 months.. and preceded to get leeds relegated..
    what pedegree!

  • The Second Coming

    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #335

    Go on Craig!

    The link on my name goes to http://www.toon-talk.net, which echo my opinions on this whole, sorry affair. Good Work!

    COMPLETE WALKOUT ON NEWCASTLE UNITED… until Ashley either performs a miracle or sells.

    Are folks still wearing their tops in the Toon?

  • ronjohno

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #336

    The Daily Mail again.

    They are reporting today that Ashley and Wise will not be at the match on Saturday so protests will be falling on deaf ears.

    Deaf Ears being very appropriate where those two are concerned I think.|

  • daffy duck toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #337

    hey guys william hill n sky bet r not allowin me to see the odds on da next newcastle manager. william say dat ‘this event no longer takes place’

    MEANING either – dey fink newcastle have gt dere new manager

    OR – the betting company is not allowing u to bet at dis time or dere website is slightly messed up

  • The Second Coming

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #338

    And why is nobody asking our Honorary Life President, Sir John Hall for his opinions as he’s clearly sold us down the river.

    You get all you need from NewsNow with the satisfaction of reducing their traffic and Media power.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #339

    protests won’t fall on deaf ears mate..
    If we do this properly.

    The world will hear!

    If we ll make the stand together we can send shock waves.. (All the way to the thames!)

  • craig chisholm

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #340

    ronjohno………..it matters not that they are there or in las vegas man. every single paper and tv station in the country will be covering it as everyone is expecting protests – the papers will lap it up and one thing is for sure – if we make a good show of it, every single paper in the land will be back page headlining it on sunday and monday, that is 100%. this will get massive coverage globally, dont worry about if he is there are not man.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #341

    Sir john hall.. and Alan Shearer, who is still an ambassidor for the club?(distanced himself from the job, under the current structure.) but has neber really voiced his opinion?

  • The Second Coming

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #342

    Aye he has and completely backs Keagan, as does Sir Bobby Robson. Says it all. Even Freddie Shepherd has spoken out.

    Where’s Sir John?

  • The Second Coming

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #343

    …and the loudest protest you can make is to BOYCOTT THE CLUB

  • hitman

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #344

    sir john and shearer should resign there posts.

  • craig chisholm

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #345

    i agree, shearer should publically withdraw his ambassadorship of us, sir john hall should withdraw from his position too. Shearer should request that his name also be taken down from the bar, they can rename it ‘fat ashleys’.

  • Spyro

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #346

    Anyone watching Paraguay v Venezuala? great match, Paraguay look a really strong team this time around

  • Sav

    Sep 10, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #347

    Ed, Ashley thought the club was worth 135 million when he bought it from Shepherd. He said he didn’t know there were debts of 100million which he claims to have paid off.

    So the club is still worth 135 million.

    As Ashley doesn’t have to release his figures for the club any more, we don’t know if there really was a debt or whether he may have paid it off. But it makes no difference to the value of the club.

    Secondly, if the fans can only stay away for the next half dozen matches, we will have a new owner and KK reinstated. That would be a serious threat, a statement that the fans will not renew season tickets next season and can bankrupt the club if they so wish.

    But the club merchandise and food and drink boycott is peanuts. Ashley can afford to give the stuff away if he wants. We need The Mag, True Faith and nufc.com to take a harder line and show some balls.

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #348

    I wonder if Shearer has considered removing his name from the bar at SJP?

    Brave New Toon,Ashley’s getting hurt and it sounds like the whole of the North East is United…. fantastic news.

  • Sav

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #349

    When Richard Money takes charge they can print ‘Money rules at SJP’ and they’ll be right for once.

    Pretty soon they are bound to run out of ex-Chelsea players to link with Newcastle. They haven’t tried Frank Leboeuf yet.

    The Guardian claim David bloody O’Deary is an auld mucker of Derek Llambiarse and could soon be in the frame for Keegan’s job at SJP. He loves nurturing ‘his babies’ so should fit right in.

    THEN will you boycott Toon games?

  • Jimi

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #350

    Total boycott of all Ashley’s businesses including Newcastle United. If people want to support the players they can sing outside the ground and make themselves heard.

    Boycotting a few pies, beers and t-shirts is ok, but in the bigger scheme of things will have no effect on Ashley.

    We need that stadium empty, with fans singing for 90 minutes outside the stadium. Only then is Ashley and his cronies gonna start regretting some of the lies they’ve been telling, and people they’ve been shafting.

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 10, 2008 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #351

    Friends… Fans… Romans… Countrymen (and women)

    Praying for somebody to whip out his wallet and buy us out of our misery? That’s fecking fairy tale stuff.

    Digging in, doing the hard work and organizing and BUYING THE CLUB on the Barcelona model for fan ownership?

    That sh#t is forward thinking. WAKE UP–fat cats with fat wallets don’t give a flying f*&k about us or the club. They want a profit.

    We should own the club–and we can do it.

    Would you pay 200 pounds for a share? I sure as f@!k would.


  • ObaFan2

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #352

    Fans Should Own the Club , aready signed up m8 and haven’t heard anything back yet.
    I personally will try almost anything to get Ashley out of our club and out of our City.

  • Jimi

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #353

    @ Fans Should Own The Club..

    I agree mate. I’ve already signed the form. Not sure how it can work at the moment but I’m sure hoping people can keep adding the ideas, it’ll take some work.

    We’re just going round in circles with these business men otherwise. How can a great club like Barcelona not be a workable blue print for our club….I think it can.

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #354

    ObaFan2–glad you did. I signed up some time over the weekend and just got an email today.

    This one’s for the long term, my friend, so it will take time, but we should definitely do it…

  • Jimi

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #355

    Me to Obafan2. Signed it a while ago, so not sure how the people organising this are gonna take their next steps.

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #356

    Great, Jimi. You’re right. It will take time and work, but we can and should do it.

    In the interrim, I’m all for boycott & demonstrations.



    THAT is a thing of beauty.

  • 51times

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #357

    There’s one thing I don’t understand with fan ownership, where does the money come from? Apart from all the costs of running the stadium on match day etc you have to pay wages and put up money for transfers too. Barcelona do it because IIRC it’s always been that way and they’re in the Champions League every year – but where would it leave us?

  • Jimi

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #358

    @ Fans Should Own the Club

    What did their email say? Or was it just a confirmation? I signed a while ago and have heard nothing.

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #359

    51–I honestly don’t know the answers to those questions. They’re very good ones, obviously. And not to be glib, but others clubs have figured out how to do it and so I suppose we crib their methods where we can and go from there.

    Full disclosure: That’s not my site I’m linking to–it’s just the best, most serious looking effort at organizing something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

    We should do it. It won’t be perfect, but I’d rather have the club in the hands of those who actually give a toss about it rather than random monied b!@#%Q$@ who just want a pay check…

  • Jimi

    Sep 10, 2008 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #360

    I agree 51 times.
    It’s a long shot and I really don’t know enough, but this website really does seem to be trying for a legitamate route there with some interesting information. I suppose even if it all ends in a pipe dream it would still be worth investigating. I’m gonna be keeping my ear to the ground regarding the subject anyhow.


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