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If This Really Happens, Let’s Hope It’s Done The Geordie Way

Newcastle United are on the brink of what could be a historic takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. This, if it happens, is an event that will transform the club in the eyes of the world. But it will not, hopefully, change the culture of what makes Newcastle so wonderful.

Sheikh KhaledAnyone But Ashley?

To be perfectly honest, we would be thrilled with reports of anyone buying Newcastle United. But the cousin of Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan? This is a cosmic shift event in the Newcastle universe.

If the latest developments are true, then things are going to get very interesting at Newcastle United. We are about to embark on a rollercoaster ride the likes of which this club’s supporters have never seen.

This is the era of social media, where the world is a very small place. In this world, we have never been successful. Are we ready for this?

We have our history, our legends, and our past. We also have a link to this club that is truly special. It is partly born in misery, in dashed hopes, but it is sealed through a connection to this club that we cannot portray through mere words.

We hope this takeover happens because Ashely needs to go. We hope the new owner keeps Rafa and gives him the financial support he needs. We hope Newcastle return to where they belong, which is battling for Europe.

We also hope this takeover is not a pendulum swing to the other extreme which so often happens in life. While we have suffered with Mike Ashley as owner, we have also looked at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City with scorn and maybe a twinge of envy.

But only a twinge because we know what they represent. We also know what Newcastle represent to its city and its supporters.

We don’t want a billion pounds spent on new players. We desire what we see as the natural order of things. That is a competitive Newcastle with players who bleed passion for the shirt.

That really is all we require.

Well, we may be about to get it. Rafa Benitez in charge of Newcastle United with a supportive owner. That is all we really truly desire.

Sheikh Khaled can keep his billions.

Just give Rafa what he requires and he will be alright with us.

55 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I just spoke to Rafa and he requires a billion on players over the next 5 years.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 27, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah it seems a case of ffp will cause a bit of issue growing as quickly as we’d like but nothing wrong in my eyes in just improving and getting better gradually. Season on season can keep adding quality and increasing wage bill. When sponsorships end, like next season with fun88 I think, plus all the advertising and commercial income, we can give our selves bigger budgets.

    Infrastructure spending not included as part of ffp calculations and I think it’s based on 3 years. So we tend to be ok in that sense and shouldn’t fall foul.

    Even if we do, just slip a brown envelope to the correct people and it will a case of, what’s ffp?

    It will just be nice (huge understatement) to finally have some investment and ambition back in to the club at all levels.

  • Sliema

    May 27, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #3


    That’s probably what he actually would need for a title challenge. Mental.

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Neil – for a moment there I thought you were getting carried away !
    Wait until the deal is done then I think we’ll have lift off.

  • c-dog

    May 27, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #5

    After 12 years of Ashley I’d take Donald Trump
    This guy can do it whatever way he wishes


  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #6


    Aye, fantasy football with real money..

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Damn, I didnt read the name on the article only the article itself, sorry Neil

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    May 27, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #8

    It has been confirmed by the Saudis on talksport!

    I’ll need some of that THC that’s being spoke off to get sleeping tonight!

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Newcastle United star Ayoze Perez, according to reports in Italy.
    It’s the Tottenham blog spouting this drivel.
    They must be worried now that we might arrive and disturb the cozy equilibrium of the top 4.
    Perez has suggested Spain as a future destination but one look at the potential Newcastle World Class International Sporting Excellence Club United and he’ll not want to go anywhere else.

    Perez, who has two years remaining on his current contract, enjoyed a stellar season for Newcastle, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists in 37 Premier League appearances.
    The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Serie A with Inter Milan and Napoli said to be interested, but Italian outlet CalcioNapoli 24 believes his future lies at another Premier League club.
    A report claims Spurs have made an offer of around £25 million for Perez and a deal is close to being completed.

  • Sliema

    May 27, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10

    When we having Joselu’s testimonial then?

  • Reilly

    May 27, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Keith Downie
    While Bin Zayed Group’s Midhat Kidwai says in his statement they’ve agreed to meet the price and are working hard to complete the transaction, we understand NUFC are yet to see proof of funds to meet the £350m asking price.

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Keep your powder dry until there’s photo confirmation of the contracts being signed.

    Toon Council – please light up SJP with a mega light show to show the world we are UNITED !

  • DaveD1000

    May 27, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    looking at what rafa has done in the last few seasons(Duby Beckenschaer to name two) with a bag of peanuts I don’t think FFP will be that much of a problem. Apologies I had intended to celebrate with a half of strong shandy but opened the wine by mistake, I may open the Gin by mistake next and end up by telling everyone I Love You.

  • toon kk

    May 27, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be a Scam, its Ashley remember. Believe it when it happens!
    Priority is Rafa signing a new contract

  • Reilly

    May 27, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Luke Edwards
    If I have any advice from Istanbul, treat these claims a takeover is close with a huge dose of salt. All that seems to have happened is a price has been agreed, that’s a long way from a bid being accepted. Phone full of messages doubting validity of it all. Sorry again

  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #16

    DaveD; if this happens clubs will ask stupid money for their players if we show an interest.

  • Novocastrian66

    May 27, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #17

    The journalist seem to be forming two distinct groups. 1 group is convinced the deal is on and real. The 2nd group think it could be fake news.

  • Legolas

    May 27, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #18

    NEW: Sources express caution after claims NUFC takeover ‘agreed’. We’re told Sheikh Khaled is NOT related to Man City owner & Liverpool sources describe group as time-wasters. Also, no paperwork submitted to Premier Lge (w/ @Matt_Lawton_DM @AdamCrafton_ )

    Here’s the start of it !! ?

  • Moonraker15

    May 27, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Keith Downie is such a fckin wet blanket! If Ashley manages to fcuk this up his life won’t br worth living!

  • DaveD1000

    May 27, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #20

    k…I’m still getting pi$$ed tho

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #21

    If Ashley has promoted another wind up he really won’t know where to hide.
    Press coverage also suggest that he has sold the Shirebrook site for £120million to external investors so might we ask if Sports Direct has a cash flow crisis as a result of declines in high street retail trade ?

    No paperwork submitted to Premier League – well it wouldn’t be until the deal is done and even then it’s bank Holiday Monday so do you think anyone is working there, yet alone disclosing confidential information about a takeover which would break Financial rules.

    Just have to wait until the rollercoaster returns to base.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #22

    This is some proper confusion then :O Let’s get this straight, is this the same guy/group who was negotiating to buy Liverpool for 2 billion? How hard is it to confirm definitively whether Khaled is related to Mansur or are we talking about an impostor?

  • jordijohnty

    May 27, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Im hoping if theres a sale, that the development at the back of the gallowgate, car park or whatever is re negotiated. If the club is getting 52000 turning up fighting relegation and in the championship whist ashleys at the helm, how big will the ground need to be if we really are challenging at the top end of the league each season. I dont want the ground to move, even to town moor and certainly not down in gatesheed

  • beefman13

    May 27, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Jason Cundy last month said Newcastle was defo being sold, of course there is caution, at the time it was yea right, but other players said the same thing, the news is in every ness paper every news channel, fingers crossed, if Mike has managed to sell to the Sheikh then that is a lovely leaving present if nowt else.

  • ToonMatt

    May 27, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyone think all this has been a complete wind-up and Ashley and his cockney mates are sat now getting pissed and looking at comments on social media whilst laughing at us all?

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Despite telling myself over and over again not to get excited before it is official, I’ve caved in today, especially with the official statement from Bin Zayed Group hitting Sky Sports.

    I can’t see how such a high profile entity can be a “faux buyer”, surely this would have been exposed within the hour with a simple fact check, it’s not like Abu Dhabi is on the other side of the moon and hard to reach. What are these “sources”, it’s not like the genealogy of the Royal family is a matter of opinion or expertise, if our guy is unrelated to the Man City guy you just publish an article clarifying all that in a clear cut manner instead of quoting “sources”?!

  • Bambams

    May 27, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s on…its off…cool your jets…nothing agreed…one side says it’s done, the other no funds proven.

    Give me back the Journal in the mornings and no social media !

    I have not been off my mobile all day reading everything.

    I will wait until I see the sheikh standing on the pitch.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 27, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Seriously why is ppl worried about FFP?? Our revenue goes up, it means we can spend more. Our finances is been up every year for 12 years.

  • Munster Mag

    May 27, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Definitely a time for keeping calm, as rafa says himself

  • carltoon

    May 27, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #31

    All the news outlet pouring cold water on the news. Don’t Know if the Sheikh is who he says. hasn’t given proof of funds. God I can’t believe this could happen again.

  • jane

    May 27, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Ayoze to Tottenham feels like the right move for him, can see it happening.

  • toon22

    May 27, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Just read that people at Liverpool claim the takeover they tried there was a waste of time

    Not looking so rosy right now

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Funny how Liverpool sources saying they’re time wasters when his offer was declined without any negotiations.

    As for Nufc wanting to see proof of funds, does Ashley want cash or cheque?

  • Mag :P

    May 27, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon 22

    That seems to make you happy?

    Can’t say that surprises me considering you’re livelihood on here will diminish if reports are true.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #36

    On second thought Midhat Kidwai’s facebook profile doesn’t look very promising, it’s rather odd to sign such a high profile statement regarding Newcastle and maintain a cover photo and shirt related to Liverpool. That doesn’t really tie in with “We view it as an honour to have the opportunity to build on the strong support, history and tradition of the club.”

    Hopefully the explanation is he doesn’t use his FB account very often and/or didn’t feel it was necessary to change that cover photo after their attempt to purchase Liverpool didn’t work out.

  • KevinHann

    May 27, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #37

    I don’t care about the Liverpool sources. What are they going to say, the guy worth $18 billion was genuine about buying the club and outspending Manchester City but we didn’t want to sell? Much more convenient to play the “it was never serious so don’t think about it too hard” card.

  • toon kk

    May 27, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Takeover! Scam, fake bulshit, fans should know better.

    Genuinely hope I’m proven wrong but I don’t believe it.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 27, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Even if we were just to claw back all the income that Ashley has been stealing from the club and take away that stupid idea where we pretend to pay more for a player and his wages than we really do we would already be able to compete with the top 10!! Plus all the installments from players sold we never get to see and FUN88 money etc

    If all of that kind of money comes back into the club with Rafa’s eye for a bargain we could easily be punching our natural weight and if we then get some extra backing via sponsorship etc then I think the top 6 would start to become quite worried about us!

  • magscar

    May 27, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Martoon on last thread

    sorry been otherwise engaged and trying not to look at news constantly 🙂

    Not sure about PL other than there are rules affecting wages increases. If there is a sale and owners are to consider getting to CL then FFP may mean slower progress even if money is there as I understand it it can’t simply be “introduced” . I mentioned it just because a few seem to think it’s going to be money no object if in fact we are sold.

    I expect transfer windows to be much better than under Ashley but with the caveat of restrictions for wannabes nowadays as imposed by EUFA


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