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Former Great Scottish Striker – Newcastle Takeover Would Be Fantastic



The news of yesterday about Newcastle was stunning.

There was hardly a whisper of a takeover and according to the Sun, signed contracts are now with the Premier League waiting for their approval.

Potential new owner Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan seems to have moved quickly, efficiently and under the radar screen.

If this deal can be closed quickly, it will have been almost a perfect acquisition, and of course, our fans are ecstatic about what this all means for the future.

Rafa will be given money to spend, and he (and Newcastle) should be up with the big boys soon.

56-year-old Ally McCoist played for Rangers 451 times with 251 goals from 1983 to 1998, and he has also managed Rangers from 2011 through 2014.

Ally McCoist – Newcastle takeover would be fantastic

He is in demand now as a pundit and appears on talkSPORT often, and he has talked about the possible acquisition of Newcastle and he seems highly delighted if the deal goes through.

This is what Ally said on talkSPORT early this morning:

“It would be fantastic, wouldn’t it?.”

“There’s been serious unrest there for some time between the supporters and the owner, that’s been very very clear.”

“I just hope this time they do get their wish, Newcastle.”

“I really like the coach Rafael Benitez, he’s clearly very well respected and an excellent coach.”

“And the Newcastle supporters love him.”

“And I would love to see him get the opportunity to increase the talent within that squad, because I do think they could move up the table and do really, really well.”

Well said Ally – now we have to complete the takeover just as soon as possible.

And course it may take some time to finish high up in the league, but it won’t be for want of trying or even because we have a miserly owner who doesn’t like to spend the club’s money.

Things could be the polar opposite of what they have been like over the last 12 years with Mike Ashley.

We should have ambition and money available at the club. and of course an experienced world-class manager.

Comments welcome.


205 comments so far

  • WLtoon

    May 28, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #161

    Reading more into this so called takeover bid,, Im afraid it sounds like another load of bull,

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  • Jib

    May 28, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #162

    I’m sure the Sheikh and MA will both have offshore accounts

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #163

    Jib

    You’ve been quiet last cpl days, Bishop sack you?

    😉

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #164

    Cheers Jib. Wasn’t sure where they stood now, they’ve finally dropped out the, bottom end. I thought some of the clubs in the, non-league section in Scotland might have a problem with it.
    Mind, that said, Gretna played in English leagues, I remember playing against them years ago for Richmond Town in some cup I think.
    Anyway, now I know so cheers. 🙂

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #165

    Joint second favourite for M’bappe now

    🙂

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  • GS

    May 28, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #166

    Mark Douglas at The Chronicle is doing a fine job of confusing everybody about everything.

    3
  • Wayayman

    May 28, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #167

    The statement is real, the agreement is genuine and the transaction is ‘in progress’.

    Everything else has come about because journos who didnt know anything this time yesterday, are desperately trying to make sense of a culture they know little about. They even got the wrong person yesterday. Now that set in motion a load of doubts about the authenticity of the real bidder.

    The fact remains that the Bin Zayed Group have themselves confirmed this is genuine. Dont let the lack of clarity over how much this Sheikh is worth get in the way of this. The company is huge over there and there as you might suspect will be zero transparency regarding the net worth of any member of the royal family, however distant.

    If anyone screws this up, it’ll be Ashley.

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  • Moonraker15

    May 28, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #168

    Reilly
    SJP is a great advert for the club / owner so I doubt they’ll wanna move but will wanna extend!

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  • GS

    May 28, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #169

    The fans don’t matter, clarity doesn’t matter, clicks are all that matter. See how many stories they can bash out per hour and how many links they can post?

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  • TyneMouth

    May 28, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #170

    Jib @ #162

    Are you inferring that our ‘Beloved Owner’ could potentially move the profits from selling a thriving UK business and cache his profit in an off-shore bank, without paying the capital gains tax? Tut, tut…

    Even if he does, the Banks don’t care whether it’s tax free or not, the fees are just the same…

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  • Jib

    May 28, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #171

    OP
    He’s put me on gardening leave

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  • martoon

    May 28, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #172

    Jib @171 – Lol. Actually if the sale does go through it will be interesting to see if any of the ‘shill’ posters do disappear from the blog – god if they do I might have to give an apology to toon22! :mrgreen:

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  • RobLeenio

    May 28, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #173

    wayayman, thanks for your sensible post.

    I wonder when the profession of sports journalism became so badly represented? I feel like none of the journos, local or national, will come out of this with any credit. They all seem to be running around like blue-arsed flies trying to get to the bottom of a mystery which was actually solved before any of them knew it even existed.

    I know it must be frustrating for them, but can they not just hold their hands up and say ‘this one caught us with our pants down, but here’s a bit of sense over we might expect now’, instead of adding dynamite to the fire of speculation?

    Gets my goat, honestly.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #174

    Toon22

    Has been very decent about the whole thing from what I’ve seen. Said to be wary but not ott like a few others.

    I think he’ll be true to his word and disappear if Ashley sells, then he’ll just be a myth of the blog, a legend spoke of in the shadows

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #175

    Keiran Mcguire reckons the chances of this happening are less than 50/50 on Sky Sports News. Interesting!!!

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  • RobLeenio

    May 28, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #176

    martoon, that thought did cross my mind….

    Considering the vast majority of the ‘shills’ have posted in the last 24 hours, I think we’ll not be lighting a candle for many regular posters and you’ll not need to be too effusive with any apologies.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #177

    Rob

    What you need to remember is theres probably one independent journalists in Dubai who’s working for all the outlets. Then each outlet has to spin the facts (loose term) they get to sell papers.

    Theres no point sending individual journalists as the story is more likely to grow in the UK.

    That’s why it’s all rehashed atm, everyone is waiting for the Prem fit n prop but they’ll be scrambling using the same sources as us GOOGLE to find out as much as they can.

    When the fit n proper test is applied for there’ll be a spokesperson possibly future CEO outlining their plans for the club, other than that we’ll hear zip unless Ashley funks it up.

    I reckon fit n proper applied for on Friday.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 28, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #178

    We’ll said Wayayman.
    The naivety of them beggars belief.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #179

    Nowt like hedging your bets SSN. In the reports that zip past, they’re saying it’s virtually a done deal, then interview the Sports Finance guru who says, it’s less than 50/50 chance of being completed. Make your minds up please.

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  • c-dog

    May 28, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #180

    Best to not get any hopes up. Does seem more genuine than Stavely. And Peter Kenyon was an absolute bum.
    If it happens, then I’ll be hitting the beer hard in celebration.

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  • Reilly

    May 28, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #181

    Ben Jacobs
    @JacobsBen
    · 3m
    #NUFC takeover update. Bin Zayed Group sources say they don’t expect a takeover to be complete before Benitez’s contact expires on June 30. Will be on Mike Ashley (and the impending lure of a possible new owner. If that happens) to persuade him to stay.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 28, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #182

    OP, yeah I know they have a job to do and their job is to sell advertising space for their tat mongering publishers. Yet you’d think that one or two of them would show some professionalism.

    I think maybe Pete Graves is the only one who has been kinda restrained. We know he’s close to Ashley (he was on that train with a photographer with a surprised and embarrassed looking Kenedy) so I wonder if he was briefed in advance, maybe.

    Also, I think you could be right about the F&P on Friday (last Friday I mean).

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  • Lovem or Hatem

    May 28, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #183

    @ Reilly

    Who is Ben Jacobs?

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  • RobLeenio

    May 28, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #184

    This is obviously a case in point! Why would the Bin Zayed group say one thing openly to a wide group of well-known journalists one afternoon then contradict themselves in a private message to a single unknown journalist 24 hours later?

    That’s Ben Jacobs off my Christmas card list.

    😉

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #185

    The press have to make out the deal wont go through or theres other bidders, stories equal money.

    Only a Nufc fan would read positive news a thousand ways but they have to do the negative for the mackems the cockneys and the FA

    I’m way more enthusiastic about this “sale” than any of the others, it’s not like when Freddie and Dougkas met the Sheikh.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #186

    If one of the major sports outlet’s like Sky Sports is disagreeing with itself, then it’s no wonder the rest can’t make their minds up one way or the other.
    I think this just proves nobody really has a clue wtf is going on.
    If Ashley requested the Sheikh’s side not to talk to the press – which would follow his usual MO – then I’m surprised they would ignore that request. Is that not about ‘respect’? So how much credence can we put on their alleged press release that the deal is done?
    Not much known for sure other then talks are taking place. Reality check time I think.

    2
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #187

    Theres no Mary Poppins in this sale

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  • Ron Knee

    May 28, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #188

    Sheik your moneymaker.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #189

    Bobbybee- but in that statement made by the Sheiks company said that they had ‘agreed’ with Ashley, and the fat man himself said that his statement was accurate.

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  • Wayayman

    May 28, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #190

    Bobby, I just saw that Keiran Maguire interview. He’s a football finance expert, not an expert on takeovers or Middle East business practices. He’s excellent at his job, forensically detailing accounts from clubs but this is not his wheelhouse. He was on Sky to talk about the Villa promotion and what it means financially, they obviously shoehorned that part about us on the top of the piece as there was nothing new or even right that he had to say.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #191

    Has the Prem commented on if they’re doing a fit n proper or it still no comment?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #192

    Again, why are the Ben Zahid Group leaking to the press if Ashley has asked they don’t? Yesterday it was, ‘as quickly as, possible”, today it’s over a month away? Get out of here. Either somebody is pretending to be the Zahid Group and those reporting it are gross amateurs, or the whole thing is bollix.
    Micky, if one side requested the other not to discuss it with the press, would it not be viewed as disrespectful to then release, statements to the press and therefore very unlikely to happen? I can think of nothing better to convince the other side that you don’t give a toss what they want, than that. A bit like Ashley turning up pissed in Ashley’s eyes, I imagine. Somebody’s lying. As shocking as that may be.
    Now who do we know with a history for telling porkies?

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  • SirBobbyRobby

    May 28, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #193

    Nobody in the media knows f all about what’s happening. Brother? Cousin? The culture in the middle east is very foreign and distant to all of us…Although I believe Mickey when he says it would be an embarrassment to his peers if this was Khalid’s second attempt at buying a club and he failed.

    There is a suspicious mood amongst the media which is based on previous attempts that isn’t objective. This is the umpteenth time fat bags has tried to sell but the first time the sheikh has tried to buy. If this is how they operate they should be allowed the time to get it over the line. Fingers crossed. HWTL

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 28, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #194

    Deal agreed, both parties have confirmed it.

    Neither have said close, small things to be sorted or sticking points. Deal agreed.

    I’ve a feeling the fit n proper has been applied for or whoever needs to has been made aware ones about to happen.

    For them both to say deal agreed the only thing to stop the sale is if one pulls out, you all know theres no pulling out

    😉

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  • beermonkey

    May 28, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #195

    panda

    where have ashlie or the club said deal agreed
    i must have missed it

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  • RUNAWAY777

    May 28, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #196

    Skys putting this takeover down say they could not put a goodwill gesture of 25 million down for liverpool god help ashley if he’s playing these game againg he really thinks these fan are going to put up with this again

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  • lesh

    May 28, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #197

    Optimistic Panda

    So it’d be up to the prospective CEO to present the new owner’s business plan and boy, I bet the FA are looking forward to hearing Charnley tell them a story.

    One’s like to think that a new CEO’s already lined up and wonder whether Peter Kenyon might be the one? He may have gleaned a lot in the course of his flirtation with Ashley and has experience at the top level of the football business.

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  • Lovem or Hatem

    May 28, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #198

    Ben Jacobs
    ?Verified account @JacobsBen
    9m9 minutes ago

    I think a lot hinges on proof of funds. But at the moment #NUFC insiders appear skeptical. This hardly suggests an imminent official announcement. But as those who have lived in the UAE will attest, things can move at super- or snail- speed and thus change very quickly

    Does he sound like someone in the know?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 28, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #200

    I’ll believe it when it happens. This would have to have an effect on any talks between Ashley and Rafa. So Ashley won’t know until after Rafa’s contract runs out, exactly where he stands? How convenient is that? This guy’s ID needs establishing. Has Ashley bought a failing actors school recently?
    It just sounds wrong.

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