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Fans Desperate For Real News On Takeover And Rafa’s New Contract

It’s not the first time under the ownership of Mike Ashley that there is a complete vacuum of information about what’s exactly going on at the club.

Ashley has never been a good communicator and he’s proving that again by not talking about where we are with Rafa’s contract – for one thing.

That was Newcastle’s stated number one priority after the season ended on May 12th – to get Rafa signed to a new deal.

It’s June 1st in a couple of days and still nothing from the club.

No communications at all on any progress, coming out of the club.

And the Bin Zayed Group have issued two statements to fans and others this week on the status of their attempted takeover of Newcastle United.

It seems as though it is well along in terms of being completed.

And still nothing from Newcastle.

Mike Ashley – an owner who does not communicate – so nobody knows what’s going on

Surely Ashley is on his way out – any attempt to scuttle the deal with Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan now – will show once and for all he has no intention of selling the club – whatever he says.

He simply cannot be trusted, which is one reason Mike Ashley should never have owned a football club – especially Newcastle United.

Here are what fans are saying about the situation and they are desperate for real hard news on what exactly is going on at Newcastle.

222 comments so far

  • Sliema

    May 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #1

    So absolutely nowt today then?

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 30, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Will the fat man please hurry up and f*** off!!

  • barkel

    May 30, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    nothing at all, from the speculation that was to be expected with big news coming tomorrow

  • IconicNumber9

    May 30, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Long time reader first time poster. I. A big fan of your work Ed, been reading this blog for almost a decade since the days of Ben Arfa signing. Wether it’s the articles or the comments section reading this place is part of my daily NUFC routine.

  • MickyZee

    May 30, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    BZG have said quite a lot, tried to keep everyone well informed which is good, however not once have they ever stated that their intention is to keep Rafa as manager, I get the distinct impression that they have another manager lined up if they do take over.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 30, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #6

    This takeover is no different to the last two attempts. Both had no latest news on them on ever. Same this time round.
    Last two were PR stunts from the very beginning, same this time round.
    I just find it very hard to believe how gullible most ppl really are.
    Accept it now and prepare the backlash for Ashley.

  • yogz69

    May 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Loads of people were saying expect today to be a quiet media day, so methi g big is happening tomorrow just be patient the fat cnut will be gone for good soon.

  • BENNY 10

    May 30, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Shadow Shearer if this is all a hoax of Ashley’s making how do you explain the multiple statements from the Bin Zayed group confirming an agreement and ongoing work to to complete the transaction?

  • MickyZee

    May 30, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Shadow Shearer

    This is totally different to the previous attempts, Staveley and Kenyon were fronts, negotiating for others, this time we know who the top man is and we are far more aware of what is happening, that doesn’t mean that it will go through, but unlike the past attempts there is substance to this one.

  • toon22

    May 30, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Same lie as last year for the same reason as last year

    It’s never MAs fault

  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11


    Is that were soap city comes from?

    I’ll be a monkey’s uncle

  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice to see our old “firster” Mr Indian Magpie up there, still trolling Twitter with his disingenuity and general wumming.

    A perennial juvenile numbnut. 🙂

  • Jim Ileys Arms

    May 30, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I know nothing about the Emirati bid. Could happen, I guess. But I know the American bid is still on, and at an advanced stage. But all partes sworn to secrecy. Which makes me wonder about the Arabs. Can’t say more.

  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Welcome to the asylum, Iconic. You’ll never get away, you understand that, don’t you?



  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    What about the Libyans? Great Scott have we forgotten about the Libyans ? 🙂

  • Jib

    May 30, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Escape before Tsunki locks the door !!!!!!

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 30, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17


    Do you honestly think BZG would get the ball rolling by going against the wishes of the fans and bringing in their own man? , let’s face it , it wouldn’t be very good PR and do you honestly think Rafa would walk just for the sake of waiting 2 weeks or so to sort out a contract? ,Christ, Rafa has been fed peanuts for 3 yrs by Ashley. Do you honestly think he would walk now when there is a new owner who is willing to back him with serious cash?

  • Tsunki

    May 30, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Too late. You’re ours now.


  • MickyZee

    May 30, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #20


    I doubt Rafa would walk, but apparently amongst all the articles which I’ve read there was one, Chronicle I believe who asked BZG the question if Rafa would be kept on, allegedly they have not had a reply yet, coupled with no mention from them that they intend to keep him, then it is fair to assume that they may have someone else in mind.

  • MickyZee

    May 30, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #21


    With all due respect that is a newspaper report, it has not came from the BZG, nothing about Rafa has, that doesn’t mean that they won’t keep him, but based on their openness so far I would have thought that they would have said yes he is staying if that is their intent.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 30, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #22


    “Good writin’ ain’t necessarily good readin’.”
    ? Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • DubaiMicky

    May 30, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Well we have a load of people coming out of the woodwork (as woodlice do), and pouring cold water on the bid.

    Let me tell you, they’re jealous, jealous of the Toon, jealous of the new owner, jealous of the fans who are behind the club (not ashLIE).

    Treat them with the contempt they deserve, they’re the ne’r do wells Jeremy Kyle brigade, sponging off the state and with no idea about business.

    Let them go, they’re not wanted in the Toon – sadly, once it’s done they’ll be the plastic fans buying knock off shirts at the local market that don’t benefit the club at all.

    Seriously, you lot make me ashamed.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    The American bid is still on? Where are the updates from them? At least this new group have attempted to explain the status of their attempt. As bids go I’m much happier with this one. It seems more solid and substantial somehow. More nutritious and healthy. It has that “we’re owned by a wealthy Sheikh you know” gravitas.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    And Tsunki is right Iconic. There is no way out of here. I’ve been trying for years but never made it. Always caught and thrown back in. The rest of your life is an illusion. This is reality…..submit!!!

  • Asi Fish

    May 30, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #26

    We have swam these waters before but it does feel a bit different this time – lets hope we make it over to the green green grass on t’other side.

  • Munster Mag

    May 30, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Micky the scepticism and paranoia are Unreal but Toon22 promised to leave the blog if he is proved wrong that Ashley won’t sell. So another bonus in there. Although tsunki will miss him, bless.

  • cheick n bake

    May 30, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope the sale goes through, my only concern would be if a senior member of their family tells him not to go through with it

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Are you suggesting there is a Libyan bid coming in soon Tsunki?

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #30

    cheick n bake
    which senior member of their family is that,???
    why would they do that ???

  • beermonkey

    May 30, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #31


    Jeremy kyle has been axed where are these people to go now

    Alas they found us they must have seen the words of toon22 and gs and thought this is the place for us

  • Asi Fish

    May 30, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #32

    My concerns are MA moving the (jumpers for) goalposts, throwing up in his fire or just backing out of it for some elaborate BS reason……

    I am concerned about MA giving me reasons to be concerned

  • MickyZee

    May 30, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #33


    What’s your view on Rafa, based on very limited reports that we have, do you feel they will keep him or do you feel that their silence on him means they could have someone else in mind.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #34

    I think the Sheikh’s granny likes Sunderland hibbit. It’s quite a worry.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 30, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    cheick n bake, you’ve just appeared on the blog, say you live in Dubai, can I ask you which other Toon fans you know, where you hang out, you don’t have to answer here, drop me a mail sheikhdubaimicky@gmail.com

    It’d be great meeting up with you and I can introduce you to a load of other Toon fans here.

    Look forward to hearing from you marra.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 30, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #36


    giving a yes or no answer to a news outlet probably wouldn’t be high on their list of priorities bearing in mind BZG most likely haven’t been in contact with Rafa himself .

  • Binney

    May 30, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Lukaku to the toon you heard it here first

  • DubaiMicky

    May 30, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    MickyZee, they’re taking over the club. Rafa isn’t the bricks and mortar of the club (although I would suggest he’s currently the mortar that holds the bricks together).

    Why should they say what they will do, who they will bring in, who they will replace, ffs, let them get the deal over the line first.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Well said @9 MickeyZed.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #40

    I think Rafa will obviously get very respectful treatment from the new owners when the takeover is complete. They will outline their vision of the future of the club to him and then wait to see what he thinks.

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