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Still Confusion On The Takeover – But Here’s A Definite Ray Of Hope

The Chronicle today have tried to get some definitive news on the takeover but they have been unable to come up with what’s really going on and there are still conflicting reports.

On the positive side of things, the Bin Zayed Group – led by Sheikh Khaled – have been very outspoken be issuing two statements to fans so far.

The latest one said that a deal has been agreed for £350M with Mike Ashley, and proof of funds were sent to the owners’ lawyers last month (April 17) which is six weeks last Wednesday.

Also signed contracts from both sides have been delivered to the Premier League.

If that’s true and it’s all in order, then the next thing is for the Premier League to investigate and say that Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan is a fit and proper person to own a football club.

Then the deal would be closed – so if we believe what Bin Zayed Group is true it’s not far from being closed.

However, there always Mike Ashley who could try to slow it up – even though it’s in Newcastle’s best interests to get it completed quickly so they can sign Rafa up and then some top players.

Sheikh Khaled – the upcoming owner of Newcastle United

When the deal broke that Manchester City had been bought by Sheikh Mansour in August 2008, everything had been completed including the fit and proper person test.

And when the news came through via the Sun last Sunday night, you would have expected that everything had been done – by the rules – to acquire Newcastle United.

They would not have allowed the news to break unless everything had been done and they were simply waiting on the Premier League.

That’s what you would expect to happen if a valid bid had – for the first time that met Ashley’s price – had been made.

And the two statements issued by Sheikh Khaled have validated everything the Sun reported.

But there’s a skeptical view at Newcastle on any takeover – because we’ve been burned by Ashley before and people are finding it all hard to believe.

Where’s the catch this time?

But then Newcastle said no valid offer had been received and they have kept to that story every single day this week.

If Newcastle had said nothing we would not have been in the confusion we are right now.

If this deal is real – then it could be closed within two weeks or earlier, once the Premier League have conducted their fit and proper person review on Sheikh Khaled.

There – I’ve said it.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Boom Sheikh-Sheikh-Sheikh the Toon

    May 31, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Morelos would be worth a punt but maybe not for £20m. £15m or less for him i can see being accepted.
    Guy almost certainly has a future bigger than Rangers though.
    As for other players from Scotland, Tierney is the obvious one. Has his head screwed on it seems too.
    Then Ajer, who looks to become the next Van Dijk type player from Celtic. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, plenty of potential there.
    Edouard is worth keeping an eye on, big strong boy.
    To a lesser extent theres Ntcham and Rogic but i cant see them making it in the premier league.
    Finally theres Lewis Ferguson from Aberdeen. Not as good as the above players yet but he is 19 i believe. Time to develop.

  • Tramp

    May 31, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #2


    Short for “Stridsledning och Luftbevakning” which means…

    “Combat control and air surveillance” in Swedish.

    Swedish group involved in the takeover and buyout of cartoon Ashley and his helicopters.


    More details at tomorrow’s 2pm announcement.

  • Tramp

    May 31, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Was supposed to say *cartoon villain. 🙁 I tried.

  • lesh

    May 31, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #4


    It transpires there’s a flight of Dakotas flying over Eastbourne en route to France, on June 5th as part of the D-Day commemoratin bash.

    Here’s the route they’ll be taking


  • Bobbybee

    May 31, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Just one worrying thought. Does being willing to deal with Mike Ashley not bring into question whether or not you’re a fit and proper person to own a football club? Or even a Club biscuit for that matter? 🙂

  • beefman13

    May 31, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Mike and the gang let nowt oot the bag till the last min do they, we know the score with them.
    The Sheikh’s mob have been bold and issued genuine statements of intent, I feel we have had a decent amount of info up to now 5 days in.

  • Boom Sheikh-Sheikh-Sheikh the Toon

    May 31, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I forgot to mention ajer is comfortable in both defense and midfield

  • lesh

    May 31, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8


    You know as well as everybody else (apart from Jib/ Jane) that Ashley cares not on iota about Newcastle’s best interests.

    The sooner he goes the better.

  • Zele

    May 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    There’s no confusion.

    If its real a legal process is underway and when concluded an announcement will be made.

    Someone has spilled the beans. Whether that was the owner or the seller or a third party (FA) who knows.

  • lesh

    May 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #10


    I’m not sure historic aircraft are your bag but the Dakota flight (35 of ’em) are to pass over Southend. Check the link I posted for Beeronkey (above) and you’ll get an idea of their flyover time.

    It should be spectacular….. And noisy if the noise from one’s anything to go by.

  • Geordie-john

    May 31, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Nice to see Joey Barton is still training regular and hard down on the beach on the south coast LOL.

    It might just be me but doesn’t the potential new owner ( Fingers crossed ) look like a love child of Mr Bean and Jose Mourinho Lol

    Before all of the nit pickers start, It’s a joke !

  • lesh

    May 31, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12


    Let’s hope the buyers don’t shake hands with Ashley (yuk, I’d imagine him having a limp, sweaty grip). They’d best count their fingers afterwards!

  • Tramp

    May 31, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Rowan Atkinsons takeover of Newcastle United FC complete.

    Mourinho confirmed as manager!

    Announcement to be made at 2pm tomorrow.

  • Tramp

    May 31, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Last one I promise.

  • lesh

    May 31, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15


    @10, the Daks are flying over Colchester too.

  • RobLeenio

    May 31, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit you’re right on the date of the article. Funny how nobody else picked up on it.


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