Ever since the news that the Bin Zayed Group led by Sheikh Khaled was uncovered on May 26th, there have been doubts about whether the Sheikh has the money to buy the club.
Since he failed to buy Liverpool last August with a bid for 2B becasue the American owners didn’t want to sell we thought he could put together £350M to buy Newcastle.
The Tyneside club are a much better prospect as far as return on investment (ROI) is concerned.
And every day since then the Chronicle has reported that Mike Ashley is still awaiting an official bid from the group.
But if we are to believe the announcements made by Sheikh Khaled things are going well, but nobody knows what the timeframe of the takeover is.
Last week speaking to the Transfer Window podcast, reporter Duncan Castles has claimed a couple of things.
Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan
One is that there is great skepticism in the City on the Bin Zayed takeover.
The second is that Jose Mourinho is interested to know if a real takeover is happening because if it is, he would be (very) interested in managing Newcastle.
Freelance reporter Duncan Castles has been speaking to the Transfer Window podcast, and said this about the Newcastle situation:
“I can tell you, Jose Mourinho is interested to find out whether there is a possibility of Newcastle United being bought by a wealthy owner.
“If Newcastle was, he would be interested in finding out whether that is an opportunity for him to manage again.”
“I think it (a Newcastle United Takeover) is a longshot.”
“For the reasons that we explained when we talked about that Newcastle United bid.”
“That it has been presented from a distant, relatively distant member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.”
“That we had skepticism in the City of London as to whether a deal to buy the club was actually in place.”
Things should break open soon – because this dreadful state of affairs can’t go on much past the end of this month.
We hope this breaks for the good of the club.
That would mean Rafa stays, and Mike Ashley sells the club to the Bin Zayed Group or some other ambitious group willing to invest heavily in the club.
If Rafa goes and Ashley stays, that’s a definition of the disaster scenario this summer for Newcastle United.
47 comments so far
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:32 AMComment #1
Oh no there isn’t
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:36 AMComment #2
Ed’s on a roll now. Let’s see if I can get this comment in before his next article?
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:44 AMComment #3
Was just thinking the same.
My comments seem to move the bus forward.
Bills Son Is Back
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:44 AMComment #4
So, the bid…
“has been presented from a distant, relatively distant member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.”
And the point is?
Presumably this guy reckons you need to be a really close member to have any dosh?
What an absolute load of bollocks.
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:45 AMComment #5
We should definitely make July 14 “National no harmful gender stereotypes Day”. It is gay pride month after all.
About 20 years ago my brother visited me in Chicago. My wife had a storefront office on the parade route so we had a party with lots of drinks and looking out onto the parade from the full frame giant glass window. My brother is a bit (a lot) homophobic. He went a bit mental when a gay man in backless chaps pressed his arse cheeks against the window.
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:45 AMComment #6
the sad thing is the obsessive frog will be loving this. Some supporter eh!
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:47 AMComment #7
I must admit as time goes on im excpecting this to fizzle out, part of me thinks well surely somebody would say something official and deny it if nnothing was happening? But then again there was just silence for ages with Kenyon and that just seemed to die quietly.
Benton Toon Exile
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:48 AMComment #8
I hold onto hope, in the knowledge that the fat lad’s ego would say something if it wasn’t true to defend his position…
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:54 AMComment #9
Even ashley must know hes time is up,if there is no takeover this time together with the season ticket price hike,i just cant see 50,000 every week and Rafa will be gone
Bills Son Is Back
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:55 AMComment #10
Another take on the current situation…
If the bid is airy fairy and Rafa has had no communication from BZG and he isn’t going to accept Ashley’s contract…
Why doesn’t he just tell us NOW that he is leaving?
That gives him more time to find a club quickly and get on with the early transfer business he wants for the new season with his new club.
Saying goodbye now, and being up front with the fans, would be totally in keeping with what you would expect from Rafa, rather than having made up his mind to leave weeks ago, saying nowt, and just letting his contract run down.
The fact that Rafa is still here is, to me, one of the biggest signs that this takeover is on and that Rafa knows that.
Jun 14, 2019 at 9:56 AMComment #11
“Freelance reporter Duncan Castles”
Duncan who? Get back in your hole, son, and stay there till we say you can come out.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:00 AMComment #12
It better not end up like the Shearer debacle where Fat Boy Fat ignored him for 6 weeks.
Is that fat shaming? Maybe the British Advertising Board of Standards or whatever they are called will ban me from this blog?
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:01 AMComment #13
Actually laughed out loud at that!
Is it just possible that maybe the City of London, home of 3 of the big 6 teams don’t want those noisy North East upstarts to have a chance of crashing the party.
Rafa has always shown great integrity and respects the fan base I think if he could he would speak as he knows that we are a huge asset.
Keep the faith.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:01 AMComment #14
Today is Whit Friday and I am riet brassed off!
With the club sale looking likely to not be completed soon if ever, the club need to move forward and ensure that everything is in place for a strong start to the season. Whether true or not, the Shiekdown can not be allowed to distract from the fact that Rafa is needed, his contract should be extended on whatever terms he deems (within reason) and the continued success of the club secured.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:06 AMComment #15
Good news: weather is good in Southampton.
Bad News: Sky have the high pitched voiced, Michael Slater, Aussie in an electric blue suit that is 2 sizes too small doing the intros. I am not sure if Slats (I am guessing that’s his nickname) could sound any more Aussie.
Update: Nasser is also wearing an electric blue suit that is 2 sizes too small. They must have got a job lot.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:07 AMComment #16
Frank pingles come sock
Thanks for the update re:Longstaff, it just goes to show the players are non the wiser and just as relient on gossip. Not a very stable way of moving forward but all too familiar of the way our owner operates.
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:08 AMComment #17
June 14th is undersized electric blue suit day.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:08 AMComment #18
please no more negative headlines …im starting to think i might be watchin the heed next season
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:11 AMComment #19
The British Advertising Council should ban all middle-aged cricketers in electric blue suits that are 2 sizes too small. Especially ones who sound like a wombat fcking a duck-billed platypus.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:12 AMComment #20
Bill’s son at #10, absolutely. If there is one person at the club we can put our faith in, it’s Rafa and his silence speaks volumes.
In fact, he hasn’t even been silent – hands up who thinks the soundbites from that interview with the park owner that Rafa visited last week actually came from him?
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:12 AMComment #21
I’ve been told it’s progressing well. Still with the Premier League … It is a lengthy process so can understand the frustration. Even completing the purchase of a flat can take time but imagine a £350m+ deal.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:14 AMComment #22
Once again a lazy journo with nothing but hear say and rumours putting out an article that he will know will get Toon fans reading. Praying on people who just want some actual answers. Shame on these bottom dwellers
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:16 AMComment #23
Reilly (just for those who aren’t aware, tough I’m sure most are) that’s the guy who broke the story a couple weekends ago, a story which has yet to be officially denied and prompted the updates from the BZG. Seems to be the one journalist with the inside scoop, so thanks for posting.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:17 AMComment #24
They have even put Michael Holding in one of those terrible blue suits which I am very upset about because Mikey is usually super-cool.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:19 AMComment #25
OK, That’s enough Tony FFS. This is not a fashion blog.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:20 AMComment #26
Well hats off to Ed for trying to make news when there is none.. The sensationalist headlines I am getting used to now.. No doubt there is big news coming.. but in what form?
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:20 AMComment #27
sorry mate but today is Wet friday in fact very WET friday here in north yorkshire 😉
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:20 AMComment #28
Ashley has given Rafa a take it or leave it contract, or so we are led to believe.. it looks as though Rafa has decided to leave it or he would of surely signed a new deal.. That is one of the main reasons why ithink there is something in the takeover carry on.
Rafa would of been gone by now, Id like to think he,s waiting for the Sheik to waltz through the door and say ,fancy working for me and win some silverwear matey. here,s the money, work your magic.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:21 AMComment #29
Hi guys not posted for a while. I met rob Elliot in wallsend B&Q the other day and he said he’s heard nothing about the take over but quite a few players are worried about Rafa going. He also said he’s gone if Rafa stays but doesn’t want to leave as he loves it here. But then again he was buying quite a lot of paint so make out of that what you will. I for one hope Ashley just sells up and moves on and we can take the step forward that this great club needs.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:23 AMComment #30
……and most importantly…
KEEP THE FAITH.!!!
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:24 AMComment #31
“But then again he was buying quite a lot of paint so make out of that what you will”
He gets nagged by the missus when he’s seen to be just hanging around the house, just like the rest of us.
Heaven forbid we should just put our feet up for five minutes….
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:29 AMComment #32
sorry lads but that paints for Rafa’s office, Mrs Rafa must have finally picked a colour !!!!
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:30 AMComment #33
yeah, Robeenio. It is not like Elliot has had any actual goalkeeping to do in the past 2 years. Even that useless tw@t Woodman gets selected ahead of him.
I always thought Elliot was OK. Maybe the kicking?
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:32 AMComment #34
Woodman is now 3rd choice for the England U21s. I watched him last year in the Toulouse tournament and saw for the first time that he is overrated and overhyped.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:32 AMComment #35
For nearly three weeks I’ve read reports from all media suggesting all sorts of fake news. The chronicle has been the worst offender of the lot. Click baiting seems to be their issue of the day and every day. Mr Waugh and Co are a discredit to NUFC. Let’s just wait to see how this all falls into place. If Mr Waugh needs more time to Clean the Sports Direct signs then crack on, making sure you do not get the signs scratched too much in the skips. I certainly have not seen the sheikhs names being removed from Companies house yet. Unless of course Monochrome Is a registered name dealing in photography. I would say “Just wait and see”
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:37 AMComment #36
BZG said they submitted the paperwor on 24th May, PL/FA won’t have started to look at it until 28th May, peeps, that is only 14 working days ago!
Tony, time for a drink
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:37 AMComment #37
Rob I haven’t been on much. What was the bombshell (or whatever) by Mickey yesterday? Are things looking less likely now? 🙁
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:37 AMComment #38
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:38 AMComment #39
I watched the women’s world cup earlier – they can’t “park the bus” can they.
Jun 14, 2019 at 10:40 AMComment #40
Hey dubai mate.
How are things looking mate? I know i can count on you. 🙂