Justin Allen was the Sun reporter who broke the news of Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan and his Bin Zayed Group having agreed terms of £350M to buy Newcastel from current owner Mike Ashley back on May 26th – 19 days ago.
Everything Allen reported in that piece has been backed up by the Bin Zayed Group by their two statements so in that sense, he has some credibility – at least in being able to talk to Sheikh Khaled and his people.
And in response to a query by a Newcastle fan asking for an update on the takeover, Allan has tweeted the following:
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. #NUFC
— Justin Allen (@justinallen1976) June 14, 2019
As we’ve said before at this point there are two parallel universes existing – one that denies the takeover will happen and that comes from some leaks from the Newcastle hierarchy reported by the Chronicle.
And on the Bin Zayed Group side of things they seem confident the takeover will happen with things waiting at the moment on the Premier league doing their work.
We hope the latter is the real news.
291 comments so far
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:06 PMComment #81
So on the one hand we have a potential takeover which will not only rid us of MA but also catapult us into battle with the top half of the table attracting top name players and boosting the NE. We only have to wait out patiently & positively.
On t’other hand there is no takeover, we are all mugs, Rafa walks end of the month along with all key players including Longstaff going to the failing manchester club. Anger and discontent lead to very little except stomping feet and flaring nostrils whilst MA laughs as we descend towards relegation again. We have to wait out whilst biting our nails and refreshing the blog every 40 secs.
In summary, we have to wait out………….lets get a beer!
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:20 PMComment #82
Tony, if you’re still on. Where do you normally catch the matches? I’m curious if we may have bumped into each other at one of the Toon bars around here.
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:21 PMComment #83
On one hand I need a beer to deaden the pain of fake sheikhover.
On the other hand I need a beer because it’s on I tell ya.
Beer wins either way
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:35 PMComment #84
Oooft, that’s me told, never fiddle with a man’s hobnobs.
That sounds wrong, too. And I’m not p!shed (yet)
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:38 PMComment #85
Above all. Never dunk your hobknobs in another mans brew.
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:40 PMComment #86
Only 2 possible outcomes really
1) We are sold, Rafa stays, we invest in players that will take us up a level and upgrade the neglected infrastructure and academy and youth set up.
2) We aren’t sold, Rafa leaves, a Moyes / Hughes type comes in, best players leave and money not re-invested.
If it’s 2, then after 50 years support I am done……really this time.
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:41 PMComment #87
Droppy thats sacrilege….thats what started most wars!!!
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:46 PMComment #88
Funny this morning it could be a disaster scenario, now it’s progressing well, just can’t keep up with these reports?
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:47 PMComment #89
Droopy, where you at in Wallsend mate. I lived on Dorset Age for 9 years before I came back over here. Wish I hadn
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:48 PMComment #90
Hadn’t miss the toon like mad. Hate it back in Preston.
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:49 PMComment #91
ChicagoToon1: AJ Hudsons.
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:51 PMComment #92
I’m just off the high street on Ferndale Ave
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:54 PMComment #93
There’s the Globe but that is more Arsenal and Spurs. And Villa now they are back.
Jun 14, 2019 at 4:56 PMComment #94
Aye, not too far away from us. Miss Wallsend like. Back up soon to stay with our neighbours and a few scoops in Wetherspoons and then the Dorset. Happy days.
droppy in Wallsend
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:00 PMComment #95
Aye it’s canny here and I look after dogs for a living so it’s handy for the parks
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:12 PMComment #96
Pre sale black n white celebratory beers flowing 🙂
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:14 PMComment #97
Even if the doesn’t happen before the 30th, I don’t think Rafa will go anywhere, he’ll hang around until it’s completed.
: thumbs up: emoji
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:16 PMComment #98
*the sale ffs
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:18 PMComment #99
I’ve been to AJs many times although wouldn’t call myself a regular. Used to go to the Globe as well since my sister lived down the street made walking there convenient. Small world. You by chance know a Jason? He goes to AJ’s regularly
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:25 PMComment #100
Maybe, ChicagoToon1. I am sh!t with names. Have known the owner of AJ Hudsons for years. Everton fan, Jamie.
There’s Adam who runs ToonArmyChicago.
I know a few others but as I a said I am crap with names. Robert, an older guy in his 70s from the suburbs.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:33 PMComment #101
You should’ve had 2 bottles of vodka before the end of the England game Tony!!
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:33 PMComment #102
Is Jason a big guy? Like over 6 ft and 250lbs?
I know Brian and Jonty as well.
I probably go to about half of our games at AJ Hudsons.
Never any Man U fans in there which is a blessing.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:35 PMComment #103
Jon, couldn’t keep up with you mate.
Depending on the draw it is setting up for England and India in the final.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:36 PMComment #104
Gotcha, yeah I’ve gone a couple times a season for the past few years but names don’t ring a bell when spaced that far apart. Anyways, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve met in person before. Interesting nonetheless.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:39 PMComment #105
One of you needs a Toon top with Ed Harrison on the back. You’ll find each other that way 🙂
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:40 PMComment #106
Chicagotoon1: where the hell is JIb? I was looking forward to his recommendations for where to go in Chicago, even though I have lived here for almost 30 years I am sure he could tell me the best spots. Just not the fcking Billy Goat!!! Or Butch McGuires which I was in yesterday for the first time in years.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:42 PMComment #107
ChicagoToon1: type in Toon Army Chicago on google and it will take you to a facebook page with the lot that get together at AJ Hudsons.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:42 PMComment #108
So I see that I’ve not missed anything regarding the takeover. Longstaff is going but so was Lascelles, Richie and Shelvey last year, this year, last month, this week…. next
Charlie in the Gallowgate
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:48 PMComment #109
Playing devils advocate
Gives Rafa the funds to strengthen
Would you take it !!!!!!?????
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:51 PMComment #110
would you trust him Charlie once the inks dry ???
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:52 PMComment #111
I’m the same; after 69 years supporting the lads I can’t face another period of Ashley austerity and no ambition.
Like you I’m done but optimistic it will happen!
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:53 PMComment #112
* 60 years ffs even I’m not that old!
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:54 PMComment #113
So, still nothing happening. If somebody kisses the Frog will he turn into a Sheikh (Prince)?
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:55 PMComment #114
Believe peeps…… It’ll happen
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:55 PMComment #115
I would take that but only cos I trust and would support Rafa !
Jail for Ashley
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:56 PMComment #116
That’s the scenario we all hoped would happen until this poxy Sun journalist broke that story and had us all nervous wrecks for the last three weeks. Unfortunately from what the local journos are saying Ashley hasn’t budged much in his stance and I simply don’t think Rafa needs the hassle of working for a bloke like Ashley.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:56 PMComment #117
If somebody runs over the Frog in their car will it still say Hiya KBA?
In my nightmares!
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:57 PMComment #118
Hi Rafa, 80M to spend plus whatever you bring in from player sales is yours to spend, I will also improve the training facilities and invest in the youth academy…
Oh Rafa, one last thing, the 80M includes, agent fees, signing on fees, bonuses, transfer fee, wages and a SD mug. The training facilities will be getting brand bew bargain bucket Sondico footballs and the youth academy will inherit the ex senior teams kits which cost us a lot of money and I will gake them on holiday to Vegas at the end of the season but that’s not a guarantee.
Jun 14, 2019 at 5:57 PMComment #119
If Ashley stays and manure offer 30 million for Longstaff then he’s gone – impossible for Ashley not to see that money in his pocket despite what the player/manager / fans want ..
@tony – don’t think any of us can keep up with Jon in the drinking game – he’s the blog iron liver champ
Jun 14, 2019 at 6:02 PMComment #120
to be honest lads i’m giving it till the last minute 4th July before i make my mind up but time is definitely running out.