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Sun Reporter Who Broke BZG Story Gives Positive Update



Justin Allen of the Sun, who broke the story of the Bin Zayed Group’s potential takeover of Newcastle, still claims that it is progressing.

Justin took to Twitter this morning with this update:

While there is nothing new in this. There is still hope that we will be rid of Mike Ashley at some point. Even if it is taking longer than we can stand.

We also have this tweet from Sky Sports’ Keith Downie:

While it is true, that for Newcastle fans it is the hope that kills. We never would have thought that Rafa Benitez would have been the manager under Mike Ashley for three seasons.

That was beyond comprehension when the club was mired in the relegation zone in 2016. But it happened and we are all the better for it.

This takeover may also happen. Let’s just hope it does and that it doesn’t destroy us in the process.


114 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    The only hope I have is something still doesn’t feel right about this whole thing. Call me crazy but things are not adding up.

    Not even gonbs bother write First.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    NUFC finished 13th – unlucky or what?

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost:
    One fine day, sd sell a BCE Westbury 12ft Steel Cushions Slate Snooker Table @ £7,999.99…it’s allowed a Qty of: 2499…Total: £19,991,975.01!!
    If everyone did this, would we actually tie up that amount for the day?!

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Why has it always to be doom and gloom about this once great club?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Well ToonRich perhaps the fat boy has plans to turn SJP into a massive snooker hall?

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  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon rich
    I replied just as the bus pulled out
    Yes you can never have enough snooker tables in my book.
    I have myself bagged enough tents to host my own boutique music festival .
    🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Lol ToonRich, I see I’m being left behind in terms of ambition here.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    If BZG buy us then…

    1. They don’t want Rafa and MA has done their dirty work for them bu pulling the plug.

    or

    2. They rehire Rafa and instantly become Toon heroes.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Nice positive update from Justin Allen. He’s been quiet recently, but I wonder if his contact has told him to lay off as he/she was getting some heat.

    I refuse to believe this is the most elaborate wind-up the World has ever seen. I mean, if this was all smoke and mirrors it would have to be up there with the guy who sold Tower Bridge to the Yanks. People would be talking about it for generations.

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  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon rich your basket is 4 josalus ..just saying

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t be suprised if it’s Ashley behind these ‘positive’ updates from the Sun….just to screw us even more

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Stay positive lads!

    Right I’m off for a sweet sherry with some married bird from Gosforth, hoping she’ll spill something.

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  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    So far it’s looking like it was a good toss to lose for Aussies .
    Seamers have been unlucky so far come on woody

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  • Sheikh Rafa

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    ToonRich

    Aren’t you better filling your basket with something like all the Liverpool home shirts, as tieing up the sale of snooker tables, although high in value, won’t have much of an impact on sales as 12ft snooker tables sales and demand will be very low.

    Tents on the other hand, with Glastonbury this weekend, is another story.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    There is no dressing it up Mike Ashley has pushed out an elite European manager and overtly shown that he does not have any ambition for the football club.

    Who would want to become the replacement manager in this scenario?

    The club will struggle to appoint anybody prior to the beginning of the season leaving the preseason in tatters and adding a huge financial burden to pay for a mercenary coach. The owner has again made another short sighted decision and we will be the ones to pay for it.

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  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Dubai I hope you mean about the takeover mate. Obviously that’s the most important thing at the minute

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    We are either going to get a new owner and be fighting for the top four albeit without benitez, or we are going to go down. I don’t know about you guys but I’m praying its option one.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Of course mighty wyn.

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  • Yorkgeordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    BBC news just said Raineri (spelling?) interested in job

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    SR, thats why I asked regarding the snooker tables. I wasnt sure if it was value we were after or stock. I see that shirt stock would make more sense in this case 😀

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  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Sadly there are any number of has beens and never will be managers who will be forming a queue right this minute.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    The job actually is a pretty good one though OFD, thanks mainly to what Rafa has done for us, so there surely will be some good managers interested.

    We have a solid squad, there is 60 million to spend plus outgoings, a great stadium and great support and if Rafa’s salary is anything to go by, a decent wedge for taking it on.

    Rafa wanted more than Ashley was willing or able to give, or simply had enough of him, but someone good can still come in and continue where Rafa left off, if Ashley has the will to go after him.

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  • kev1664

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    I was thinking that sheikh Rafa. Who are the stopping from buying snooker tables. I’m guessing they probably sell about 300 a year, what’s keeping 2499 in a basket gonna do.

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  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Sheik Rafa.
    Yes I did similar after the staverley fiasco and managed to hold every Spurs(they were looking good to win the league back then) shirt in large mens in the uk for a 4 day period .
    Every little helps .
    If we can just coordinate it to hit the site all at once it should crash .
    So come on get off the camel and on ya lap top 🙂

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  • MickyZee

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m possibly being a bit unrealistic here but the BZG have never stated that they wanted Rafa as manager, they’ve never said they don’t either, but is it possible that they have wanted Rafa out before they take over so Ashley gets the back lash rather than them

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  • Toonbean

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    I am buying a lot of Toon shirts with Rafa on the back.

    Interesting some of the items you can buy a lot of and some only one

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  • Big Archie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    “I can’t report anything more than that I am afraid. I know how frustrating this must be for all”

    Does his wording tell us he can’t report any more than that because he doesn’t know, or that he knows but isn’t allowed to say anything?

    If he wasn’t a journalist trying to drum up hits I would have taken that as bit of a pep talk for the fans from somebody who knows somethings about to happen.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Just fed up of no news been aslmost a month of guess work from fans and journalists because our club doesnt give a monkeys about the fans under the fat disease, i think ive already come to accept it will end in disaster because it involves the fat greedy narcissist and im so used to nothing good coming from anything involving him. Hate the man with a passion.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Under Rafa, very incrementally and slowly we were starting to resemble a professionally run football club.

    Ashleys ” responsible, structured and self sustaining” policy, only seems to sustain Ashley and does the bare minimum for the club in terms of commercial income or any other revenue stream. Imagine what that £150M Ash lost on Debenhams could have done for us. How there is no FA enquiry into Ashley’s business practices beggars belief.

    The mask really slipped on Catchy when he said Pulis (the high priest of anti football) was a better coach than Rafa. If that doesn’t confirm Catchy as a mackem wum, what does.

    I think if no takeover and with Rafa gone, it becomes a matter of principles whether you keep turning up at SJP. This is a soul-less club in name only under Ashley. That said, if worse comes to worse and no takeover, of all the people linked, Arteta could be potentially quite exciting and would keep the Spanish speaking contingent (mainly Almiron and Perez) happy. Wish we had kept Merino too.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Ranieri – no thanks. Past his sell by date.

    Anyway we have a Manager called Rafa Benitez who is still under contract until 30th June.

    After that he may still be our Manager under new owners.

    Don’t leave the building yet team Rafa you have legal rights.

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  • BENNY 10

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Starting to worry if the conflicting chronicle reports that Ashley has yet to receive an official bid are true and we are no where near a takeover.

    Also is there any concrete information on the other two bid/offers on the table? I feel like we had the BZG revelations and as it has gone on one day these two bids were added to the mix without any substantial new developments.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    I think the squad is Ok and will stay up with a couple of additions. Somebody said Ashley will cash in on Almiron. I doubt that, he will be worth a lot more after another season.

    We will probably have Dawson/Redfearn as caretakers until after the China trip. I just cannot see any movement on a new Manager until there is a clearer picture on the possible takeover.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    to say i’am pissed off at the moment is a understatement …

    TOON22 give over with your gloating will you GFY…

    all you TOON22 lovers give your heeds a shake stop ” hearting him” you lot do the same GFY’s…

    NEWCASTLE UNITED is still my team always has been always will be …

    i have seen some shite go on at wor club over the years but this is getting worse with every breath Fat Ash takes . he looks for new ways to screw us over year in year out .

    i was hopeful we were getting took over but it looks like its dead in the water …

    anyway rant over …

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #34

    kev1664 @23, I get that…as said, I wasnt sure if holding items would somehow tie up the value of the item!! I made sense in my head for a few mins. I see the error in my ways now!

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  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Dubai, that’s a hell of a journey for a ‘sweet sherry’?? Nudge nudge wink wink, say no more gufaw gufaw gufaw

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    To add to Bills son’s list, it could be to test the waters of fan reaction assuming BZG want to bring in their own man, but also want the fans 100% onside. The previous press spate of Mourinho to replace Rafa stories got a fairly ‘positive’ response on the blogosphere in that most would take losing Rafa if it meant getting rid of Ashley. Yesterday’s reaction might have caused a rethink.
    It could also be more brinkmanship from Ashley in the negotiations. Will there be a meeting today????

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  • spb

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Didnt someone say on here yesterday that there will be another announcement today?

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  • BENNY 10

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #38

    @geordietom

    If toon22 is proven right he deserves credit like. I think the people hearting him are starting to come down off the cloud and accept the potentially grim reality that he has been trying to bring us back to throughout this ordeal haha

    If we had of listened to him from the get go we may not be so disappointed now that it looks like it may fall apart. When BZG made the second statement a takeover looked a CERT. Much respect to him for seeing the extent of Ashley’s treachery through all that.

    Hope he’s wrong though

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  • magscar

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    No upfates on alleged meetng as yet. If there is indeed to be one Press don’t know – but what’s hew

    More well intended calls for fan action without any clue as to how to achieve it apart from the statement itself – Yeah we all get it.

    At least Genjkai on night shift did say he had got in touch with someone at The Magpie Group with a view ( with Ed’s permission?) to communicating their strategy and action they intend. Credit where credit’s due

    That’s how to move things forward – will it make any differnece? I don’t know but it’s got to be better than the usual “do this do that ” which makes poster feel empowered and nothing else

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  • TyneMouth

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #40

    So good old Ashley is taking the flak for the loss of Benitez!

    Such a kind and considerate gentleman.

    You couldn’t make it up!

    ….Sorry, someone did, and it’s trending on this blog!

    Stop it now!!!

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