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Statement On Takeover Really Needs To Happen Soon



Earlier today, we had reported about Peter Redding’s positive tweet about the BZG takeover.

The tweet was intriguing in that Peter Redding made mention of a pending statement in the next few days.

The Shields Gazette have also put out a report on that tweet but added some additional information.

Liam Kennedy in the Shields Gazette writes about the coming statement:

The Gazette understands that could even be as soon as tomorrow. The content of the statement, which has already been drafted, is not known, though.

It could be in connection with the story over the weekend from the Mirror, that Sheikh Khaled’s group had an influence on the decision to allow Benitez to leave.

While this is not definitive information, it does add some context to the information provided by Redding.

Where Kennedy writes that the statement is already drafted sticks out to us. While it does not appear that it is alluding to a done deal at all, it could be a clarification of the progress being made.

But why if it is already drafted is it being held?

Liam follows that bit of information with some conjecture that it may regard the unverified news that Sheikh Khaled’s group had an influence over Rafa’s departure.

It could be a professional courtesy for the Bin Zayed Group to wait until Rafa is confirmed as manager of Dalian Yifang before releasing any statement on him.

We just don’t know anything at this point. Or if this reported statement even exists.

Sheikh Khaled and Mike Ashley– someone please say something

Mike Ashley has gone back to radio silence after his announcement on Monday that Rafa was leaving. Just as he refused to make any comments about Rafa Benitez until his terse statement was released.

He has again gone back to no communication with the fans whatsoever. They have not released any information about who will be caretaker manager when the players return on July 4th or anything to do with a takeover.

Even Rafa Benitez confirmed in his interview with George Caulkin that the situation with the takeover had grown extremely troublesome.

This is what Rafa said in his interview in the Times:

“It was a big problem. In terms of my decision, I was waiting and I was asking for clarity and, like the fans, we didn’t know.

“Eventually, you have to decide. I could not continue in the same way, because I couldn’t see how to progress. It had to be clear to me — who was the owner, what would they do — and it wasn’t clear at any time.”

We really hope that the Bin Zayed group make a statement this week. We know we will get nothing from Mike Ashley, who even left Rafa Benitez in the dark.


124 comments so far

  • thereallowickmag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #81

    Here’s my thoughts. We all know how vindictive Ashley is. We all know he has no time whatsoever for Rafa. He hated Rafa because over the three years he has backed Ashley into a corner. Rafa has the whole Geordie nation behind him. He has ultimately forced Ashley into selling the club because there is no other way forward from here.
    I believe Ashley has agreed to the sale but wanted Rafa gone first. That’s how he works. That’s how vindictive he is. He hates Rafa.
    Once Rafa is announced in China watch this space.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #82

    That’s the one cheers jib

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #83

    What’s Rafa going to do about the dogs ?

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #84

    I think you might be bang on lowick, he’ll be pissing himself laughing at so many people cancelling their season tickets as well if he knows the deal is imminent. Horrible fat spiteful slug that he is

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #85

    I don’t think Ashley hated Rafa
    He was envious of his popularity
    and feared it would give him too
    much power at NUFC.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #86

    Well he obviously can’t take them. If they get out they’ll get eaten.

    Ok, ok, that’s a bit offside. A bit naughty.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #87

    The mixed message specialist
    from ITV
    Former Newcastle United Chairman Sir John Hall feels fans need to focus on getting behind a new manager and supporting the team into the new season.

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #88

    John Hall can fcuk off, the fans have always got behind the manager and team.

    Hes a cheeky cnut to suggest otherwise.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #89

    I don’t think Rafa thought it through well.
    A one year roller with a walk out anytime
    option , would , in the fullness of time ,had
    Ashley by the stotts.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #90

    I’m sure Sir John Halls would say, and also many others, that a poor season could easily put paid to a sale, and relegation certainly will, which makes the whole boycott or support the team and not the regime something of an intractable problem.

    The whole fan base are appalled by Ashley, but how best to be shot of him?

    At some point though you really have to draw a line in the sand though, and we’ve surely crossed it.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #91

    Nicky the ball tosser
    Not that naughty .sad but true.
    Don’t ever watch anything around yulan dog festival (rickie gervais protests a lot about it) .
    Makes you question the human race

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #92

    Maybe at 59 Rafa just couldn’t be arsed with
    the shit any more

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  • thereallowickmag

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #93

    Jib
    I see what you’re saying. I think for the sale of the club it’s better Rafa didn’t agree to a 1 year deal as Ashley would of just let another club sale slip and take the tv money for another year knowing someone else will want to buy us next year.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #94

    In a future scenario if Rafa does a Manuel Pellegrini
    (he was at Hebei China Fortune for 21 months)
    and return like a messiah from the East , it may well be
    an NUFC under new ownership that sees his return.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #95

    Other than the very handsome check i still dont get why a guy who lives and breathes the game and its culture would go to china ?and i recall at one point we were saying” don’t worry he wont leave us and go to Brighton ..it’s to far from the wirral” lol
    I had him down for the mastella .psg or back to serie A.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #96

    To use a very popular Spanish analogy
    (from Hernan Cortes in Mexico)
    Rafa has been very careful not to burn his boats
    with the Geordies.

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  • c-dog

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #97

    Rafa made Ashley millions reducing the wage bill, little net transfer spend and was the sole reason for us maintaining our pl status.

    Mike Ashley loves money

    Mike Ashley loved Rafa

    Make Ashley loves money more than Rafa

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  • captainmarvel

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #98

    Just joined the trust as a lifetime member nearly 7500 membership now..
    The more the membership increases the bigger the voice…

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #99

    I’ve been to China twice. The first time was in the early 80’s, and without any mandarin, the only way to order in a restaurant was to wander around and point at someone else’s meal, particularly in the countryside.

    Pretty sure I dined out none the wiser on dog, snake and even rodent once or twice – monkey, bear, who know’s?

    The beer was pretty good, I remember that, and so was the crispy duck, at least I think it was duck.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #100

    China is a good fit for Benitez. The lucrative elephant’s graveyard for players and managers who are not quite up to it at the elite level in Europe any more, but retain some cachè in an immature market based on past achievements.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #101

    If you look at Dalian’s squad
    https://www.transfermarkt.com/dalian-aerbin/kader/verein/33304
    It has few foreign devils (2) and lots of Chinese internationals (all age groups)
    As someone suggested Rafa and his coaching team could be there
    more to bring on their national team rather than for League success

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #102

    Ha ha ha just shot the Mackem cynic (Frenchman) down in flames

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #103

    That should have appeared as “cachet” @#100.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #104

    Really Jib? Who amongst the current top managers in Europe do you envisage moving to China in a hurry?

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #105

    Frenchman they’ve got their man
    China is only allowed one team in the WC

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #106

    Juan Carlos Osorio the Paraguay manager said he couldn’t
    believe the improvement in Almiron’s all round game in just
    a few short months.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #107

    Seriously, I think it’s a good move for him and yes, good for their football into the bargain.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #108

    Dalian Wanda are the parent company owning Dalian Yifang.
    The business has assets of 700 billion Yuan and revenues of $35billion.
    Seriously into sport they previously owned 20% of Athletico Madrid and are moving into overseas property as the property market in China stalls.

    Ashley wants to grow Sports Direct in Asia and China.
    Wanda want to be in the UK-London property market.
    NUFC are sponsored by Fun888.

    Surely Rafa and the coaches are just over there to meet the new owners of NUFC for some Induction Training before flying home back to the UK in the homecoming to the tune of “Ahm coming home Newcastle” in a cavalcade procession over the Tyne Bridge on magnificient white arab stallions ( to keep BZK sweet )

    Well ok it was a nice idea while it lasted.
    “Nurse, nurse have you anymore of those happy sweeties ….”

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #109

    Sorry it was Eduardo Berizzo in an interview with Spanish ESPN

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  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #110

    I had a feeling there was no turning back when Churnley accredited the promotion and two “good” seasons to the training facilities. The pair of them sat with Rafa and looked him in the eye and presented the vision of a grand new training facility to persuade him to stay, they must have discussed this fraud before speaking to Rafa, they had absolutely no plans to follow through with the idea. Liars and con men!!!

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #111

    Lochinvar
    Careful they steal your trousers while your asleep

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #112

    Well it works for me – the dream that is, not the meds. Prefer a real ale and chaser.

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #113

    you’re – in case Ron is lurking

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #114

    no – your was right

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #115

    Jib – do you never sleep ?
    More posts this morning than I can read.
    Where’s me trossers ?

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #116

    Jail
    You are doing Rafa a disservice saying he was duped
    He’s way smarter than that
    At just about every club he’s been at , the owners were shitbags

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #117

    Jib@106. Extraordinary. Your standard of play improves by moving to the Premier League from #hicksvillesoccerusa – who would have thought it? Anyway, I’m off, 5pm here – happy hour at the local.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #118

    I think a season in China is a perfect way for Rafa to decompress from the frustration of dealing with Ashley’s bullish!t for 3+ years and the pressures of competing in Premier League. It will be like a one year sabbatical to travel, see an interesting part of the world and collect an enormous check (though I think that was never Rafa’s main goal). Take some time away from the EPL, clear your head out and see what develops. Rafa could very well end up back on Tyneside in a year or two!

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #119

    No posts from me from 10 pm until 7 am
    I keep proper hours – that’s why I’m so bright
    and alert
    😛

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  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #120

    I never thought I would say this about lassies footy
    but
    I’m quite looking forward to the ladies WC semi tonight

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