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A Week Of Competing Tweets, No Statements, And No Clarity On Newcastle Takeover

Early this week after Peter Redding tweeted that BZG were “buoyant” and had a statement ready in the next few days, the Shields Gazette followed up and seemed to verify this reporting.

The Shields Gazette put out an article with the following information:

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.

The statement never came, however, that same day Khalid Al Qasimi was found deceased in his London apartment. The CNN article had this about the son of Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi:

Funeral prayers were held for Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi on Wednesday as the emirate announced three days of mourning, with flags flying at half staff.

The death of a member of the UAE royal family could possibly have had an affect on the timing of any statement from the Bin Zayed Group.

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder then reported that no bid has been made after being questioned on Twitter about why the Chronicle won’t report any updates on the takeover.

That tweet was followed up by Peter Redding yesterday with the following:

To which Sky Sports’ Peter Downie responded with these two tweets:

Liam Kennedy of the Shields Gazette had also followed up on his reporting earlier in the week with these two tweets:

It seems to us that the journalists have been pushed into two separate camps and it depends on who their sources are. Peter Redding and Liam Kennedy appear to be getting their information from sources close to BZG. While Lee Ryder and Keith Downie seem to be getting their information from the club, and that would mean Mike Ashley.

This is the worrying part of this whole ordeal. All evidence points to the Bin Zayed Group trying to buy Newcastle from a very unwilling and cunningly deceitful Mike Ashley. He just does not want to sell the club or is continually moving the goalposts on BZG.

This situation is being dragged out and Newcastle United supporters are stuck in a purgatory of continual letdown. Like Sisyphus pushing his rock with great effort and hope each day only to have the boulder fall back down the hill again.

Each day we push our rock of hope up our hill of despair, with a chorus of competing journalist in the background, only for the day to end with our hope crashing back to earth and taking us with it.

49 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    No comment

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2


    How many times, a partial boycott is no good, or only going in after 11 minutes or half time or anything less than a full boycott. No it has to be all or nothing, no more watered down half hearted nonsense. Let sky see an empty stadium and that will go global. Just stop giving Ashley your money for anything. Other clubs’ fans would have acted a lot sooner and not let it get to 13 years misery and counting.

  • toon22

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Just 5 more none sale Friday/ Monday s to go before the season kicks off

    Do we even know if they are going to the pre season tournament?

    No manager in sight

    No comment

    Utter shambles

  • ToonMatt

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    For the love of God, Just please buy us and rid us of this parasite!!!!!!!

  • geordietom

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    why would the F/A and NUFC tell keith downie whats going on they would’nt . more /B/S from the gutter press …

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Now I’m not going to tell anyone not to attend a match, I haven’t for 5 years and will not go again until the Tapeworm leaves.

    A proper boycott has not been tried though, so surely it makes sense.

    As for it damaging the team, is fans staying away any more damaging than having no ambition at all or selling anyone there’s a profit and replacing them with worse players?

    Boycott Arsenal

  • naptoon

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    I hate twatter. A place for know nowts to pretend they know owt.

  • naptoon

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Tapeworm that should be fatsos blog monicker.

  • Sheikinho

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Takeover or no takeover… we need a manager And start buying players. Having a good Preseason is really important. Im so tired of this silence.. no information from the club And Nothing from potential buyers. This has to be sorted asap

  • beefman13

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    BZG state there is a bid on the table?
    I was led to believe it had been agreed and both party’s signed a completion, what outright fun it is supporting our club.

  • Sheikinho

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    But It is a month or more since there was an official statement from BZG. The bid was sent 17 april or something, It is almost 3 months since that. Something must have happend since that.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    A boycott for Arsenal has to at least be tried. For those who want to still go to games for whatever reason, are you unwilling to give up just one match? I guarantee at some point you’ll have had to miss a match for one reason or another. Why not unite together to send a message.

    Walking out at a certain point or walking in late aren’t enough – he still has your money, your attendance and nothing changes. A St James park with an attendance of less than 10,000 would create headlines, create losses of hundreds of thousands in match day revenue and send a message that we’re no longer standing idly by, that the apathy and the meek acceptance of living in perpetual medicority is done and we’re willing to take our club back.

    But it only happens if people can put aside their desire to support the club in order to help move us forward. Sometimes you have to say I love you but I can’t continue to support you without question. All you’re doing by attending is allowing this abuse to continue.

    Watch it on TV in a pub with friends, you don’t have to miss it completely, but just don’t be there, giving your money and support to Ashley.

  • naptoon

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Just going to put this out there… probably going out on a limb but dya think it’s possible we’ve been had by the tapeworm.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m gonna give u all clarification right here right now.

    We’re not getting taken over!!!!
    BZG are time wasters!!!!
    Liverpool were right about them all along!!!!

    Apart from that, business as usual!!!

  • naptoon

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Like every other buyer shadow, the tapeworm is the one common denominator in all the supposed sales.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Sir brave heart

    Spot on big man!

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know if this has already been suggested but how about a massive blimp of Ashley outside SJP.
    It would have to be suitably offensive for him not to just laugh it off as he now does with the FCB get out of our club chants and an apt slogan attached.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Trump was definitely affected by the blimps of him in London.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #19

    From previous thread… What’s wrong with Ryder saying price accepted but no bid? Does he just mean that the purchase price is agreed but the formal bid comes late in the process. Is that accurate? If so, why is he ‘getting his arse handed to him’?

  • Tongue in Sheikh

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree braveheart. Even those who have season tickets and are newcastle til i die. Keep your season ticket if you want to. Just skip that first game, and be united. We are odds on to lose anyways. Lets send a message to the world that we are sick of existing just to make up space. We want to compete, even if it continues to amount to no trophies. We just want our identity back

  • Genjikai

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Wor blimps

  • Tongue in Sheikh

    Jul 6, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Bid connotes that an offer has een made, which is the exact same thing as price accepted. For some reason Ryder thinks bid means a transfer of funds, but that is not the case. His language is confused and he is causing confusion with his flip flopping. That is why he is rightly being taken to account

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23


    It’s always possible that he can screw it up.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    if the price is agreed then they have essentially agreed on the last bid. Think bid /offer

  • c-dog

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25


  • beefman13

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    The club just need to tell eveyone if there is a bid ongoing at least, what the hell is the problem with that.

  • stan anderson

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Not sure the slug wants out really.
    He makes so much money from the club why would he.
    My 1st feelings were that he is going but the longer it’s dragging on the more I doubt it’s happening .
    We all know he is a cnut of the highest order and he has strung us all along on more than once.
    I really thought we had a future with Rafa guiding us,but I now doubt even his ambition for us.
    I am in my 68th year and am losing all hope with Ashlie running the club for profits only


  • Munster Mag

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Why wud bzg say they had provided proof of funds if they haven’t. This is what Downie is saying. Why wud Downie lie? Maybe bzg are pushing the ticket and running before they xan walk? There is no reason for Downie to lue, apart from just wanting to make things up for clicks, which wudnt appear to be his agenda, or Sky’s, to be fair.

  • Bambams

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I still think the delay is Ash would rather sell to Kenyon, I have no doubt Kenyon will be willing to give Ash Merch and Advertising contracts for a long time, in order to get his hands on the keys.

    Where I dont think BZG would be prepared to do this.

    There has to be a cut off date though where Kenyon is cut off and Ash ‘reluctantly ‘ accepts £350-380 million from BZG.

    BZG wont want to be blamed for causing the delay in the club signing players, Ash will jump all over that one. So I can see BZG also having a cut off date to allow ‘normality to return’ to the club on a daily basis ( even I am laughing as I type)

    Just dont know the date(s) which is killing us.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Frankly I think this’ll drag on till August, we appoint a cheap desperate manager and he has no time to really buy anyone till the window shuts.

    “There was money to spend we just didn’t have time to spend it” will be the message after a plan is well executed.

  • magscar

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Sir Braveheart

    You are correct but the difficulty is as acknowledged by the Magpie Group ( and I have said many times) is marshalling 50000 matchgors to act in unison.

    I put my faith in the Magpie Group when it was created last year as a coming together of various fans groups had to be the way forward and still do.

    Yet we still don’t seem to be in a situation where there is a persuasive spokesperson with access to the majority of ST holders matchgoers to seize the hearts and minds of the majority and move them into concerted action.

    What I do see are the individual actions of some on here who have arrived at their decision independantly (just as others have done so in previous seasons as and when their personal thresholds have been crossed) BUT there is clearly a growing tide than before.

    What is happening is we are now AF (after Rafa) and having seen what was actually possible and with sale no nearer or even on individuals have come to a personal decison at the same time as events have coincided. If no sale is stated by club then that can only rise uncordinately but nevertheless becoming more effective and having an impact but limited asnd slowly

    I see the role of Magpie Group in somehow latching on to the indiviual discontent and not let it dissipate after that decision is taken but turn the trickle of isolated decisions into a torrent of disatisfaction which sweeps up those thinking it makes no difference or need to be swayed to make that decision and even those who would rather go but bow to persuasion

    All of this is part I believe of what the Magpie Group is wrestling with and a public forum and platform which reaches beyond social media is desperately needed but is currently escaping everyone

    I don’t have an overall answer as I suspect the printed newspapers aren’t likley to be massively influential either but unless a channel can be established then the independant trickle may still grow and the dam that Rafa was singly holding up will be breached sooner or later.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Wonder if the local pubs would be willing to help support a boycott by offering cheap beer etc during the 90 mins of home games?

    Definitely would help promote boycotts and would bring business


  • kay

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #33

    dont think i will post on here anymore, getting accused of working for ashley, i will continue to read the blog however

  • AncientC

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Atletico Madrid have spent £113 million on Felix. As far back as 2013 Newcastle had higher revenues than Atletico, and that is taking into consideration all the revenues drained away from the club by Ashley.

    A very telling tale to see Atletico spending that kind of money on a player.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Coming together and boycotting the first home game as a united front to show the world we have had enough,Is all well and dandy.Yet we all know short term this will not effect change in any shape of form.

    It’s a start but nothing more than that

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #36

    anybody got a copy of the fans forum meeting were the club are alleged to have made this statement ??????


  • Bobbybee

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    After yesterday’s abuse I’ve decided I’m not going to boycott Arsenal after all.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Just kidding 😀

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #39

    from little acorns !!!!!

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Mikey says he has a bid on the table but without BZG’s proof of funds it’s just a bit of loo paper.

    No proof by tomorrow and Mikey says he officially call the deal off.


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