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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

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #41

    Strangely Atletico’s Wanda Stadium is named
    after their owners Wanda Dalian who also own
    Rafa’s new club Dalian Yifang
    Wanda is worth £70billion
    A cynic or conspiracy theorist could surmise
    that Rafa may have been tapped up when he
    attended the CL final in the Estadio Wanda

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #42

    That goal from Perez? Miles offside ffs. 🙂

  • Swlabr

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #43

    First, I won’t be at the Arse game. 2nd I’m most certainly not pro Ash, I abhor the bugger. and 3rd, this is a serious question to satisfy my own curiosity.
    How many supporters is the boycott message getting to? If only this blog then it is only getting to numbers in the hundreds and needs to be taken, somehow, to a regional audience.Have the Magpie Group or NUST any strategies planned which will connect with supporters in the 10s of thousands?
    Like i say I’m not sceptical about any bloggers who advocate action, I’m with it, 100%, I just wonder how many are getting the message.

  • giimps

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #44

    The old no proof of funds malarkey , yet he expects us to believe he “let Rafa go” because BZG didn’t want him, would he do that if the proof of funds were not shown, would he do that if the so called exclusivity had not been agreed…..no he wouldn’t , unless he either had no intention of giving any ground to Rafa and he’s keeping the. Club ,or he’s doing what he has been asked (which he wouldn’t do unless he was certain none of the buyers wanted Rafa) and the club is sold in all but name (which is soon to be announced)………either way I am starting to get a bit tetchy as the season draws nearer with no players, no manager, no new owners and the 3 best things about our survival last season allowed to walk away……great work you fat slut moron

  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #45


    The platinum has changed many seasons ago mate.The seats owned by Weighman engineering use to be all St owners now all day trippers or casual frequenters.
    Hopefully now change is near as it’s becoming quite clear we are being f@cked over yet again.Same procedure as last summer only this time it just seems like fans are finally singing on the same hym sheet for once

  • kimbo

    Jul 6, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #46

    Just been for a walk from Cullercoats to Tynemouth and no sign of a new strip. 20 years ago every kid would have one.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 6, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #47
  • magscar

    Jul 6, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #48


    I think there is still a potential sale hovering about.

    What we do know is

    – Rafa is definitely gone

    – we have no coaching staff other than Goalkeeping coach

    – players have returned and being trained temporarily by Director of coaching and U23 coach ( or what ever theri titles are.

    – Club are due to jet out to China for a tour ( which is likely to be Ashleys doing not Rafa’s)

    – ST renewals are down

    So even by this club’s standards we are in a big avoidable mess!

    I find myself pondering so why the seeming lack of reaction beyond the expected “we are looking for a manager ” and Charnely has been in Europe speaking to people.

    Looking at it from” is there a sale still in touching distance” I find that either side could look on the hiatus as being beneficial to their side of negotiations – Ashley thinking that it gives him leverage on getting any sticking points like merchandising and advertising resolved to his satisfaction. BZG thinking that growing unrest and possibilty of them pulling out will focus Ashley’s mind on having to deal with all the additional fallout so better to get it done sooner.

    Of course the seeming lack of activity might be an acceptable side effect of having to finalise ongoing negotiations then deal with manager and player recruitment. Perez i think falls into a unique position where he has been wanting to go. apparently has a release clause activated and both sides albeit for diferent reasons are not concerned at letting him go. Other sales such as Shelvey, Longstaff in this period would alarm me more.

    Ok so on other hand there is no sale ( doesn’t matter if never was or has just collapsed) well we are in a mess of Ashley’s making and seemingly no Plan B even though they knew weren’t going to bow to Rafa’s red lines and he wasn’t for shifting

    How does he resolve this with growing reaction to Rafa’s departure which will get worse in direct proportion to any more mistakes ?

    Does he look at Pardew/McClaren clone and chuck money at new incumbent as happened with latter in last crisis? Clearly to everyone that didn’t work – relegation and then fan reaction only avoided by Rafa’s approach at 11th hour and then staying as implored by fans.

    My guess is (if no sale ) they are looking for a viable manager with a CV who whilst not perhaps capturing the minds of those already giving up can stem the tide and give him an enhanced budget ( which will of course be a one-off never to be repeated gesture) and hope to draw in fans if a good start to season.

    Still thinking there is no sale of course – then that is where the ( unforeseen by Ashley) problem has arisen – we are AR (after Rafa) and those who might make fans think wow he’s not bad or even be impressed by, are not going to take the poisoned chalice when it is now abundantly clear that they are being sought by a club with at best limited ambition and ever present unrest

    Looking below that level to some who just want PL or a restart to their failed careers then Ashley/ Charnley or whoever is advising them must realise that this is a massive gamble and almost certain to fail. They will not be given usual welcome and ” lets give him a break)” reception but will be targeted by fans, atmosphere will start poisinous and just get worse as atmosphere also effects players. Players will become disenchanted and an unstoppable slide to relegation will once again appear without brakes.

    A JFK type safe pair of hand only works with crowd even token acceptance – anything less will ba as above but even quicker.

    I am just trying to fathom out why we have this inertia because I simply don’t buy “Ashley likes messing with us” ( doesn’t mind if he does) this is an asset to him ( seemingly valued at £350M by him) and his actions can devalue that quickly and significantly.

    Wouldn’t matter right now of course if not intending to sell ( share values as an example also go up and down and it only matters if you are selling and buying at a particular tiem) but he would once again have to rebuild value ( 2 relegations will have shown him that) so when he does want/need to sell he will want top dollar

    For those who view Ashley in simple terms I see that it is obvious to them what is happening and they may well be right but I currently think we have another week or so ( maybe stretching a bit if sale it is) before something has to give – sale or New manager – surely it’s not in either a buyer or seller’s interests to allow current situation to stagnate further.

    Glass needs a top up to half full again I think 🙂

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 6, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #49

    We do not want someone paying over the odds and giving FCB cheap advertising. We need them to be able to grow income streams and have funds to invest in facilities and squad. They must play hardball with this bully. And fans must not renew tickets as this is the only leverage we have and he needs to know that selling is his best and only option. If you’d told fans 12 years ago what they would have to endure during this time, don’t you think we’d have forced him out by now. I don’t want another season with him never mind another 12. Might not be around. It has to be now! And I have not renewed.


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