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Before BZG There Was Orlegi Sports – Whatever Happened To Them?



Before there was any mention of the Bin Zayed Group towards the end of May, there was a little known group called Orlegi Sports who were linked to a takeover of Newcastle.

Reports initially surfaced in the Chronicle in early May that the Mexican-based group was interested in purchasing a Premier League team. They had just bought a controlling stake in Liga MX side FC Atlas earlier in the year and were looking to expand their operations to Europe.

The Chronicle did a report on May 7th linking the group’s interest in Europe specifically to Newcastle United. It was widely rubbished at the time, but a follow-up report was done on May 22nd adding an air of legitimacy to the initial reporting.

This is what the president of Orlegi Sports, Alejandro Irarragorri, said at the time:

“For us we have seen opportunities in Mexico, we have seen opportunities in the United States, and we have seen opportunities in Europe, and right now we are evaluating which are the best opportunities to generate value.

“There are many things, if I told you about the seven options we have at the table – they are all very interesting, and we are evaluating them.”

Nothing substantial was reported again on the group. It was only a few days later, a report in the Sun would lead to the summer of BZG and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Chronicle have followed up with some comments that Alejandro Irarragorri made to ESPN recently:

“We were completely looking towards Europe. Last year, we were very close to achieving a purchase in the Premier League.

“Our group was not of sufficient size to proceed with that purchase. We ended the contract with Azteca, and at that time, I went to eat with Ricardo Salinas to thank him. In that, he offers me to sell myself to the Atlas and then we understood this as a great opportunity.”

It looks like the original Orlegi Sports link had some legitimacy to it. However, it appears that they did not have sufficient resources to complete a deal.


90 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 5, 2019 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #41

    That way, when in possession (hopefully nearer 50% rather than 30%), we can push with the front 6 of St Max Longstaff Schar Atsu
    Almiron
    Joelinton

    Not a chance of me getting this right LOL

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 5, 2019 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #42

    A bit of amusement on a Saturday morning for you:-

    https://www.facebook.com/sirbobbyspiritofthetoon/posts/1816945971784942

    Steve Bruce at weddings, someone has way too much time on their hands.

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  • Genjikai

    Oct 5, 2019 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #43

    Funny that brucie at weddings

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #44

    “”A screeching U-turn has been implemented before Manchester United’s visit on Sunday.””

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/oct/04/steve-bruce-accepts-newcastle-limitations-focus-defence

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  • Reilly

    Oct 5, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #45

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10069509/bruce-newcastle-players-lack-pace/

    “The players are used to playing a certain way” – That’s a pathetic excuse for the shite show of a season so far. He inherited a defensively solid, well-drilled mid table side.

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #46

    Reilly
    That’s a pathetic excuse for the shite show of a season so far. He inherited a defensively solid, well-drilled mid table side

    Which pathetically surrendered to Leicester feeling sorry for themselves after Hayden’s red card

    Even the most passionate Bruce hater cannot lay that entirely at SB’s door surely ?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #47

    Steve Bruce as a:
    Geordie – should have recognised the local feeling about the club
    Footballer – should have recognised the strengths and weaknesses of the squad
    Manager – should have recognised the lack of investment from the owner

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  • Reilly

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #48

    50/50 jib.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #49

    The game at Leicester was acculmination of Bruce trying to implement his own way of playing, the result was an indication of his inability to motivate his players and drill the players with the tactics he wanted. “Its not working” was a red flag to the forth coming red card.

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #50

    Bruce pulled Muto pulled and brought on Ki

    It was still a 4 – 4 – 1 we should have stayed in the game much longer

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #51

    Lindisfarne
    Stick to sniping at the ownership
    There’s guys talking footy here

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #52

    I see Reilly, me but where is the other ‘guy’?

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #53

    See
    Lindisfarne you are on safer ground making sarky comments
    rather than revealing , when it comes to footy you ain’t got a clue.

    You are in good company on here mind.

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #54

    Rather worrying that a player revealed that under Rafa they did
    no sprint work worth the name.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #55

    And do you know the reason behind that?

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #56

    I was willing to give Bruce a chance as I will with any manager who comes into the club (apart from previous donkeys such as FSA). You cannot accept players not knowing what position they are in during a game. Formations being changed frequently with no particular pattern. Players look unmotivated and not willing to put in the type of effort we saw last season. The whole team is a shambles at the moment and Bruce needs to go.

    Ashley out! Bruce out!

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  • Reilly

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #57

    Which player said that jib

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #58

    Rafa said that, not a player

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #59

    A typical Jibberism
    ”Due to Callum Wilson’s loss of form( two months with out with an ankle injury, mom performance before and first game back after the injury) and the 4-4-1-1 Bournemouth play (they were 4-4-2 for 90% of games, 4-4-1-1 shown on about three games on Sky results and formations) there should be fireworks down the left today. And this man has the nerve to tell people they don’t know what they’re talking about, a charlatan if there ever was one.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #60

    When you haven’t really got anyone quick or the tactics that require it, what exactly would “sprint work” be anyway? A means by which to increase the chances of training injuries possibly? I can see how stamina would be preferred over it though. I don’t think anyone who could run in the squad would be slowed down by lack of “sprint work”.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #61

    Bruce said you down’t get two or three years to implement your style these deys, you have to be instant.
    Thank gawd for that Steve.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #62

    So we have giveaways, “competitions” and all sorts of incentives for tickets, players urging fans to attend, I’m sure there would have been more at this fixture anyway but it looks like Ashley is hoping to fire his big guns at the mostly passive protest by announcing a £50k turnout. I’m hoping we can nick a win and maybe help OGS on his way ha ha but that would of course be the icing on Mike’s cake, it would make Bruce look like he’d turned things around – well for this week anyway.

    I think it could turn out to be a honeymoon week but back to normal at Stamford bridge. Of course if it is a small crowd and we get stuffed, oh dear. 😐

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #63

    *( two months out with an ankle injury, mom performance before and first game back after the injury)

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #64

    What’s Steve Bruce’s style? Jumping ship for a big wage gig?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 5, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #65

    Jib your comment @50 was just pure bitchiness. Nothing wrong with Lindisfarne a opinion there but you just go on defending Mike and his pet pig.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #66

    50,000 for tomorrows game is my prediction, there’s around 3,000 left at the minute, chuck in a few freebies and it’ll be a virtual (as in tickets “sold”) full house.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #67

    DubaiMicky
    looks like all of level 7 has gone to Man U and extra corporate was also opened up to them also,

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #68

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/inside-rafa-benitez-newcastle-united-13725897.amp

    This article doesn’t say it, but you get the impression that Bruce doesn’t do as much. But somewhere in the early articles you will find Rafa saying that rather than doing purely fitness training ie. sprints, he prefers players to be on the ball, improving both confidence in their footwork and energy levels. Sprints were for the medical dept.

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  • Reilly

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #69

    Craig Hope
    @CraigHope_DM
    · 7m
    ‘I quickly worked out we didn’t have the players with the capability to play the way I’d envisaged’. Steve Bruce says he has no option but to revert to Rafa Benitez tactics because NUFC players can’t play his attacking football… https://dailym.ai/ios https://mol.im/a/7538969

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #70

    Would be refreshing if Bruce stopped blaming Rafa and everyone else a la Pardew, for his own failures and shortcomings. I guess bruce thinks by constantly slagging off Rafa he gains brownie points with Ashley.
    Some right thnking people realise that rafa had to at times play the way he did due to the hand he was given. Soon changed up when Almiron came in and got Perez and Rondon firing.

    But bruce, like someone else on here is like a stuck record and can’t see that.

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #71

    Anyone who believes this takeover rubbish needs their head examining – just more PR , it’s clear Kenyon has no money and GACP are only advisory rather than putting up cash – pathetic

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #72

    i think even the meanest intelligence would work out that sprints induce more injuries and is just old skool army type routines along with the long runs and medicine balls that bruce favours. some people think they know better than an elite coach world class coach who was formerly a P.E teacher and probably knows a thing or 2 wouldn’t you say. Some absolute banana heads on here, 2 in particular.

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #73

    Bruce is an idiot, how does coming out to the press saying players can’t play attaching football motivate them … Trying to deflect criticism of himself by blaming the players for the type of football we play …

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #74

    mindshaft

    I don’t think you’ll find any argument there.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #75

    did it all the time at Villa its never Steve Bruce’s fault !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #76

    Our problems on field with Bruce stem from him not being brave or confident. He was told he was getting a shit show, I doubt he realised quite how much.

    However, no way should anyone be trying to excuse the players for being gutless and giving up at Leicester.

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  • geordietom

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #77

    TOON22 …

    youv’e got some neck calling me a nutcase , after reading through last nights comments . in one of your posts you said we are not in the EPL and then at the bottom of the same post you say we are in the EPL …

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #78

    People seem to just brush over that Bruce took over a very poor Villa and vastly improved them until he had personal problems. Their drop in form under him comes just after.

    Has anyone got a picture of Bruce, an NuFC player and a medicine ball? I see that being thrown about against him regularly, but haven’t seen it.

    He might not be a Premier league manager, but in the same way Ashley is bad for Newcastle, just fabricating stuff hurts, rather than helps, your argument.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #79

    Fat lads plan is working. Getting bent nose Bruce in to take the flak.

    He’s loving this.

    Killing a snake requires removing the head!

    Ashley out!!!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #80

    Shirebrook,
    That seems a pretty accurate assessment.

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