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Report – This Group In London Around The Time Of Ashley Meeting

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that Mike Ashley met with a pair of unnamed Mexican businessmen last week about a possible takeover of Newcastle United.

The article reports that the meeting ended rather contentiously and abruptly with the two businessmen not able to come near meeting Ashley’s demands.

It also says that they pair were inspired by the movie Goal; which tells the story of Mexican youth Santiago Munoz, who earns a trial and then a place in Newcastle’s first-team.

In May, there were reports that Mexican-based Orlegi Sports were interested in purchasing Newcastle United. However, that all died down once the Sun broke their BZG story a few weeks later.

Just this month the president of Orlegi Sports, Alejandro Irarragorri, made the following comments to ESPN:

“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.”

The Chronicle have just reported that Alejandro Irarragorri was in London earlier this month to attend a Leaders Week conference.

It’s interesting that Irarrogorri was in London around the time of the reported meeting with Ashley. However, the Chronicle are making it known that they have not verified that the two businessmen were from Orlegi Sports.

The Chronicle also notes that attempts to get further information from Newcastle about the meeting were met with no comment.

We are not sure there is much to this story. Orlegi Sports, by their own admission, don’t seem to have the resources to takeover Newcastle. It may be a case where Mike Ashley met with the group but became frustrated when they pressed him to lower his asking price.

We just don’t know. It may have even been two other Mexican businessmen unrelated to Orlegi Sports.

We are still holding out hope that Peter Kenyon and GACP Sports can secure the funds to takeover Newcastle. However, we will not get our hopes up.

Right now, we’ll just try to focus on the positives at the club. While there are not many, it’s all we have at the moment.

10 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll believe any takeover when I see it happen, not before. 7 times bitten, forever shy.

    Carltoon, me and you will keep them right.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2


    Are you saying that Charnley would interfere in Bruce’s team selection? Or are you joking?

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    jib, not sure how I missed the point of analogy – fans are girlfriend, fattys the boyfriend who gives what he thinks is right whilst girlfriend expects something else and they both hate each other – only solution is for it to end , rather simple really.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    And we’ll be signing Speedy Gonzales, arriba andale!

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Hadn’t realised when posting about the spine of the team that today is the anniversary of our 5-0 win vs Man U, which of course featured that exact spine with two of them (Shearer and Albert) scoring.

    That was when beating Man U was actually an achievement of note!


  • posada

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m saying the signing of Joelinton was driven by a mystery person.
    The plan. He goes on to be worth 100M and is then sold.
    That plan can’t work if he is not playing.
    Consequently he is too big to fail.
    Until it becomes so bad he has to be left out.

    Doubt if that person is Charnley.
    Certainly not a joke. It’s tragic.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Listen worm, why can’t ditch the snivelling whiny fans and just use the mannequins on match days.

    So where will you get your money from boss.

    Same place I always got it from of course, my mate Rupert!

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    posada – highly unlikely Bruce is told who to play, he does not have final say on transfers which is common knowledge ( and one of the sticking points they had with Rafa who did).

    I think as a spine we have Dubs, Lascelles (or Lejeune), Schar , think we need to sign a good creative midfielder.
    Every game I’ve seen live this season Linton has been poor, he clearly isn’t a lone striker. Carroll is someone to have in the box to get on the end of a decent cross, which are becoming rare events , Almiron seems lost and ASM whilst exciting has no assistance from Linton or anyone else so invariably runs into 2 opposing players and nobody to pass to. Whole team is disjointed on attacking formation so invariably comes to nothing and Bruce stands on touchline with arms crossed.
    There basically seems to be no plan b and plan a is defend for your life.
    Simple fact is that Bruce is a symptom of the main cause, sacking him to be replaced by another non-entity of a manager will not result in change of fortunes.

  • mactoon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9


    We bought two good creative midfielders in Joelinton and Almiron, unfortunately Bruce doesn’t know how to use them.

  • JohnJ

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Ring Ring – Ring Ring

    Err Hello

    Is that Mr Charley?


    Is it true that Mr Ashley had a meeting with some Mexican business men about a takeover?

    Erm No comment

    Brrrr dead line.

    All attempts to get further information from Newcastle about the meeting were met with no comment!

    Surprise – Surprise 🙂


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