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Mike Ashley Cannot Kill This Opportunity For Newcastle United

With updates last night from Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves and this morning from George Caulkin on the Athletic’s podcast Pod On The Tyne, it’s seeming almost a certainty that the consortium led by Amanda Staveley with the backing of the Saudi Sovereign Wealth-Fund is legit.

That is despite what beIN Sports anchor and Ashley apologist Richard Keys maintains:

Last night on his Instagram account, Pete Graves asserted that Ashley does want to sell the club, and the deal is with his lawyers at the moment. While George Caulkin didn’t go that far on Pod On The Tyne, he did maintain that an agreement was close.

Both Graves and Caulkin also claim that the leaks were not wanted by either Ashley or the Staveley-led consortium, with Caulkin saying that he feared the leaks would force an adverse reaction from Mike Ashley.

Let’s hope that’s not the case. This is the moment for Ashley to sell the club. There is just no way he can get off of this hook and thwart this massive opportunity for Newcastle United.

However, the Chronicle’s latest piece seems to think that Ashley is stalling for some reason.

The report by Lee Ryder claims that sources close to the deal have insisted there is no timescale to an agreement being reached despite many assertions that the next 48 hours are crucial.

Ryder also confirms that Ashley is unhappy with the leaks and is now investigating how this story was broken. Though, he too contends that this is all down to Mike Ashley accepting what is offered.

There is no great escape for Mike Ashley now. He cannot turn this down and use his familiar excuses of ‘no funds’ or ‘time wasters.’ This group has the money and wants to help Newcastle United fulfill it’s potential.

A collection of Newcastle United fan groups have also issued a collective statement that says as much. It’s time for Mike Ashley to release Newcastle from his grip and allow this club to prosper.

66 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #41

    That Guardian article was fair, I guess, in that it pointed the responsibility for ethical club ownership at the Government, the FA and the Premier League and not with the fans. There’s actually a very good article on The Mag which covers just this issue from a NUFC fans’ point of view


    Just with regard to to numbers of crucifixions listed in the Guardian article, it’s Saudi practice to execute prisoners with a beheading followed by the crucifixion of the body. Pretty grisly, but not quite as barbaric perhaps as the Western Christian idea of Crucifixion.

    It’s also worth mentioning that the UAE (which includes Abu Dhabi) also has the death penalty by firing squad, hanging or stoning for the same sorts of crimes that Saudi Arabia have (rape, aggravated burglary, homosexuality). For the Guardian to bring this up with regard to NUFC and not Man City is more than a touch hypocritical.

    Not trying to excuse anyone – capital punishment is barbaric and should be illegal internationally – just trying to provide some context.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #42

    Vollpfosten = dumbass
    Roger = pr!ck

  • Jib

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #43

    Roger I’ll give you a German word
    A Krautkopf posting about human rights and murder
    the day after Holocaust memorial day at Auschwitz

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #44

    Jail……..Re loans. , Hats off to Charnley and co! Who said that?

  • jimiley

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #45

    The fat man is bricking it at the moment thinking of reasons to reject the offer and he will.
    He has been negotiating with the Saudis for a year but is now forced into a corner.
    He cannot use the usual one about a lack of funds because they could buy us 100 times over so he has come up with the leak and an angry owner story. But that is not credible either because everything has been agreed and the asking price paid, so what to do? Can you imagine Ashley saying that he was not sure if the Crown Price has the dosh??? hahah (not that he will say owt anyway)
    No, we are left with the usual fall back of two other anonymous interested parties.
    My sources tell me that Ashley received two phone calls at the weekend from two parties with the funds to buy NUFC.
    One of the parties is called Charnley Estates and the other is Bishop Enterprises.
    Mr Ashley is putting the Arab offer on hold to investigate the two new offers.
    He is hoping to start a bidding war over the next 30 years.
    I fear he may be unable to make up his mind and we will get silence.

  • Mag52

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #46

    It might be a simple question, in which case I apologise, but if Ashley actually doesn’t want to sell NUFC and each time an offer is made, has to come up with excuses not to go ahead with the sale, why doesn’t he just say ‘the club is not for sale. End of.’
    This would end a whole lot of unnecessary speculation and potential lack of focus for the team and it’s manager, as well as lessening the impression of him as a plonker of a businessman.

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #47

    Maybe all the talk over a takeover can get one of the players who thought they where to good for us a few weeks ago to join.. Like Giroud..seen as his Inter deal has seemingly fallen flat

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #48

    Rob……….. I wasn’t advocating that the Saudis facilitate the murder of Ashley with a subsequent crucifixion. It was just the basic crucifixion.
    Although now you mention it.

  • B&W blood

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #49


    China also executes by gunshot and has terrible human rights issues, Russia has poisoned people in Salisbury and the US has elec chair but all these countries have investment in Premier League teams.

    Unless FA are going to clean house across the whole league it is hardly fair to pick out one.

    Saudi are not banned from taking part in world cup or Olympics surely these are bigger organisations that could put pressure on human rights issues as opposed to FA

  • JDdubai

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #50

    America has the death penalty right now, dont think it matters if its beheading, crucifixion or lethal injection. The moral argument is whether you should take a life, not how you do it.

    i for one welcome our Saudi overlords.

  • geordietom

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #51

    Roger just for you in german hope you understand it …


  • Prince Jim

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #52

    Yeah because the well know clubs which are owned from investment from countries such as Russia and China have perfectly clean human rights records? My arse man

  • Shoulders knees

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #53

    Please pass on my best wishes to your Dad please.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #54

    The human rights argument is compelling, but a tad unbalanced when you look at man city’s ownerships nationality, and the fact that there are Chinese owned clubs in England. This is without going in to what the KGB were, and became after communism fell, (human rights to the KGB were pretty low on their agenda) and how Mr Abramovich allegedly fits in with all of that.

  • giimps

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #55

    Giroud would be a good option.
    Roger preaching ethics and humanity ……….short memories those German folk

  • JDdubai

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #56

    Keith Downie says we are still looking for a left back so we can play our favoured 352 formation.

    Its 541 mate, no 352 about it in the PL for sure.

    There we go, no attacking, full threat from set pieces. Job done.

  • Jib

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #57

    Giroud is a pudden
    Not what we need at all

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #58


    Re your scam call – that’s what it was – the rule of thumb is that broadband providers etc do not call customers. If there’s a problem, they’d email but even then, if you receive one, call your supplier of whatever service and ask whether they called.

    We get plagued by such calls and now they’re automating them with computer generated numbers that look very UK plausible – be awake, it’s easy to fall for it if you don’t have your wits about you.

    Watch out for pop ups from Microsoft (if your computer’s such) telling you’ve got malware. Nearly fell for that one myself.

    Suggest you get a landline phone with number blocking. BT do em and you can block by area codes or even the first two digits of a number.

  • martoon

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #59

    There was a good article that someone earlier posted a link to that basically said the PL may block the takeover but not because of their assassination links or appalling human rights record but because they are linked to a pirate broadcaster showing PL games – YCMIU!

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #60

    … SPORT – WASH

    Don’t you just love it…

    Used by Despots every where. It’s the go-to PR tactic of this age.

    Our warm and cuddly Arab Prince isn’t in this to make money, it’s all about what happens when the demand for oil concludes.

    Obviously he has a lot of dosh, but converting coin into respectable credibility is not an easy trick.

    The Prince does not.need financial partners, (obviously) but he requires associates who can offer a veneer of business respectability.

    … and then there is the blessed Amanda.

    Being a female ticks the anti misogyny box, and I’m sure that as an investment vehicle, Mandy’s investment business (10% of package) can filter selected investors, (the good the great and the greedy) to add respectable endorsement to the magic carpet ride..

  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #61


    Yes I read that, too. In my opinion it would be just another excuse to hold nufc back. We are not fashionable like the London clubs or the North Western clubs

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #62

    If we don’t get someone who can score a few goals we could still be relegated! How can they not see that?
    Do they not realise how lucky we are to have 30 points? We could easily lose the next six games!
    Or defenders will not continue to score! Joelinton’s a knacker, Carroll’s a crock as is Gayle! C’mon wake up and do something; you’ve got 2days!

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 29, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #63

    There is one sure way for the Premier League can prevent piracy of its product in Saudi Arabia. Get the crown prince to own one of the members of the league.
    He probably owns the tv company too. I’m fairly confident an agreement would be made very quickly. More coin in the Premier League piggy bank.

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 29, 2020 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #64

    The references to Beavis and Butthead reminded me of my Uber driver this morning.

    Communication was difficult, separated by a common language. Thats modern life I suppose

    Surprisingly he was playing the Eagles on the
    Prius radio. He got to spot in ‘Hotel California’,
    … “you can check-out anytime,
    but you can never leave”
    This what Ashley sings in his morning shower I’ll bet.

    ‘Hotel California’, more like ‘Hotel Cauliflower’

  • beefman13

    Jan 29, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #65

    It’s been said, how can you walk away from all that Gratis money and sponsorship freebies, it’s tens and tens of millions of quid, I just can it see him selling OUR club, supposedly negotiations goi g on for months????, Imo, another false dawn, JFA, SORRY SON, YA VODKA WILL HAVE TO WAIT A WHILE YET!

  • Roger

    Jan 31, 2020 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #66

    Thank you for all the best wishes for me. The discussion cannot be stopped. Saudi Arabia is not a free land. They kill not only their own people. And Newcastle United is a democatic club in a democatic land and not only the german fans want to be away from Ashley. But Ashley is Pest and the Saudis are Cholera. No owner from this land. And for the guy who thinks i”m a kraut. First I’m born in 1954. The 3.Reich end in 1945. And my friend, i am a member of the german antifa. I was 16 years old when i kicked my first nazi in his ass. Also do not bring the good people together with the muderers from nazi germany or Saudi Arabia. And tomorrow we beat Norwich, this is all.


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