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Sky Sports Journalist Acknowledges Existence Of Second Bidder

Early on Saturday, the Chronicle reported that a second consortium interested in purchasing Newcastle United was in the early stages of due diligence.

That report said that the unnamed group was going through the books at Newcastle. However, they were quick to note that it was still business as usual as far as the club was concerned.

This would be a second ‘serious’ consortium along with the Saudi-backed group led by Amanda Staveley. The Chronicle also reported that they have approached both the club and the Saudi group but received no new information.

So the most recent information on the PIF consortium is that American entrepreneur Carla DiBello may have been the one to suggest the idea of purchasing Newcastle to the Saudis.

There had been speculation that more bidders were in talks to buy Newcastle. The news that another group is looking at the books is not too surprising if accurate.

However, that doesn’t mean they are anywhere close to reaching an agreement with Mike Ashley, which will be where the real test lies.

The fact that this second group remains unidentified could be a positive sign and show that they are remaining tight-lipped about their plans.

Pete Graves, with Sky Sports, tweeted the following on Saturday, verifying that he too is aware of a second group.

It’s all at a standstill as far as Newcastle fans go. There’s still a faint hope that something concrete will develop in the coming weeks and months.

However, it’s all far too much of an unknown to raise our expectations too high.

178 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #1


  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Get in I’m 1st.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #3

    In Bruce we trust.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Bruce for manager of the season.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Bruce is going to be a legend.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Sir Steve Bruce.

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Ahh the lesser seen

    “double fakeover”

    We are being really treated this year

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    With the negotiating skills of a cockney spiv and some overwhelming greed
    We have

    The Double Fakeover

    TDF for short

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Fake over news is getting very boring.

  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Madness how every time there’s supposed interest in the club from a group, another group comes along at the exact same time… Yet neither of them end up owning the club. Lmao, how stupid does Ashley think we are?

  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Sports Direct FC forever at this rate

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Has anyone ever seen such a load of bollix ?
    13 years and 500,00 buyers later

    Just couldnt get it over the line

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Imho they should erect this line around the country
    Its utterly impenetrable

    100% safe from anything known to man

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Dont worry though
    Next seasons transfer budget will have already been looked at in great detail

    How much can he squirrel away to his tat shops while keeping the club just say in the league ?

  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #15

    MagpieRanger exactly, what with double the interest he should have been able to sell the club by now. Let’s face it, MA has made public the value of the club, however it must be either the books and assets don’t tally up to a club worth 340m, the interested parties don’t exist, the goalposts keep getting shifted or we have an unwilling seller who tells his pals at sky etc that he is a very willing seller.

    Divide and conquer seems to be a tactic, something which has divided the fans rather than unite them hence giving MA an easy ride assisted by those who refuse to accept he has ruined and continues to do so

  • NY Mag

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #16


    I liked the phrase “tdf”
    I gave you a heart for that one….very good 🙂

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #17

    The club dont bother with the fans forums, instead inventing a way to get around em
    The club dont comment on anything
    You cant protest against the clubs actions , they will hunt you down and intimidate you
    People decided enough is enough and stopped going , replaced for free

    How long will the prem allow this to happen ?

  • stu mel

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m confused why are people singing bruces praise? Is that a joke

  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #19

    I think fat Ash words will ring true IF we ever get taken over it will just happen out the blue and we won’t see it coming…. I could not get less excited about these takeover rumours, it means nothing even when sky sports mention it anymore, nobody really has a clue makes you wonder who there ‘reliable’ sources are they have no reason to doubt, because they seem to get it wrong alot….

    Them crucial 48 hours seem like a lifetime ago now lol.

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Remember the 90% sold ?

  • toon22

    Feb 15, 2020 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Ive decided to start asking Fifa for help
    Worth a try

  • NY Mag

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #22

    You’ll get nee change out of asking your Xbox game for any help tinfinger 😀

  • only one bobby robson

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon 22

    When Ashley has gone will you stop posting on here please well you’ll will have too as you won’t have anything else to talk about cheers .

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Nearly match day, can’t wait

  • NY Mag

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #25


    What’s your prediction for tomorrow?
    I’ll go with a fairly drab 0-0

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #26


    Fed. Lascelles Clark.
    Lazaro. Hayden. Sean. Rose.
    Miggy. Joelinton. Maxi.

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #27

    NYmag draw a way from home can’t be bad. Hope for a win though.

  • lesh

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Face facts people, Ashley’s not trying to sell the club and all that goes with it. He’s keen to sell a stake it, keeping the bits he wants, the revenue generators, for himself and SD.

  • Bowjaw

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha ha ha the 90 percent sold double fakeover.
    BFM I salute you.

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Lesh, that appears more likely now. Haven’t let myself get carried away this time.

  • SirBobbyRobby

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Let’s go for top 5! Joelinton bangs in 10 for the rest of the Saison and we win the fa cup?

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #32

    SBR. Why not. Honestly this year the level of teams apart from the top six seven is really poor. See how we get on at Arsenal.

  • carltoon

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Not sure about Joelinton, maybe if we get another couple from him would be a start.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 15, 2020 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Carltoon I think you have the team close but Bentaleb will definitely start and it will be one of Hayden or Sean who plays with him.

  • carltoon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Ooh forgot about him. Yes put him instead of Hayden.

  • carltoon

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #36

    And we’ll have quite a strong bench. Let’s hope they’ve been practising passing the ball in training.

  • NY Mag

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #37


    I guess I was being a bit pessimistic with a goalless draw. But arsenal seem to be a bit draw specialists at the moment.

  • neverbeento wembly

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Season ticket sales must really be down

  • toon22

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #39



    Let’s see who i can bother with the club turning on it’s fans

  • toon22

    Feb 16, 2020 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #40


    I’ve said many times I will

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