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Huge Majority Of Fans Think Mike Ashley Will Scuttle Saudi Deal

While we are not holding our breath, there is some hope this summer that the Amanda Staveley led consortium, which is trying to buy Newcastle United and is 80% funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund – could be successful.

But fans are incredibly skeptical, and rightly so since we’ve been down this road too many times to be confident it will succeed.

I have to admit I was almost certain the deal with the Bin Zayed Group would go through last May – and it didn’t so once (many times?) bitten – twice shy.

There was a report from Eurosport reporter Manu Lonjon last week that an unnamed individual was close to buying Newcastle.

He did not say it was the Amanda Staveley led consortium and the Chronicle has reported there are currently two groups trying to buy the group – so maybe it’s the other group?

And the French reporter updated his tweet yesterday to say that a close source is hoping for an official communication by early May.

What the official communication may be we don’t know, but if it’s that Newcastle have been sold, then the papers for that must now be into the Premier League, who will be doing their owners and directors test.

Amanda Staveley – OK Mike – so it’s a done deal!

But the communication could be simply that some agreement has been reached with Mike Ashley.

But that’s been extremely difficult to achieve in the past with the stubborn and selfish Newcastle owner.

Fans just don’t believe it’s going to happen this time with the Amanda Staveley-led consortium, and almost 80% think Mike Ashley will find some way to scuttle the deal.

The poll is open, so you can still vote.

Will MIke Ashley Scuttle The Saudi Based Takeover Bid?

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What do you think about this on this Easter Sunday?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Apr 12, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Kilkenny Tom.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 12, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    a fakeover is not a fakeover without all the itk’s
    where are they all
    we need fake info it keeps us all interested

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3


    no where near them? thank god …


  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    NUMBER 2…

    i’m still confident about the takeover happening …

  • jane

    Apr 12, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    this is a stupid poll how can anyone know. there should be a ‘don’t know’ option.

  • IrishRob

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Lol Tom you Rogue!

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    jane …

    agree with you , how would people know whats going on behind the scenes …

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Irishrob …

    honestly mate you dont wanna meet them piss heeds mate …

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Tom, can I add one for you mate?

  • AncientC

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Irishrob “Bentaleb you can see will be a good player if he gets fit an applies himself.”


    I think too many people want to play mystic meg, and be proven correct on a guess. Bentaleb hasn’t shown any promise. But he did play well for Tottenham once is the rumour.

    The PL is choka with players that could be great if they apply themselves.

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster …

    add one ?

    feel free as long as its not naughty … 😀

  • WLtoon

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Morning all So there is no new rumours on the takeover, for me that is good news, keeps everything under wraps, the way it should be. I guess it will be frustrating for some but im more than happy with no info being leaked incase it may scupper a deal.

    Its a Carry On film fest today so ile be happy with some light hearted titillation for a few hours.
    Has anyone got a favourite, VOTE ? Cant make my mind up between Carry On Abroad or Screaming

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    got to start preparing dinner soon we are having a leg of mince …

  • beermonkey

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14


    oyu need a story to sell the fakeover

    something like my aunts mother inlaws brothers boss knows a bloke that drinks with this fella who knows a geeza that was drinking in the same pub as ashley and over heard him tell the barman that he has sold the club

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    wltoon …

    carry on up the Khyber …


  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16


    you forgot my cousins in the state’s …


  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    WLToon, “Chippings”! I like Convenience, Cleo, Girls, Camping, Abroad, Khyber, Cruising, erm….

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18

    RIP Stirling Moss

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    OR was it the ones in Australia but then again i’ve got a cousin in Thailand nearly forgot about the one’s in Canada …


  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    IrishRob, “Zipper catches skin”, one of Alice Cooper’s underrated albums.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m still confident the takeover will happen.

    There you go Tommy boy:)

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22


    Bentaleb hadn’t played for 6 months before he went straight into the 1st team.

    I’ve seen enough to believe once he has a full pre-season and is match fit he’ll be a good buy at the rumoured price.

    We’ll see.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Bit of a leading question in the poll – Will Ashley Scuttle The Deal.

    A more appropriate question would be – If PIF offer the asking price will Ashley sell.

    Yes IMO.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 12, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Its all media talk ….. Mike Ashley wont sell the club as were a front for Sports Direct… Money Talks and the Arabs want the club at a knock down virus price he will put the price up instead… stay safe everyone until the next home game…

  • JohnJ

    Apr 12, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Dr Ed,
    Like you I have to admit I was almost certain the deal with the Bin Zayed Group would go through last May & bitterly disappointed when it didn’t but there will come a time when Mr Ashley moves on!!!

    As a guy in his seventies ………..

    I only hope it happens soon I would hate to pop my clogs before it happens but one day it will……..

    He is only one man we are a city and we have our wings spread wide!

  • IrishRob

    Apr 12, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Lol I’ll take a listen to it Mickey!


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