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Newcastle Takeover – There Are Questions Still To Be Answered

In Alan Shearer’s weekly column in the Sun today, he is still very cautious of a Newcastle takeover led by renowned financier Amanda Staveley.

The news from several different sources is that all the relevant paperwork has been signed, and it’s in with the Premier league to undergo their owners’ and directors’ tests.

And it is expected to go through fairly easily but could take three weeks,

So it’s almost a done deal and some, like former Chronicle veteran reporter John Gibson, are allowing themselves to dream just a little bit that this may all come true.

Steady John.


Newcastle icon and BBC pundit Alan Shearer is having none of it, however.

And this is the comment he made today in the Sun, and he will wait until the formal announcement before he believes anything:

“Like so many Newcastle fans, I refuse to get excited until the sale of the club actually goes through. I’m reluctant to get my hopes up — we’ve been here before, so what is the point?”

“There are still questions to be answered. We are yet to hear about the finance of the deal and still haven’t heard anything from Mike Ashley or the prospective buyers.”

“With Ashley, once it gets close he may well try to move the goalposts. So until the deal is done, I remain cautious.”

It really does seem a question of time now and how long will it take the Premier League to OK the deal.

We are waiting and hoping – as always.

Howay the Lads!!

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24 comments so far

  • WLtoon

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on Al, loosen up man, its happening

  • jon.c

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank you Alan for your negative report on the takeover.When you did deals with various companies you did not broadcast them are you a little jealous you are not involved

  • clinath@ed

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Shearers “moving the goalposts” comment may have a more personal angle to it than directly referring to the take over

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    You cannot blame Shearer for being cautious when it comes to Ashley. He has first hand experience of dealing with him. Most of us on here have not.
    Having said that this seems to have gone beyond shaking hands on a deal.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5


    How do you mean mate?

  • Mick

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    He is right though, we know a document has been sent to CH, but that’s all we know and we don’t know what’s in that document.

    The fact that MA, Stavely, the Rueben brothers and PIF have not said a solitary word between them about the possible deal tells me that a non disclosure agreement is in place and is getting adhered to, which does raise my optimism levels a little bit.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Dr Ed is getting excited too I sense….

  • bill

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    “Alan Shearer was offered the Newcastle job in 2009 – but is still waiting for an answer nine years on”.

    This is why Shearer knows how the goalposts get moved by the parasite.

  • Swanny

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Money talks eh, this Screams….Newcastle, owners Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PiF), worth £320bn

    2. Man City, Sheikh Mansour, £23.3bn

    3. Chelsea, Roman Abramovich, £9.6bn

    4. Arsenal, Stan Kroenke, £6.8bn

    5. Wolves, Guo Guangchang, £5.2bn

    6. Aston Villa, Nassef Sawiris, £5bn

    7. Leicester, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, £4.6bn

    8. Tottenham, Joe Lewis, £3.9bn

    9. Manchester United, The Glazer Family, £3.6bn

    10. Southampton, Gao Jisheng, £3.1bn

    11. Crystal Palace, Joshua Harris, £2.7bn


  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    giimps #28 last thread,

    “If he is working from home while furloughed, the govt will (rightly so) claim any monies paid back from his employer”.

    As John Cleese said, “Not necessarily, I could be arguing in my spare time”.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    The takeover is at a stage where there is no going back for Ashley UNLESS he fancies taking on the Arabs and the Reuben,s on in court .

  • NUFCPakistan

    Apr 20, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    howay the lads….my name is ahmed hassan…. i am from pakistan… new castle is love for me since childhood… i was very upset past years bcz of junk fat mike ashley…. now i realise once takeover is done… toon army will rise again inshallah … alan shearer… les ferdinand aspirela .. ginola.. southgate.. shay given .. ben arfa…. cabaye.. demba ba…..

  • damma99

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t post on here very often, but would just like to say this blog keeps me going at the moment. Me being furloughed any my lass working from home could be a recipe for disaster. Luckily the takeover and the comments on here keep the spirits up, but the decorating is taking longer.

  • DutchontheToon

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    So, Ashley has to carry on paying player wages for a further 3 Weeks. He must be gutted having to part with even more money.

  • griff

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone that thinks that a narcissist will act how they would act in a negotiation is either a narcissist themselves or a potential victim.

    I’m with Shearer. Would people be celebrating a transfer at this point? No celebration for me until they are at St James wearing the shirt so to speak!

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail from first thing – sorry, I’m back at work

    We’re you being serious about us holding up posters of that journalist, I can’t really comment on that until I know.”

    No, not really – I came up with a quick example of how we could put pressure on from the inside more easily than from the outside. I wouldn’t ever expect that to happen in that way, for various reasons and I kinda regretted posting that particular example afterwards.

    I actually think that football and politics should not mix, but obviously in this situation when we’re being bought by a National investment fund the lines will become blurred. Should we care as a fanbase? I think that’s for each individual fan to decide, then act on individually. I don’t think any fans should be having a go at any others for their decision on this though.

    Thanks for asking for clarification before jumping in two footed, much appreciated.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    For those of you pushing the “human rights” agenda, may I reiterate from a few weeks ago;

    When it comes to human rights there isn’t a country or gvt in the World that is squeaky clean in this area. Everyone should be given the opportunity to grow out of their history and improve their record over time and that is exactly what MBS and Saudi Arabia are trying to do.

    To those who try to point out that the killing of the journalist “was on the orders of MBS” are singularly off their bloody trolleys and without evidence pushing their own misguided agendas. It’s. like saying everything done by MI5/6 or SAS are at the express orders of the Queen – bloody nutjobs.

    Finally, many on here regard Rafa as some sort of DemiGod, they go to great lengths to assure is he is a man of culture and honour “he’s never broken a contract in his life” – yet this man is working for supposedly £6M pa in the country that has absolutely the worst human rights in recent history making Ghengis Khan, Atilla The Hun and Vlad the Impaler look like choirboys!! – yet not a word, the Country who is solely responsible for sending Covid-19 around the world and to date having already killed over 165,000 people conservatively- yet not a word.

    I think human rights are a major important issue, but for Gods sake we’re a football club, starved of hope or ambition for over 13 years, I don’t give a flying fig where the moneys coming from and at least we can say with certainty that the regime is trying to change, can anyone say that about China??

  • clinath@ed

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    I think it’s explained above. Shearer was promised a lot back as manager, never came to anything. Suppose he’s still a tad bitter

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Also, if I’m not mistaken, isn’t there some Chinese involvement in Club ownership here and in Europe! Where are all the objections to that? I haven’t seen or heard any!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 20, 2020 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Cleveleys, I think Chinese involvement in Wolves? Could be wrong.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 20, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Cleveleys Bob @ 19
    You say “At least we can say with certainty that the regime is trying to change, can anyone say that about China?”
    Can I add “or Mike Ashley either”. His actions throughout the Coronavirus situation shows that the greediest man on the planet is actually getting worse… and who would have believed that over the last 13 years?

  • Big Archie

    Apr 21, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    If I’m honest I would have expected better from Shearer.

    “Moving the goalposts” as he calls it is a cardinal sin in business and Ashley would not be a billionaire if he played that kind of trick with his deals.

    Appallingly bad form Al.


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