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Top Stars Staying At Newcastle Will Depend On The Takeover

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce seems to have got it right with Newcastle looking a very decent attacking side in the last 4 league games since the Premier League restarted.

We have scored 10 goals and won two of our games by 3 goals.

So it’s looking good at the moment, but writing that may mean we may now get clobbered at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night, so if we do, I apologize for that right now.


Steve Bruce has handled Allan Saint-Maximin brilliantly this season, and he’s done the same with another of our star forwards, Miguel Almiron, who is finally adding goals to his game.

Almiron is currently Newcastle’s top goalscorer with 8 goals, and four of them coming in the league.

But these two star players on Tyneside have already attracted interest from top clubs.

Arsenal are interested in signing Allan Saint-Maximin (seem above with Steve Bruce) in the summer, and Real Madrid have expressed an interest in signing the 26-year-old Paraguayan International.

The takeover at Newcastle has gone very quiet over the last few weeks.

It’s now coming up to 13 weeks on Thursday that the papers for the takeover were sent to the Premier League, and they started the owners’ and directors’ test.

With it taking so long, there will be hesitancy and maybe confusion this summer, if we still don’t know who’s in charge of the club.

Amanda Staveley and her consortium, 80% backed financially by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, seem to have been very patient, at least as far as we can tell, from the outside.

Mike Ashley wants to get rid of the club, and he must be anxious and frustrated it’s taking so long for the Premier League to reach a decision.

If the takeover is not successful and Mike Ashley is still the owner during this summer transfer window, we wouldn’t put it past him to sell the two star forwards.

Heaven only knows how much we could now get for Allan Sant-Maximin, and Almiron will also bring in a handy profit too.

Ashley is only interested in making a profit at Newcastle and has never bothered about making the team into a top one that can challenge at the top of the Premier League.

But that’s exactly what the Amanda Staveley consortium want to do.

So if the Premier League continue to be hesitant, seemingly lacking leadership and courage to make a decision on the takeover, we could see the disaster scenario happen this summer.

That’s Mike Ashley allowing the sale of both Saint-Maximin and Almiron.

We wouldn’t put it past him.

We wouldn’t put anything past Ashley, given his 13-year dire history at Newcastle.

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30 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s them off then
    Nice big profit for him again

    Replaced with loan deals and free transfers

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Sell them and hope that Nickson gets a Cisse and Cabaye instead of a Riverie and Alfalmalfaltino 🙁

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3


    It goes without saying that decent players, aware of Ashley’s ambition for the club, will want to move on. It really is such a shame that Ashley’s failed to change his business model which has made Newcastle United a club that’ll be seen as nothing more than a stepping stone to bigger things.

    Fingers crossed he’s out and soon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice £50M profit on the pair of them over six years and pay KBA £4M a year for handling the publicity.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5


    Dont think Muto will be sold, for the same reason joelinton wont be – no club will match their wages so both will “do a colback” and sit on their contracts for another 4 or 5 years.

    muto on 54k per week, no club in the world will match that, same as big joe on 80k per week.

    glad we extended Carroll’s contract tho, injured from a 9 minute sub appearance with probably less than 10 touches. Glad we paid him 50k for that sub appearance, cracking bit of business – and people say its good value as its only pay as you play. nonsense.

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Is being among those who post most a sign of anything to be proud of?

  • fairscup

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Just like to say that I can’t stand Piers Morgan (just my opinion) and I hope he is sacked soon.

    The programme on Thursday & Friday mornings is a much better show.

    How about a poll:
    Should Piers Morgan be sacked ?

  • geordietom

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    jail …

    i dont need enlightened at least ive got the cojones to name and shame …

    i dont need a light bulb moment … 😀

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    You won’t be saying that when he does this……


    …..in a black white shirt, at St Jameses’, under cashed up new owners, and rocks the stadium off its ‘uggen foundations. 🙂

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10


    Just FYI iv gone for Fernandes as captain this gameweek so probs best you steer clear of him as he will do nothing.

  • Paul141726

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #11

    GP, all good points.That type of action, sitting and not being on the team roster
    will soon be termed “doing a Colback”. As for the money they are receiving, they may have been able to be moved to, say, China. But that was before Co-vid.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh geordietom, cojones mahones. If there are only two people on the blog who everyman and his dog, excepting you of course, knew who I meant, do I really need to name KV and toon22, however on realising you were reading, maybe I should have 🙄

  • IrishRob

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Carroll’s ankle must be back at him again. But as usual they are falling it a groin strain so people dont think hes crocked again.

    That must have been a bad ole groin strain that kept him out for months there back before the season went on pause.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit: Playing a bit catch up, You didn’t need to have a season ticket to get a free one. You only needed to know someone who had a season ticket to get a free one.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    My guess is one of the two at least will be gone this summer, probably Almiron. The other will go next year. If both go at once that’s a PR nightmare for the club trying to get the fans onside.

    I’d saybthe likely progression is we’ll lose Almiron this year, won’t replace him with an equivalent signing, will drop position in the league and ASM the following summer, while the club makes statements about how he wanted a move to a club that’s playing in Eurppe, and it would be wrong to hold him back.

    Probably in the middle of a rumour about how we’re about to be bought out by Bezos and become the richest club in the world, with little to no mention of the fact that we’re already in the 20 richest clubs but our owner refuses to act like it.

    Once again, really hope I’m wrong on all counts as these two are the brightest talents we’ve had at the club in a long time and we would be severely lacking for quality attacking options with them gone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Villa’s defence is massively improved, maybe a rethink there.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17


    Best we can do is try to loan them out, even then we will have to contribute to their wages but either they stay and the club pay out over 130k per week on them both or we loan them out and hopefully only have to pay out half that..

    Shocking deals, Muto assumingly asian-market led to promote Shte Direct but still .

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18


    KdB vs us
    Salah vs Brighton
    Martial or Fernandes vs Villa.

    Im sticking with Fernandes…..maybe.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19


    Fair comments all round, Muto’s wage will undoubtedly be an obstacle, and Joelinton’s even more so. The only advantage for us with Muto is it seems he hasn’t settled over here at all and may well take a pay cut just to leave England. It might be that a bundesliga club will take him on, as he had a fairly decent reputation in Germany.

  • geordietom

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    JAIL …
    there you go mate you grew a pair well done … 😉

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #21


    Fairly sure there have been deals where clubs have continued to pay part of a players wages even after they have been sold.


    Sell Muto somewhere for a million or 2, the new club pay him 20k per week and we keep paying him 34k per week or something like that.

    a ridiculous situation to be in but either we keep him and have 54k leave the p&l each week or sell him to get a million or 2 coming in for the fee and then we “only” pay out 30k per week.

    i know ASM is only 1 year into his deal but when he sees Joe and Muto earning this much money and contributing little/nothing, then you can understand why he would feel he needs a bump on his wages given the impact he has in our matches.

  • Jib

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    It seems a fairly obvious fixture to rest players
    Even if they put it out that there are injuries

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #23


    I’ve done it on footy manager for sure, it’s quite common on that to get offers on players but for the buying club to request a percentage of the player’s wages from the seller. Not sure how common it is in real life, but they rarely put things like that in that game unless it actually happens so I’d say it’s almost definitely an option.

    I completely agree with regards to ASM and would say that the Matty Longstaff contract situation is also really not helped along by this kind of thing. Losgstaff will be looking at Muto on £54k and Joe on £80k and asking why he isn’t worth at least £30k when he has the same number of league goals from a handful of midfield as Joelinton has managed in 30 appearances as a forward, and when Muto doesn’t even make the bench a lot of the time.

    We really need to stop handing long-term deals to largely unproven players, and start working on keeping hold of the more talented players we already have at the club.

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Novocastrian66 your splitting hairs but ok

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 7, 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ll say again…

    Not a chance either Almiron or ASM will be sold this summer no matter who owns the club.

    Nore will Dubs.

    Schar might be, he isn’t a good defender at all but might be a very decent DM, if we were offered £25M+ for him I think it would be seriously considered as Bruce wouldn’t be against him moving on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #26

    If someone offers £60M for ASM he’s off.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 7, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #27


    Schar will go for 10-15m, especially since the values have dropped post-covid. 25m is way unrealistic imo bud. Turns 29 this year so any buyer won’t have any resale on him most likely.

    Only bought for 3m so 3-5 times what we paid for him, tidy profit!

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 7, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #28


    Out of curiousity, what makes you so certain? As a club we have a very extensive history of flogging our best players as soon as a decent offer arrives, and I’m struggling to see what has changed.

  • OliveRoll

    Jul 7, 2020 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Its looking increasingly likely the the fat controller is going to be here for the forseeable.

    I really thought this was it, but after delay upon delay and daily speculation I just don’t see us getting our club back anytime soon.

    The fat man is a parasite and he persists in feesting on our club. Can’t wait to see the back of him.


    Jul 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Its been over 3 months since PL received all the papers for approval & nothing has happened. If a billion pound business hasnt got one person who has brains to be able to check on background of a few directors in a couple of weeks something is wrong. I think maybe they found something & are using it as leverage to their advantage. It is simply not fair to NUFC & all their fans to be held in limbo for so long. It has the team at a great disadvantage not being able to plan for next year. Am convinced if NUFC was one of the so called big 6 the sale would have long gone through. Masters has a lot to answer for & he should remember the PL doesnt stop @ Manchester when travelling up A1


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