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Yet Another Strange Twist Today In The Takeover Saga – Newcastle Could Be Left High And Dry



On the day when beIN Sports journalist Richard Keys said the Newcastle takeover led by Amanda Staveley would be announced, there is news today about Californian Billionaire Henry Mauriss’s bid to buy the club.

And it’s from a very reliable source – Bloomberg News.

The news is that he is preparing a charm offensive to get his offer for Newcastle, said to be £350M, more press coverage, and more legitimacy.

This comes as there is even more opposition to the takeover bid led by Amanda Staveley,

But it will be shameful if the Premier League do turn down Staveley’s bid after the UK government agreed last week to sell arms to the Saudis again.

How’s that for being two-faced?

Mauriss (shown above) is not well known in the UK: he is the CEO of media group ClearTV, and it looks like he wants to change that.

He wants to raise his profile with both the Premier League and Newcastle supporters, and it’s thought that any bid by Mauriss would be quickly blessed by the Premier League.

Sources have told Bloomberg News the following:

“Mauriss is discussing hiring a public relations adviser to help sell the merits of his proposal to acquire the soccer team.”

“And he has already met Newcastle United’s billionaire owner Mike Ashley to discuss his bid”

“Mauriss didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Representatives for Ashley did not respond to requests for comment by phone and text message.”

“A representative for the Saudi-led consortium declined to comment.”

“Newcastle is one of the U.K.’s best-supported teams, regularly drawing crowds of more than 50,000 to its stadium in northeast England. “

We haven’t heard too much from Mauriss over the last several weeks.

His vision for Newcastle United is to run the club the way Fenway Sports Group have run Liverpool FC, who they bought for just £300M back in 20111.

Mauriss has denied that Qatar Sports Investments, who own French powerhouse PSG, are involved in any way in his attempts to buy the Newcastle club.

If he has those Qatar contacts, it may be the same old same old – yet another proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

And so the plot thickens?

Maybe?

How did we ever get involved in all of this?

We still think the best chance is for the Premier League to finally pass the Amanda Staveley bid son.

The season ends a week on Sunday, and the transfer window opens the next day – so if it’s turned down, it leaves Newcastle high and dry.

That would not be good, and that’s an understatement.

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99 comments so far

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    It was only a matter of tine before that face started to reappear…

    Takeovers like buses, you wait 12 years for one and then two come along at once. What are the odds?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    #pastcaring(almost)

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  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I mentioned this yesterday, this is all about trying to control the narrative in the media. Khashoggi’s fiance getting wheeled out for TV, Countered by KSA making noise about banning BeIN from broadcasting in their country. Here’s Henry Maurice popping his head up again. It’s just noise from both sides.

    The fact the PL continue to allow this to happen is the real tragedy because it’s doing nothing but winding people up. Absolute joke.

    Fact is, if a deposit is paid and agreement reached Maurice here could come in and promise the moon and he’d not be able to deliver it. Absolutely pointless self-promotion for him and giving Qatar some media white noise to put a dampener on it.

    But, honestly, could anyone have ever imagined NUFC would be at the centre of a Middle East cold-war? Only here man.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    I feel it’s a bit harsh to blame the PL for this. It’s not their fault Ashley doesn’t want to sell. They aren’t the ones who have lied through their teeth to us and strung us along for over a decade so they can extract a profit from us.

    The blame lies with Ashley. It always has, and it always will.

    7
  • Rafabomb

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Takeover aint going to happen ffs

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    We as supporters should sue

    10
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Mund, Subbuteo? I still have mine. I might get the kid on it today. We played before but need to revisit!

    1
  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I think it’ll happen, but the difference in our case is that we have very willing buyers that are VERY rich so the PL are looking to make as much out of this as possible. If you think they’re even close to binning this off you’d be wrong. This isn’t about ethics or being ‘fit and proper’; it’s about getting the best deal for the Premier League. And by deal, I mean huge piles of cash.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafabomb

    Yeah not a chance now. They practically banned theirselves from owning a PL club earlier this week.

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Need to get him into Sensible Soccer 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    On the contrary takeover will happen and we will be the richest club in the world!!!!

    #cans

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  • Rafabomb

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    no it won’t, you just clutching

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    SORRY IT NEEDED CAPS

    THE RICHEST CLUB IN THE WORLD!!!

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  • AncientC

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Big things shaking at that “soccer team” in “northeast England”.

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think anyone for one minute really thought we’d wake up this morning and see the announcement on the word of that most undesirable chancer.

    Can’t remember who said this below re – Keys’ statement but it should have got way more hearts.

    ”Still seems strange that the news came from gorillagloves, even though the level of victimhood and passive aggression in the statement would have made KV proud, I’m not sure I trust it.”

    EGB

    Robert Key is the cricket guy

    Jib you have a long standing affection for and affinity to Ashley and Bruce, even Charnley, so naturally why would you want any urgency in them moving on.

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  • finnaz1892

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Bloomberg is owned by Qatar Financial Centre – I’ll let you make your own mind up whether mauriss bid is real or fake qatar propaganda

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  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    “No” – the shortest answer to a question. If it were a No, it would have been a No already. The fact it isn’t, tells you all you need to know.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    How long before the second bidder has his own second bidder?

    I heard that Elon Musk is going to buy us and turn us into the first solar-powered football team. He’s going to build us a new stadium in the caldera of Olympus Mons and put on a free shuttle bus service for fans from the north-east.

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  • Paul141726

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    All we need is for the PL to “pull their finger out” and let us get on with enjoy
    following OUR football club again.

    1
  • runheed

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Oh no. Takeover’s off. 🙁

    5
  • runheed

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    No it isn’t 🙂

    5
  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Interesting Fact #2345

    There is in Europe a small hawk called a Hobby
    Latin name Falco subbuteo

    Hobby / Subbuteo

    Get it ?

    3
  • Paul141726

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    great point finnaz. seems like more of the same from the Qatari side.
    how much more BS can they fling at this before the PL says “too bad, the Saudi
    takeover is approved”.

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  • runheed

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Oh yes it is 🙁

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    We will get our club back dinny worry and be born into a new era 🙂

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  • Rafabomb

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    What factual evidence has come out and said there is a takeover???
    Proof?

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  • runheed

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh no it isn’t:)

    1
  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #28

    They’ll pull it out when they’ve secured a deal good for them. If it were Mauriss buying us, they’d have signed off by now because they’d have no leverage. Once in a lifetime opportunity this is for the PL. I say once in a lifetime, this’ll be the only time this will ever happen. The PL care not one jot about human rights or journalists. It’s in their interests to have a club in the PL owned by one of the wealthiest countries on the planet because they might turn their attentions to La Liga or the Bundesliga.

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  • runheed

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Oh yes it is

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  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Erm, if you need proof there’s something in play then just refer to the head of the premier league acknowledging it on TV.

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Ashley is gone and will never have anything to do with Newcastle again. Simples

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Head of PL repeatedly said things like “I can’t comment on the specifics of any takeover”. At no pount did he confirm it was happening.

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  • AncientC

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Let’s all give BoJo credit for the takeover: all credit to the Tories for this, er, whatever this is. Righto then.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski could have defeated the Soviets quicker than this takeover.

    4
  • onmeedsun

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Kevin #4
    It is the PL’s fault this process is dragging on.
    Ashley is a willing seller. Always has been actually, except previously his terms had never been met.
    This consortium are the real deal and have met his terms, and he needs the cash.
    I’m prepared to wait until end of season.
    If nothing announced by then I’ll assume it’s been rejected, but something will need to be communicated.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Runheed

    He’s behind youuu!!

    If the takeover isn’t done by midnight, do you think Richard Keys might turn into a pumpkin?

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  • Rafabomb

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #36

    they aint said nothing! Not an inclin. Mr masters would say that even with no takeover put forward to him…. you been sucked in again by Mr ashley himself

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #37

    Me Ashley is in Miami waiting for his mulla he has nowt to do with Newcastle anymore

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  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Mr*

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Onmeedsun

    I really don’t buy it that Ashley has genuinely been trying to sell the club just because he said he is. How long does it take? Nothing takes 10 years to sell if you genuinely want to sell it, and definitely not something like a PL football club.

    Ashley makes a fortune out of the club. Why would he want to sell?

    4
  • Muz

    Jul 17, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #40

    “They ain’t said nothing” – other than saying they’re going through the process

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