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After Takeover Disappointment, Newcastle Need To Keep This Magpie On Tyneside



With the sad news of the takeover’s demise still setting in for many fans, the focus is now shifting toward next season where we’ll likely find it hard to make to much improvement on our 13th place finish.

Without the injection of Saudi riches and the damage the coronavirus has wreaked on club finances, Newcastle will have limited funds to make the necessary improvements in the squad.

Much of the reported £30m or so should be used to get in a couple of strikers as that’s the pressing issue that needs to be sorted. So that will leave little for other areas of need like the midfield and at left-back.

Newcastle are reported to be in negotiations for two free agents in midfielder Arnaud Lusamba and winger Ryan Fraser. Both would be good additions in the current climate.

There’s also Danny Rose, who Steve Bruce is keen to get back on a permanent deal after his half-season loan spell.

There was a report yesterday from Sport Witness who cite a German outlet that Schalke’s hopes of selling Nabil Bentaleb took a hit due to the takeover failure. However, we would think the opposite to be the case.

Whether Newcastle still want to pursue Bentaleb on anything other than another loan deal seems highly unlikely to us.

That leaves the situation with Matty Longstaff. Newcastle must redouble their efforts to keep the youngster at the club. His options are likely to be plentiful as he’ll be a very good bargain for some clubs with limited budgets.

There are reports West Ham, Southampton, and Burnley are monitoring his situation along with interest from Udinese in Serie A.

It would raise some spirits on Tyneside if Newcastle can convince Matty to sign a long term deal.

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276 comments so far

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #41

    Kets

    If the turd dont sell us ASM will be sold
    pronto

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #42

    Almiron will be worth a lot too. Just needs to pull the trigger more outside the box. Too unselfish.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #43

    Gothmog I wondered why his eyes widened a bit lol, probably wondering how you got through.
    I was a bit peeved he skipped your question but at least got the panels answer later.
    😀

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #44

    Ashleys just wet his pants ASM worth a £1oom , that’s him gone in the morning LOL

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #45

    hibbit
    No I’m not
    Someone said he’s well respected and has not commented on the takeover before

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #46

    Carltoon
    Re link thanks

    1
  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #47

    Let’s see if anyone can get the prem to comment
    I doubt they will

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #48

    thanks Jib
    decent article and show its not going to go away anytime soon

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  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Let’s see if they try and claim they are blameless

    2
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #50

    North

    Silly thing is, i wasnt rude to him, didnt swear or anything like that. and instead of talking and exchanging views, he just blocked.

    i really like Steve Hastie on those shows tho, really passionate and he does know a lot, good history with the club too.

    2
  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #51

    The full Frank kane article

    Qatar, human rights lobby mesmerize English football in Newcastle saga.

    “Never say never” was the key phrase from Michael Ashley, owner of Newcastle United football club.

    He was reacting to a dramatic statement late on Thursday from the consortium — led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — that had agreed a £300 million ($394 million) deal with him in April to buy the 128-year-old club. The buyers had finally had enough, after months of delay by the English football authorities, and were pulling out of the bid.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #52

    That seemed to be that, but closer analysis of the eight-month saga suggests that far from being all over, it is just entering a new phase.

    Ashley went on to insist that he remained “100 percent committed” to the deal. It was also pretty apparent from conversations with PIF officials and with Amanda Staveley, the entrepreneur who put the consortium together, that it is still much in play.

    In reality, the consortium withdrawal statement changes little in the takeover equation. Ashley wants to sell. The consortium — which includes UK magnates the Reubens brothers, Staveley and the PIF — wants to buy. The PIF still wants to inject hundreds of millions of pounds into the club and the economy of England’s northeast.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #53

    What is holding up the deal is the incomprehensible intransigence of the English Premier League (EPL), the football authority that has to give its approval, and in particular its CEO Richard Masters.

    The EPL and Masters have been given all the documentation they need to reach a decision on the takeover. In April, they also gave firm assurances that it would be looked at and approved in roughly a month.

    The COVID-19 crisis, which halted football in the UK and most of Europe, understandably distracted them. But what really mesmerized Masters was the multimillion-dollar lobby that swung into predictable action when it looked like the deal was going to be cleared.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #54

    Human rights organizations that are always quick to attack Saudi Arabia were reinforced by Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports, which had a longstanding grievance over broadcast rights in the Kingdom and elsewhere in the Middle East. Between them, they got enough supporters in the UK political establishment to lean on Masters.

    Some of the EPL’s maneuverings appear deliberately aimed at frustrating the deal. They wanted assurances that the PIF is an independent organization within the Saudi investment scene. This they received in the form of a letter from the highest economic authority in the Kingdom, which Masters then ignored.

    They dithered and dallied for so long that in the end, the Saudi-led consortium decided to break the logjam by formally pulling out of the deal.

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  • Northumbrian

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #55

    Hibbit ive read a few bits from him and frank Kane seems to be highly respected out there.

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #56

    I have a feeling and it’s no more than that –
    that some kind of compromise will come out of this
    Ashley is a willing seller and regardless of anyone’s
    opinion of him as an owner he seems the sort that
    can get deals done , especially if it’s to his advantage

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #57

    As things stand, there are few winners emerging as a result of the EPL’s chicanery.

    Ashley loses £300 million that his other businesses badly need in the pandemic downturn. The football club and city of Newcastle lose a minimum of £250 million pledged by the PIF as investment in the team and the regional economy.

    Fans lose the chance to replace Ashley, whom they accuse of failing to invest in their club’s potential. There is no other viable bidder waiting in the wings.

    But perhaps the biggest loser is the EPL itself. Masters misses out on the biggest single cash injection ever into the game, at a time when English football’s finances are under strain as never before from the pandemic.

    The EPL managed to salvage something from the 2019-20 season by staging games in empty stadiums, avoiding having to repay hundreds of millions of pounds to TV broadcasters. But it is hard to imagine those same broadcasters, including BeIN Sports, ever bidding the same eye-watering amounts again.

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #58

    This is where the EPL has finally and conclusively shown itself to be short-sighted to the point of negligence.

    Sources close to the consortium told Arab News that Saudi Arabia offered to discuss the TV rights package, in effect acting as the “underwriter” when the EPL comes to renegotiate the deal in 2022. That offer was rejected, with no reason given.

    If the deal gets back on track, there is no guarantee that such generosity will still be on the table.

    That is the corner into which the EPL has painted itself with its craven submission to Qatar and the human rights lobby.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #59

    as yet PIF haven’t pulled out , till the PL are notified in writing it’s still not official,

    2
  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #60

    Since I asked anyone on here if they could support my tweets I’ve had a big rise in support thanks for anyone who has took the time to do that.

    HWTL

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #61

    on the hill
    have you read anything from this guy before,
    ive never come across him before, but that was a decent read,

    2
  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #62

    mund sent you message on twitter …

    1
  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #63

    you never know they may all come back to the table …

    2
  • Thump

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #64

    @Gothmog: What was the question btw?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #65

    Mund

    Im blocking you tonight, had enough of ya. gobsh!te 🙂

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  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #66

    Tom I liked the post. You don’t have message enabled or I would of sent you one

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #67

    Thump

    i honestly cant even remember.But he does get a lot of crap so maybe just blanketed everybody at that time.

    no worries tho, life goes on.

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  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #68

    GP

    Haha don’t blame ya going offit your bloody fault lol

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  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #69

    That last tweet I put out got me 40 retweet’s I was buzzing

    1
  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #70

    Mund …

    i’ll sort it tomorrow mate off out to a party taxi’s here …

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  • simon376

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #71

    Mund
    Who are you on twitter? I’m iContract Management

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #72

    Haven’t been on here since Thursday when it went tits up.

    Bit busy, aint looked at anything NUFC

    So the fat lass isn’t singing and Ashley is 100% committed.

    I feel the need to be committed.

    I’ll fill in the whatyamacallit.

    Thats a good article that Jib posted Arab buisness or something, that alone shows Masters and the Prem to be not fit for purpose.

    I never expected this deal to go through, if it did the future of football would be black n white.

    They’d create a unstoppable monster, we have more fans turn up in Milan without tickets than Citeh can get for a home CL match.

    Every neutral would follow us because of the passion of the fans, the old guard aren’t ready to surrender yet.

    Tw@s

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  • Cathedral on the hill

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #73

    Hibbit
    No read nothing by him before, was in the chron this morning. Thought it was absolute bang on. Short sharp and very much to the point.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #74

    wheres Kevin Vegan gone?

    Kevin, you can be a pain in the arse, well now we need someone exactly like you mate to help us out.You want ashley out then get involved.

    Get on twitter for a start, lots of work to be done lad!.

    If we go down, we go down swinging.

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  • simon376

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #75

    Got you Mund, ta

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #76

    just passed 35000

    2
  • jonnyshaw85

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #77

    Mund: what’s your twitter handle?

    0
  • Northumbrian

    Aug 1, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #78

    Gothmog, its funny how he disappeared, maybe his work is done.

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  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #80

    That’s mine jonny

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