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Petition For Independent Review, Two Week Ultimatum, And Mauriss Source Speaks – Today’s News Roundup

A petition to launch to an independent review of the Newcastle takeover is gaining momentum, Mike Ashly issues a put up or shut up declaration to Clear TV CEO Henry Mauriss, and a source close to Mauriss responds to the publicity surrounding the mogul’s pursuit of Newcastle United.

Here is the roundup of today’s articles and news from The Newcastle United Blog.

Note – here’s a petition to sign to get an independent review of the EPL Takeover process – please sign it – thanks.

225 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Buss, thank you Neil, repost.

    I have just emailed Boris.

    Dear Mr Johnson

    As a lifelong long NUFC supporter I am naturally very disappointed the proposed takeover of the club has failed.

    I also find it rather strange that the proposed buyers should find so many obstacles being placed in their way by the English Premier League, these are the very same people and country with whom our government deal with on a regular basis and who seem to be favoured allies of the British government.

    A successful takeover by them would have resulted in massive investment in a region that would benefit immensely from this. Something I would think you would want given that you have said that ”The North’ has been badly neglected for many decades.

    A subtle word in the ear of Mr Richard Masters by yourself would surely be enough to have got this deal across the line and indeed your intervention now might even be enough to resuscitate it.

    I would like to remind you that the election of your government was greatly assisted by voters in ‘The North’ so perhaps you might feel that there is some appreciation by and you would want to replicate this gesture.

    I understand that this email will be passed on to my local MP Mr David Amess, but it is written specifically to you and I hope that you will act on me and my fellow Toon fans behalf to use your influence and see that this takeover bid is reactivated to the benefit of this country as a whole and not just the very underprivileged North East


  • The ledge

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #2

    EGB…..fair play pal .

  • jane

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #3

    “A subtle word in the ear of Mr Richard Masters by yourself would surely be enough to have got this deal across the line”

    is that how it works?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #4

    I see the Victor Fernandez has found a new club already, they have signed a future star, I’d like to think we have a buy back clause of some kind but I doubt if that is the case.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #5


    I haven’t a clue but I would have thought that pressure from a high government official would have some affect.

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #6

    So where is the cub in all of this ?
    Silence, still no comment
    All weve gotten is some BS 2nd bidder youd have to be a total idiot to believe
    No actions of any kind, like it didnt happen

    Strange indeed

    If as it seems we arnt being sold you think any owner with 2 brain cells to rub together would have acted by now, did something


  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7


    Email your MP, make a complain

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Some poor grammar there but it gets the message across. 🙂

  • The ledge

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Alexa Volume down.

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10


    Get the turd to sell the club

  • jane

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11

    “I would have thought that pressure from a high government official would have some affect.”

    fair point

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #12

    So he actually wanted to sell then
    What will that mean to his tat shop empire then ?
    Hes thought he was going to have 300 million by now

    Maybe hes in some real trouble now, maybe the whole thing will collapse

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Hes got multiple investigations across multiple companies within the Fras group
    He still hasnt fully resolved the HMRC documents investigation which both sides will undoubtedly launch a Supreme Court appeal from SD in 2016
    Hes late for his accounts across every business
    We have gone from making him 300 million to costing him money now, until he can rob the TV money again

    Tight margins and an empire in utter turmoil
    Lets hope we finnish him with the non sale

  • kilcline

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Dear member,

    We are once again writing to you about the failed takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium consisting of PIF, Amanda Staveley, and the Rueben brothers.

    Since our last email on Friday and a subsequent request for ideas from members about how the Trust can react to represent our members, we have experienced a large increase in membership and received hundreds of emails with feedback on what the Trust does next.

    On Saturday Alex Hurst Trust chair spoke to Amanda Staveley by telephone after being introduced by George Caulkin of The Athletic. Amanda had been clear in her interview with George (read here) that she felt Newcastle United fans could play a role.

    ‘If they want this back on they’re going to have to go back to the Premier League and say this isn’t fair’.

    With that in mind, it seemed sensible as the largest Newcastle United member organisation (and the only one recognised by the Premier League) that we try and speak to Amanda Staveley to see what the Trust could do in this regard.

    Thanks to that introduction from George our Chair Alex spoke to Amanda by phone, who reiterated how upset both she and the other buyers were about the Premier League’s lack of decision and that Mike Ashley was still very keen to sell her consortium the club.

    In terms of what we could do as a Trust and the wider fan base – answers from the Premier League are crucial at this point both for the fans of Newcastle United and the consortium buying the club.

    The Trust already had plans to reach out to the Premier League both directly and through the Football Supporters Association.

    This is still very much the plan, but in order to harness member feedback beyond the hundreds of excellent emails that have been sent to us, we will aim to have an open forum online in the coming days to understand how best to proceed. We are a member organisation and need to take member feedback on this.

    That Amanda Staveley has spoken to the Trust is a testament to our strength in numbers. United we stand a far greater chance of getting a resolution we desire. We have got to come together as a fan base. For too long there has been abuse and derision aimed toward anyone trying to bring fans together. When we’re stood on the Gallowgate or in an away end together then it’s our collective voices that have made us famous the world over. That show of strength and unity has made Newcastle United famous.

    For the sake of the future and the football club, if there is a small chance, we can get answers from the Premier League which could aid this process and get information and an explanation we must come together and we must do it now.

    The Trust exists for the supporters of Newcastle United. We have a common purpose that unites us.

    The board of the Trust does not have all the answers on what to do next. We know that abuse, intimidation, and spam will not get us the answers we seek.

    We need to come together as support, behind this Trust, and work to do what we can to get the answers we need.

    That both Newcastle United is committed to the sale and the buyers are committed to the sale suggests that anything is still possible. It is not our position to give supporters false hope or suggest that this takeover could still go through and the PIF statement suggests otherwise.

    However, Amanda Staveley has outlined that supporters have a role to play in making ourselves heard with the Premier League and also that we seek answers from them.

    We can do that. We can do that easily, but we have to be United and there has to be an effort by all fans either individually or in groups to unite over this.

    Now is the time for supporters to make the difference that we know we are capable of making.

    More information will follow this week about our plans. In the meantime we urge you to help us grow our membership so that when we speak to the Premier League it isn’t for just ten thousand we speak, but the whole fanbase.

    NUST Board

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    I was emailed another address to use to contact Boris.


    This I have now done although I suspect it will just be binned.

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #16

    50,000 coming up, half way there bony lads n’ lasses…

  • geordie157

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #17

    50,003 now

    Let’s keep it going

  • Dondatta13

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #18

    50,023 Well done everyone concerned!!!!

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #19


    Unless Boris is your local MP all that will happen is you will be directed by his people to do so
    Ive tried it last time, thats what happened
    An MP from another part of the country will always direct you to use your locally elected representative, its the law
    Ive harped on about it enough now, if you want some kind of action contact your local MP

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20


    check your email, you will have an out of office reply from Boris, saying that he only responds to that email if you live in his constituency and that if you want to contact him from his PM role to click a link and submit a message there – only 1000 characters tho.

    at least thats what i got 🙂

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #21
  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Send the exact same message to your local MP
    You will get a response, they are duty bound to reply
    If enough people do so it becomes very political indeed

    They cant ignore you if you elected them into office

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Acting upon the concerns of their local constituents is basically your MPs job
    Its what they do for a living
    They like acting upon such things as it shows they are doing something the community wants
    Its what gets them re elected

    Its gold dust to them

  • Mund

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #24

    50 thousand screaming Geordies demand an answer and still rising. There was a few who said they doubt it would get to 30K that’s the attitude of some fans.

    Incredible effort and no end in sight of it slowing down. I think a lot of other fans are getting involved because this isn’t about just us this is about everybody outside the elite

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Just in case its back up and running again,

  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Anybody got a link for nust to join up up

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #27

    TMW goggle nust you’ll find a sign up link.

  • Harrogate mag

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Well done to everyone involved in this petition. …thank you all…..right I’m off goodnight and take care guys

  • Optimistic prime

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyone asked Ashley to sign the petition?

  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Cheers northumbrian

  • FloridaToon

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe the Trust should file a lawsuit against the PL and in particular Masters. I would think at the very least it would require the PL to produce documents giving everyone a better idea of what happened.

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    TMW you found it OK then.

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Floridatoon they asked for member suggestions earlier today and I’m sure that would have been suggested but I’ll suggest it later just in case.

  • The ledge

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Hope jimiley is not to upset Lmfao.
    Fair play to All .
    Feck the begrudgers .
    When we are truly United we can achieve our goals .

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35


    Yeah got that already.


    Yes i know that’s something I intend to do, i have emailed Mr Amess on many occasions on several matters.

  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheers northumbrian found it ok but only way to join seems to be thru paypal. Gonna email them as I haven’t got a paypalaccount

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Optimistic prime



    Worth a shot lmfao

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #38

    TMW easier to get PayPal lol.

  • Northumbrian

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #39

    TMW just been thinking back and I paid thru my card not PayPal mate.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Florida Toon

    I have suggested just that but as you say NUST will have more clout if that path was followed.

    Surely the emotional and economic hurt from their inability to to proceed fairly with the takeover is grounds for a court action.

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