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Newcastle United – News Roundup – 14 July 2009.

Posted on July 14th, 2009 | 26 Comments |

Here 'til January?
Here 'til January?
We’ll start today with a piece from the Guardian by Louise Taylor who suggests that the club might not be sold this summer. The reason for this, she claims, is that the due diligence process has revealed troubling facts about the club’s financial liabilities. The club’s ever busy ‘source’ has been pontificating about matters again, saying:

“The process is moving extremely slowly, there is still genuine hope of a sale but it’s not looking imminent. Newcastle comes with a lot of baggage.”

The article goes on to suggest that if the club isn’t sold before the August transfer window closes then it would not be sold until the January transfer window opens and Ashley would have to continue as owner in the interim.

Michael Owen finally admits he didn’t ‘do his bit’ for us in an article in The Express. He says:

“People have had some justification to have a go at me in certain parts. I didn’t set the world alight in the last year or so at Newcastle. That is no one’s fault but mine. We were not playing well as a team and I was not doing my bit either.”

He goes on to claim that he is fed up with the ‘injury-prone’ label and that his record of games played over the last two seasons was actually quite good. Ah, who cares? He’s not our problem any more.

TribalFootball suggests that Beye is now looking to leave the Toon in frustration at the current situation.

Sky Sports suggests that the club is ‘extremely upset’ by the cancellation of the Utrecht game and a club statement apologises to supporters for the inconvenience.

That’s it for today I’m afraid. I look forward to the day I can report some good news.

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26 Responses

  1. Morning Hugh, I’ve got to admit the longer this drags on the less likely it appears that a sale will be achieved this summer. From my recollection, all parties needed to prove they had the funds to buy, they were allowed access to the books to undertake due diligence, there was a cut off date to make an offer and now the final piece of the jigsaw, agreeing who the club will be sold to and agreeing sales terms is taking an eternity when the clock is ticking towards the start of the season. I know he is selling a football club and not a second hand car, but nevertheless there appears to be a major stumbling point and we have no idea what is Ashley’s bottom line, what is the minimum he would accept. He has demonstrated his pig headedness before which could well and truly put off a potential buyer, on the other hand he can’t really afford to keep the club. Are we going to see another about face with him saying he’s not going to sell, can he afford not to sell? Or will he eventually agree terms and we have a new owner in place for the start of the season? Too close to tell at the moment imo

  2. “There has been a change of circumstance. Will be here for the foreseeable future and we will move the club forward together.”

  3. ‘Morning Deb,

    I tend to agree. I appreciate the length of time these things take but I’m nervous about the way this is going. It might just be that some of the press reports (such as the one I quoted above) are making me unnecessarily jumpy, but I can’t help it.

    The prospect of Ashley having to run the club until January – and unlikely to want to spend anything on rebuilding it, knowing he plans to sell as soon as he can – is terrifying.

  4. Saw some of them BB. The alleged press conference tomorrow. One of Dein’s mates buying a third of the club, Dein as Chief Exec, Ashley to stay, and Shearer to be appointed – was that about the gist of it?

  5. I’m really disappointed I haven’t been able to contribute more this place as I’m ridiculously busy at work and at home. Saying that, there’s nothing to get passionate about with NUFC anymore. At least before we could shout and moan about the results, the way the club was being ran, now it’s just a big fat nothing.
    My father-in-law who isn’t a mag said to him it looks like NUFC closed it’s doors on the last day of the season, everyone went home and on the first day of the season the doors will be opened again and people will come back to work. It’s basically a summer shut down.
    He’s right.
    I’ve got a really good idea for an article, but I just can’t get motivated to write it when we are in such a mess. I was actually looking forward to the start of the season. Now I don’t even know if we will even start. I just can’t imagine not having NUFC, but the way things are going they may as well just wind the club up.

  6. Worky

    ‘Something really must be done about Louise Taylor. She’s worse than Hitler.’

    I know she’s a biased mackem but that’s a bit extreme!

  7. Micky Toon says:
    July 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    “I’m really disappointed I haven’t been able to contribute more this place as I’m ridiculously busy at work and at home. Saying that, there’s nothing to get passionate about with NUFC anymore.”

    Whenever you’re ready, Micky. Looking forward to your next one.

    Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing all these bairns coming through now the worst has happened.

  8. MT – Get it written man.

    H’way, we just need to keep our chins up. Something will happen, sometime soon……..

    Think of Chumbawumba.

  9. Hitler never did anything to me or my ancestors so I agree, that ugly Mackem slag is worse than Hitler.

  10. geordie deb says:
    July 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    “Worky

    ‘Something really must be done about Louise Taylor. She’s worse than Hitler.’

    I know she’s a biased mackem but that’s a bit extreme!”

    Perhaps Hitler was the wrong comparison, Deb. She’s more like a Mackem Josef Goebbels with her malicious anti Toon propaganda.

  11. 52times says:
    July 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

    “And now Beye wants out. Thanks Mike.”

    This is what the fans wanted, 52.

    They wanted it the first time as well, and it ended up with us having five managerial changes in one season, followed by an almost inevitable relegation. People should be careful what they wish for sometimes.

  12. i think it was fat fred that once said when asked about the club always being in the headlines

    the time to worry is when were not being talked about

    well theres nothing to talk about and im worrying

  13. worky

    you may have to edit or delete esamims comment no 21 on
    Steve Harper: Newcastle United “dying slow and painful death

    for legal reasons

  14. stardust are u there m8 have u seen the story what ur m8 troy stavers is coming oot with wot a knob

  15. beyethegreat says:
    July 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “worky

    you may have to edit or delete esamims comment no 21 on
    Steve Harper: Newcastle United “dying slow and painful death

    for legal reasons”

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Beye.

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