Martin Hardy drops new takeover bombshell – Ashley to risk BZG deal & leave NUFC in limbo?

According to Martin Hardy, “any movement at all” on the takeover front won’t come for ‘another six weeks‘ – meaning we *could* be left in limbo until August 5th (THREE days before the transfer window shuts and SIX days before our first game of the season).

To say this is concerning to hear from such a well respected north-east reporter is an understatement, with it only adding more uncertainty to a takeover picture that has dragged on enough as it is.

Should these claims be true, one immediate worry is the fact the Bin Zayed Group made it clear in their two statements that they were working hard to complete a deal quickly, with the Chronicle highlighting a ‘deadline’ of June 30th in a takeover piece yesterday.

If this is the case, you can’t help but wonder if Mike Ashley could be about to scupper yet another potential takeover.

As highlighted below, the timing of it all would be worryingly convenient. Guess what, the transfer window shuts in just over 6 weeks time!



Martin Hardy’s claim could be due to the fact the club may now be looking for a Rafa Benitez replacement, but surely it’s got to be one or the other at this stage – either the club decide a takeover isn’t happening and appoint their own man (god forbid!) or they cut their losses and sell up to allow new owners to get on with it.

Either way, this is extremely concerning to hear from a well respected North-East reporter, making you question whether this is just another ‘fakeover’ in a bid to avoid spending this summer.

I could take these ‘six weeks’ claims with a real a pinch of salt if this came from the Sun or some other national paper, with this being the sort of scaremongering claim that would send Newcastle fans into a frenzy, but this from Martin Hardy is a real concern – especially when the Bin Zayed Group have allegedly outlined the end of THIS month as a takeover deadline.

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14 thoughts on “Martin Hardy drops new takeover bombshell – Ashley to risk BZG deal & leave NUFC in limbo?

  1. Everybody has a claim to make but no actual factual quotes or announcements, its easier to make something up when there is no news. It’s called rumours.

    People hate Ashley and because these stories are painting him in a worse light(if that is possible) then fans are believing them. It’s all doom and gloom but we haven’t even begun the pre season yet as everyone is on holiday. When do they return? Next week so let’s hope for something then, until then I’m hoping for the best outcome BZG takeover. 😛

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  2. What a shambles we’ve become laughing stock of the country absolute disgrace, not to worry though fickle fans will still line fat bags pocket if we’re not taking over and rafa leaves then I’m done after 50yrs of support

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  3. “According to Martin Hardy”………
    It’s pure speculation made up to sell papers…total load of garbage!

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  4. The whole thing is frustrating journo’s as well as supporters. No one knows, everybody cares. Fuel for rumours.

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  5. Was never selling in the first place why on earth would he get rid of his cash cow when all us idiots keep turning up and giving him our money no wonder we’re the laughing stock of football

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  6. If as suspected Ashley buggers up both Rafa and the proposed purchase then the majority of fans should boycott the home matches and hit the fat man in the pocket.How much does Ashley actually take out of the club each season?Appointing Monk is surely a joke.The club could end up in serious trouble.

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  7. No one knew anything about a takeover or bidders. Now everyone and their dog, including ex cricketers FFS!, claim to be in the loop on everything.
    Utter bollo@ks. This same site keeps referring to Douglas, Ryder and Waugh as ‘respected journo’s’, lol!

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  8. sickandtired:
    No one knew anything about a takeover or bidders. Now everyone and their dog, including ex cricketers FFS!, claim to be in the loop on everything.
    Utter bollo@ks. This same site keeps referring to Douglas, Ryder and Waugh as ‘respected journo’s’, lol!

    These ‘respected journo’s’ said Rafa was leaving on Friday (George Caulkin) – and look what’s been announced today 😐

    I wish I could believe this isn’t true, but it sounds just like MA!

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  9. Takeover near lads , they want Jose Mourinho so have allowed Rafa to go to China for 4 times his pay , wouldn’t all of us in our jobs .
    Now if fat man puts Hughes , Vieira or monk in then there is no takeover because that just won’t make sense would it !! Not rocket sience lads .

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  10. Its in the hands of the fans.
    Anybody buying or renewing season tickets now want their heads examining and deserve all they get.
    Its simple, don’t buy season tickets until he sells up. Its not rocket science. The only way to hurt
    Ashley is in the pocket.
    He will be laughing at us now knowing the cash will flow in

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  11. Martin Hardy is a Sunderland supporter

    Can’t believe anything he says regarding Newcastle

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  12. An interesting theory if nuf c appoint a new manager he will have a contract. Will nuf c be involving the takeover parties in this as if he is the wrong man they will have to pay his contract up and get someone else. Surely the latest developments clearly show takeover lies again by ashley

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  13. But they won’t they are like blinkered sheep with the pathetic excuse ‘ we support the club’ Ashley is the club and grow some and stop sticking your heads in the sand

    Mike Elliott:
    If as suspected Ashley buggers up both Rafa and the proposed purchase then the majority of fans should boycott the home matches and hit the fat man in the pocket.How much does Ashley actually take out of the club each season?Appointing Monk is surely a joke.The club could end up in serious trouble.

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