Mike Ashley PR stunt reaches its final stages – First Rafa Benitez, now a takeover / transfers..

Some Mike Ashley theories can be a little far-fetched (not that I’d blame any fan for being extremely cynical), but there’s something seriously wrong with the way our summer has panned out so far – and it stinks of another big PR stunt.

Mike Ashley had a few simple steps to take this summer following our 4-0 win at Fulham on the final day. Meet with Rafa, agree to a few simple compromises (he wasn’t asking for the world or hundreds of millions), get his contract signed and make our first arrival Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal.

None of this has happened, and, not only that, he appears to have done a very good job in dragging out this ‘proposed takeover’ too.

We obviously don’t know the ins and outs of any deal with the BZG, but who is more likely to be holding it up? A proven liar and power drinker who’s known to move goalposts, set unrealistic demands and fail to communicate…..OR, a well-respected group from the UAE who A) have nothing to gain from this being a big PR stunt on their behalves and B) a party who have been pretty clear from the outset via their statements.

So, what was Ashley’s PR stunt? In short, I believe he was never seriously interested in keeping Rafa Benitez and Newcastle and never planning on keeping Rondon. He knew his stance on both would infuriate fans desperate to see both stay, so he allowed the takeover talk (which conveniently emerged at the end of May) to play out. Not only has this ray of hope filled the void Rafa Benitez has left and provided some form of distraction, it’s given him another excuse not to spend money in the transfer window – all while he cashes in on / fails to sign our top assets from last season.

Also, BZG released a statements claiming a takeover agreement WEEKS ago now. The club did NOTHING to deny these claims, but, several weeks on and the day after season ticket renewals have ended, the club are saying no bid is on the table. It doesn’t add up, but it stinks of a Mike Ashley PR stunt and seems all too convenient/familiar from his perspective.

BZG released bold statements that the club failed to deny. Monochrome was set up. Heads of terms were signed and submitted. Proof of funds were provided. So, the only way this deal falls through is if Mike Ashley decides he wants it to – and, sadly, I fear that this could be the case.

Just look at this from the Shields Gazette’s Liam Kenedy – EVERYTHING points to genuine interest from the BZG, so, in theory, the only man left to scupper the deal is you know who..

I hope I’m wrong, but with Rafa now gone, no Rondon, Perez sold (£30m pocketed by Ashley), no new manager and no new signings, I fear this ‘proposed takeover’ to fall through just a week or two before the summer window shuts and the season starts.

Mike Ashley is a liar, an asset stripper and a man who is only interested in milking his cash cow – no matter how much he destroys our club.

We’ve had a shambolic summer so far, yet it still looks likely that Hayden will leave – and I dread to think what will happen if Man Utd do come in with a sizeable offer for Sean Longstaff.

I imagine we’ll appoint a new manager towards the middle of this month and then we’ll look at making a few last minute signings – something which also stinks of Ashley given he likes to sign players late in the day to save on a few months worth of wages!

A cynical rant and, again, I can’t stress enough how much I hope to be proved wrong here, but I can’t help but feel everything is designed to disguise what Ashley is doing to this club.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

22 thoughts on “Mike Ashley PR stunt reaches its final stages – First Rafa Benitez, now a takeover / transfers..

  1. Ok. I’ve said most of this on here anyway but it needed to be said again.
    Rafa would have cost him more than the 6 million he was already paying….. Roberto Martinez is earning just over 1 million with Belgium. Half of rafas wage could in cashleys eyes tempt him.
    3 mil saved. From what I can gather he wants closer to 400 mil for the club yet an apparent 350 deal has been struck so… Perez 30 mil… Hayden 15-20 mil makes his money up. His very very very worst move could be yet to come with a big money deal with man u for our best prospect in years.
    I can see why rafas gone..and Perez. Please if their is a God let the takeover happen soon.
    I can honestly say in 47 years I’ve never felt this level of hatred for anyone as i do for cashley.

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  2. If anyone has doubt that Ashley is cynical b…ard is deluded. HE IS playing with Newcastle fans because he was not recieved like a savior at the begining ang was critiqued. So he decided he will have a toy that does not even cost him anything.

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  3. Definitely never spending anymore money on NUFC , never stepping foot near the ground until this man I’ve grown to hate is gone , I really really really really hate Mike Ashley the most greedy man in the world …..oh , and what a liar he is too.
    A horrible man who is our to destroy our great club .
    Ashley get out of our club you big fat ****.

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  4. Be nice to bump into the fcb down the bigg market on a Saturday night and talk over rafa,takeover, what happend to all the cash generated by transfers sky payments the cash paid for stadium advertising. Yes I think a lot of supporters would like bump into you!!! Boycott boycott boycott adulthood

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  5. of corse there renewing season tickets as they do every year, ashley knows that and guess what next year in the break/transfer window he will be selling the club again and il read on here how its the real deal this time and you will go buy your season tickets again, i used to get so annoyed by ashley now i get annoyed at how dumb thousands for people can be

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  6. I dont know what’s going on but seriously, can people stop thinking that agreeing a price and placing a bid is the same thing,

    Imagine going to a car company and you want to buy a car (nufc), you agree a price (sale agreement), prove you can pay the deposit (proof of funds), prove to the finance company you can pay them back for the loan (premier league proper persons test), then you pay for the damn thing (the bid)

    I dont usually post across the forums but peoples stupidity on this has reached tipping point now.

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  7. Surely to God…the Premier league and the FA must have something in their constitutions in regard to Ashleys flagrant raping and total missuse of one of the oldest clubs in the league.
    If they dont, they bloody well aught to.
    Whats happening at Newcastle United is a damned disgrace and those in authority stand by doing NOTHING…!

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  8. I have had an incline that it was fake as xxxx I never ever believe because he’s to controlling for that. Think about it in an owner’s prospective if you owned a premier league club and making all that money while floating above relegation and no signings why would you want to sell he’s an fuc ING mug.

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  9. There is no takeover, never has been! Wake up people it’s not happening today, tomorrow or in the distant future. Stop putting yourselves through all this pain and walk away NOW! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, when the parasite has gone we can all return.

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  10. Clive:
    Is anyone seriously renewing season tickets!

    Nope. Letting me and me missus seats go. Ain’t looking back neither. Reckon life will be agony free from now on. Let me know when HE has gone!

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  11. We have NOT renewed our season tickets and will boycott SJP until the slug has left our club. He is evil and if i could i take up voodoo and put a hext on the *******. I hate the slug
    Oh NUFC what **** he is.

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  12. Opening game of the new season 51k turn up, fact. Support the team not the regime, didn’t Keith Bishop come up with that line?

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  13. C’mon people how ****ing stupid and gullible can you be
    No takeover
    Get your season tickets
    All money generated will go into players
    Fuck me it’s all lies
    Give the horrible ******* NOTHING
    but you’ll still give him his season ticket money
    Grow a set EH

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  14. Nothing can do by us…The Fatt Arrogant f_cker Alredi full Controller of our club..I’m totally devastated..As real Fan..the only thing we can do is boycott# boycott#boycott#boycott
    Untill fatty run away from our club
    Be United
    Always NEWCASTLE UNITED
    From Malaysian Fan ➡

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  15. Olly – there used to be a time when you were more positive and upbeat.

    Now you might as well shut down the site because you’re just spouting the same stuff as the Mag.

    Oh, and whats with all the bloody ads and videos spouting up everywhere?
    I appreciate you need to make a living, but we also need to be able to read it without having to navigate bloody ads all the time.

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  16. Briiian:
    Olly – there used to be a time when you were more positive and upbeat.

    Now you might as well shut down the site because you’re just spouting the same stuff as the Mag.

    Oh, and whats with all the bloody ads and videos spouting up everywhere?
    I appreciate you need to make a living, but we also need to be able to read it without having to navigate bloody ads all the time.

    It’s hard to be upbeat at the minute mate. I’ll always search for positives or glimmers of hope, but right now all things point to Mike Ashley being up to his old tricks. I’m just being honest here and can’t stress enough how much I hope I’m wrong.

    Not sure why reacting honestly to a devastating situation the club now finds itself in warrants me shutting down the blog!

    Re. the ads etc., I don’t control that but will have a world with the blog’s owner.

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  17. I am Glasgow rangers man and I really feel for Newcastle the fat Slugg is having a court battle with my club he is a greedy fat PARASITE good luck for the new season u will need it with that prickly as owner away the lads Andyou Mac

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