NUFC release takeover statement – “Never say never, Mike Ashley is 100% committed to this deal”

Newcastle United have spoken out on about a potential takeover this morning for the first time since the Saudi consortium agreed a deal with Mike Ashley back in April.

The statement, released to Sky Sports by MD Lee Charnley, insists Mike Ashley is still “100% committed” to selling to the Saudis, and states “never say never” – an intriguing yet bizarre hint to make just 24 hours on from their ‘withdrawal’.

To finish, Charnley then insists that the club must focus on backing Steve Bruce in the transfer market for now, with the new season just six weeks away:

“We acknowledge yesterday’s statement.

“Never say never, but to be clear Mike Ashley is 100% committed to this deal (sale).

“However our current focus must now be on supporting Steve Bruce in the transfer market and on the preparations for the new season.”

A hint that this isn’t over just yet? And an acceptance that Mike Ashley really is determined to sell up this time?

It may be a glimmer of hope, however it’s pretty damning that we are now in a vital stage of our preparations for 2020/21, yet have an owner who wants out, buyers who’ve just ‘ withdrawn’ their bid and a club that badly needs investment that Ashley won’t be willing to offer.

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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.

3 thoughts on “NUFC release takeover statement – “Never say never, Mike Ashley is 100% committed to this deal”

  1. Investment in the city as well as club gone government should be ashamed to let this happen remember this when voting unacceptable underhand actions by the corrupt pl

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  2. The sale saga continues for all parties involved at NUFC, in particular the supporters who adore this magnificent club. The stress of being emotionally attached as a fan has and continues to be torturous, with social media providing little in terms of accurate news or updates – other than we are within days or weeks of completion or the sale breaking down. Whilst I have empathy with those that opposed this sale; from a fans perspective it is difficult to understand that PIC can invest in major blue chip companies around the world, the Saudi’s trade with our country and others without any issues of due diligence etc. In addition, the sale of various football clubs to oligarchs, wealthy businessmen who have political or national interests weren’t rejected before – so why us? My heart is broken over this falling through – 47 years of hope since I started supporting the club and each new season now filled with trepidation and anxiety……not hope. The PL have let us down!

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  3. Boycott the Premier League, March on Premier League HQ, refuse to go into SJP next season and sing from the ffffing rooftops why, shame and embarrass Masters on Match of the Day and give Shearer reason to slag them off.
    They’ve trust us like filth, so **** em, Saudis are fit and proper to buy our missiles and bombs, the Saudis are fit and proper to spend billions in Fffing London BUT not fit and proper to spend multi millions in Newcastle???!

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