Lie – Newcastle for Sale…. For 20 Months

October 16 2017 - St James Holdings Statement
As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St. James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions.  As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.  To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.  To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.  A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions

January 16 2018 - NUFC source
“It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP. Attempts to reach a deal have proved to be exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time"

January 19 2018 - Amanda Staveley
“I’m very much still interested in buying Newcastle, and our [£350m] bid remains on the table.  I’m very concerned, I’m very surprised and I’m disappointed about what’s been said this week.  The suggestion that we were either wasting time or not serious is absurd. It’s hurtful. Hugely hurtful.  This is something we’ve been working really hard on.  It’s not something we’ve just thrown together. I’m putting a lot of my own capital into this and our investors, who come from around the world, include sovereign wealth funds."

October 5 2018 - Fans Forum
The club remains for sale.  The club has a very clear and reasonable process for individuals or groups who express an interest in purchasing the club. There has not been a lot of serious interest and a sale is not close as it stands.  The owner wants a fair price and has been open to the dating of payments to achieve a sale. In addition the buyer must be someone, or a group, that can take the football club forward and support it financially better than he can.  It is important to disclose that there have been groups who have expressed an initial interest, but who have been discouraged with proceeding due to the visibility and scrutiny that comes with the football club.  Anything around the sale will come from the club rather than other sources.

December 3 2018 - Mike Ashley
"I am hopeful – for the Newcastle fans, for the club, for everybody, that I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in that will please everybody.  I'd like it to be before the January transfer window.  It's possible. Realistic is maybe too strong a word.  Hopefully, we can carry on the good form – the just recent good form – and we can get the deal done. [Talks are] Not exclusive. But talks are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been. Yes I'm very keen to sell it to the right buyer so that everybody's happy, That would be good news."

January 4 2019 - Peter Kenyon
"I know I speak for both of us in that we continue to share a serious determination to finalise the agreement we have to suit both parties as soon as possible in the new year.  We have both spent many months discussing the parameters of a final deal and as you know we have also invested heavily in time and money on our various legal and financial advisors.  And I appreciate the time and effort committed to the detailed discussions by your advisors, lawyers, club, and, of course, yourself.  I fully respect your desire to ensure the next owners of Newcastle United understand the club, football, and have the appropriate financial resources, and I am delighted that you think the investor group led by myself is the best fit.  On my side, I would like to personally assure you that I am committed to conclude our deal as soon as possible and, while we are both perhaps frustrated that we have not progressed as quickly as we would have wished, I would like to express personal gratitude for your patience and integrity in this matter and hope we can continue our discussions in the same spirit."

April 18 2019 - NUFC Accounts
"As a result of the [£33m loan] repayment, the amount due to the owner now stands at £111m, all of which is considered, by the owner, to be long term in nature having been in place for over a decade, and repayable only in the event of the sale of the club.

May 27 2019 - Bin Zayed Group
"In response to the numerous reports in the world media this morning, we would like to comment as follows, we can confirm that representatives of His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan are in discussions with Mike Ashley and his team, about the proposed acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club.  We view it as an honour to have the opportunity to build on the strong support, history and tradition of the club. We have agreed terms and are working hard to complete the transaction at the earliest opportunity."

May 29 2019 - Bin Zayed Group
"In consideration of the numerous speculations in regards to the timelines of the acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club by Bin Zayed Group, we feel the need to issue this statement.  Terms have been agreed between us and Mike Ashley; these terms have been reflected in a document, signed by both parties, which has been forwarded to the Premier League.  The proof of funds statement was forwarded to Mike Ashley’s lawyers on 17 April 2019.  The so called fit-and-proper Premier League process is a standard procedure which will take time, and we are doing all we can to assist the Premier League during this process.  We feel the need to clarify this point in order for the fans and the general public to understand the timelines."

June 2019 - NUFC
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