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coachtfd · 3 months ago
Newcastle fans need to calm down, because having wealthy owners doesn’t automatically mean titles & Champions League football. They can look back to City’s financial revolution for an accurate expectation of things to come. They’ll have to gut the squad and recruit WAY better, overhaul the academy setup, and get in a manager that can actually build and coach a winning team. Also, they’ll need a massive media and marketing upgrade as well, so there’s a major business component too. That’s a 5-6 year process for this club AT LEAST. You’re not getting Conté and if you did, he’s gonna be gone in two seasons or less because this team, this club, can’t improve fast enough for him.
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fuckyeaharthuriana · 11 months ago
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arthurian books i’ve read:
The Camelot Chronicles (edited by Mike Ashlet)
Another Mike Ashley edited collection, no real common theme, just arthurian short stories by famous arthurian authors
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roseitalks · 10 months ago
Club is rotten to the core.
We’ve got one of our best squads, for last few years that is. But yet it’s going further and further down the toilet.
We’re being managed by a guy who seems he wants the sack, because even though HE says he wants what is BEST for the club, but yet is seemingly playing like wanting the sack, because he’ll get a big compensation because of it. He doesn’t give a shit about Newcastle. It’s clear as day. If he actually did, he would’ve walked ages ago, but he fucking won’t.
We’ve got a board who don’t want to spend that to get rid of him. When we need a break, we need a boost, we need a change. This is the most avoidable relegation ever, yet we’re not taking advantage of it, and instead letting it happen. While our owner is more concern in apparently ‘selling the club’ when I find that complete bullshit.
If he wanted to sell, he would’ve lowered his price, or at the very least, wanted to ensure that the club STAYS in the PL, so that he can get the money HE wants for it. But yet, he’s not doing that. There is no takeover, it’s just a boost to his fat ass ego. Nothing more. All the hard work Rafa did to make this a team, is all going up in smoke.
What’s the point in being a fan. When we get something to cheer for, build it up, and then have it all taken away again. I can accept last relegation, as we needed a fucking sorting out. But this. This just sucks.
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zizouiqbal · a year ago
Mike Ashley still owns that sorry excuse of a football club ahh I'm so happy fuck Newcastle!
I said what I said. I didn't stutter.
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newcastlefanstv · a year ago
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oneminutemoneymagazine · 2 years ago
Investment in Property Funds
Apologies for the delay in posting this item because of the holiday period, but the topic still remains relevant.  There have been some worries caused by the M & G Property Fund stopping the selling of units for the time being.  There’s more on https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50714866  However, property is very much a long term investment and investors should not be over concerned unless they have failed to diversify and hence hold too high a proportion of their assets in one sector.
Property funds or unit trusts hold a range of commercial properties (as opposed to domestic houses and flats).  Most of the doom and gloom concerns retail units (shops), but they will also hold offices, factory sites and warehouses.  The last category should be enhanced by the growth in online shopping and offices and factory sites should be largely unaffected.
Regarding shop premises, landlords/property fund managers need anecdotally to show more flexibility towards their tenants.  Sport Direct’s Mike Ashley has been particularly vocal in his comments about “greedy landlords” and I can point to no less than three vacant sites in Guildford where the landlord is receiving no rent instead of a reduced rent.  Some blocks of retail units on the edges of town centres can be redeveloped into housing when their leases come to an end.  In London and the south of England, big capital profits can be made at this stage.
To conclude, there is absolutely no need for the holder of a diversified investment portfolio to worry, let alone panic.  Some “contrarians” may even be thinking about a possible buying opportunity.
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lettersfromthelighthouse · 2 years ago
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Title: From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea Author: Mike Ashley (editor) First published: 2018 Dates read: 25. 08. – 11. 09. 2019 Category: first time read, own book Rating: 4/5 The book in five words or less: a solid and entertaining collection
My thoughts:
From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea is a collection of some fifteen short stories originally published between 1891 and 1932 and now reissued as part of the British Library Tales of the Weird series. I came across this collection by accident in a bookstore in Bristol during my trip to the UK in May and was mostly drawn in by the cover. However, it was the description – ‘a selection of early 20th century maritime ghost stories’ – that convinced me to pick up this book. Being used to – and a fan of – the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, I hoped to find something along those lines but from a later date, and I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. 
All the short stories in From the Depths are decidedly nautical, and most of them are mysteries and ghost stories with a touch of science fiction. Topics range from encounters with deep sea creatures and ghost ships, messages from the dead transmitted in Morse code, piracy, murder and revenge, mysterious floating islands, and the Sargasso Sea. The Titanic is mentioned more than once, and so are other famous shipwrecks and a variety of ocean locations. Most of the tales rely on mystery and narrative slow reveals rather than psychological horror, but they can all be described as a good yarn well told. 
As with all short story collections – especially those that contain works by different authors – the quality, length, and topics of the stories vary, but the collection as a whole is still solid and very entertaining. I also appreciated the short introductions to the respective authors the editor, Mike Ashley, has prefaced the individual stories with. These introductions both give a little more insight into the context the stories were written and published in, as well as the themes that connect them. 
Overall, the collection reads like the strange lovechild of Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells, and if those happen to be authors you like, I heartily recommend picking up From the Depths – if only to get an insight into the development of the maritime ghost story in the early 20th century.
My favourites: The Ship of Silence (Albert R. Wetjen), From the Darkness and the Depths (Morgan Robertson), Held by the Sargasso Sea (Frank H. Shaw), The Mystery of the Water-Logged Ship (William Hope Hodgson), The High Seas (Elinor Mordaunt), No Ships Pass (Lady Eleanor Smith)
Read if you like: ghost ships, early science fiction and gothic fiction, Edgar Allan Poe (especially The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, William Wilson, Message in a Bottle), Jules Verne, a good mystery tale
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cisarovna · 2 years ago
If I was Debenhams I wouldn’t want Mike Ashley to take over me either.
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calacuspr · 2 months ago
Calacus Weekly Hit & Miss – Steve Bruce & PIF
Every week we look at the best and worst communicators in the sports world from the previous week.
It should have been Steve Bruce’s dream job.
Despite his links to Sunderland, when Bruce was appointed as Newcastle manager in 2019, he made no secret that it was a lifetime’s ambition fulfilled.
He said: “I'm like every Geordie, who is now living that dream, and how lucky am I? I'm determined to grasp the opportunity and have a go.
"The most important thing is to keep the club moving forward. Over the last couple of years it's established itself in the Premier League - that's got to be a given - and my job is to try and follow and keep improving. That's what my aim will be."
Certainly things did not run as smoothly for Bruce as he would have hoped.
In his last 38 games in the Premier League, he won only seven and a lack of flair and frustrated the passionate home fans.
While every club has its clashes, the fact that Matt Ritchie and Bruce had such a public fall-out, with the winger labelling his manager a “coward” did not bode well - and the manager lacked backing from owner Mike Ashley.
Fans had often protested about Ashley’s ownership due to a litany of concerns such as his lack of investment in the team, trying to rename St James’s Park stadium, letting Jonas Gutierrez leave and not paying him a bonus after he had saved the club from relegation following cancer treatment and so many more…
Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey said at the time that he feared for Bruce’s wellbeing: “It can’t be good for somebody’s mental health and well being, you know, under this much stress.
“I think if anything is a positive, which also isn’t a positive, is the fact that there are no fans inside the stadium. I think it would have been even worse and it would have just been absolutely toxic.”
As the fans returned, despite seeming to accept that Ashley was the reason for the club’s struggles, it didn’t stop them jeering at Bruce when he took part in a lap of appreciation at the end of last season.
With the team struggling on the pitch this term, Bruce understandably came out fighting.
He proclaimed: “We want to be up amongst the big boys competing at the other end of the table and, unfortunately, that’s not possible at this moment, is it?
“That’s the frustration. Do you not think I want better players? Do you not think I want a better squad and to have the ability to go out and compete at the top end of the transfer market? I have to accept it and get on with my job as best I can. In these difficult moments I hope my experience can steer us along the right path. The situation’s not great – I understand that – but that’s where we are.
“When it gets tough, I don’t think: ‘Walk away Steve, the noise is too bad.’ My family think I’m a bit sick because, when I’m up against it, I never really think about those things [the abuse].
“It’s a challenge at the minute. It’s always difficult and I’d be sick if I said I enjoyed it but I have to accept that results have not been good enough. The frustration is that, if you don’t get results, the manager bears the brunt. But it’s not in my nature to walk away when we’re in a fight.”
Bruce was been dignified throughout his tenure at Newcastle, amid speculation that he would get sacked when the Saudi Arabia takeover was confirmed.
It meant that the club and its new owners had to confirm that Bruce would indeed reach the 1000-game milestone and guide the team against Tottenham Hotspur, a match they lost 3-1 after going ahead.
Within days, Bruce was sacked.
It says a great deal for the departed manager that he remained so dignified despite the abuse and criticism he suffered, the lack of support from his Board and ultimately the very real threat of dismissal.
It was left to Alan Shearer, the club’s leading goalscorer and a legend to all fans, to pay tribute to the job Bruce has done: “I know how tough it was for any manager at Newcastle for the last 14 years.
“I also know how badly Steve & his family wanted it to work. In difficult circumstances for everybody, he kept #NUFC up for two seasons. It’s a new era now, but thank you, Steve, for your effort & commitment.”
Allan Saint-Maximin, arguably one of Tyneside’s great best players at present, also praised Bruce: “You are, without a doubt, one of the most gentle people that I have ever met in the world of football.
“You have been a man of your word, a caring man and a fair man who never hesitated to protect us. I will never forget how you treated me, for that I will be forever grateful.”
In a heartfelt interview with the Daily Telegraph, Bruce laid out why he remained at Newcastle and the toll it had taken on him and his family but still resisting the temptation to directly lash out at those who had made it so difficult for him in one way or the other.
He explained: “By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.
“When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.
“The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points…this was all in the first season. We finished 13th. It [the criticism and abuse] got even worse in the second year. We finished 12th, 17 points clear of the bottom three.
“I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters."
“I wanted so badly to make it work. I was so proud to be manager of Newcastle United, even in the dark times, I was determined to keep going and to keep this club in the Premier League.
“The takeover rumours were rumbling on in the background but they would not have bought the club if it had been relegated. Everyone knew that.
“The only task I was given was to keep the club up. There wasn’t the money to overhaul the squad. Covid drained the club of money, there was virtually nothing to spend this summer, but I wouldn’t walk away from it.
“People told me to quit and if it hadn’t been Newcastle… I refused to give up. I just felt who could come in who was going to be better equipped to keep them up again than me?
"I’m really happy for the fans, the city, everyone associated with this great club. This takeover had to happen for the club to improve. It had to happen for Newcastle to have a chance to be the club we all think it should be.
“I did my best, I will leave it to other people to judge whether I did ok or not. I wish the new owners, the players, and fans nothing but the best. I’m excited about the club’s future. That is the most important thing.”
The takeover of Newcastle United by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has been met with joy and despair since it was confirmed in early October.
PIF have been trying to buy the club for a couple of years, with a dispute with Middle-Eastern broadcaster BEIN Sports proving to be a stumbling block.
When that ban was lifted, the takeover was swiftly completed, ending a controversial and mostly miserable reign under Mike Ashley.
While there was joy at Ashley’s departure and the promise of huge squad investment to see Newcastle compete for the Premier League title and beyond, there was justifiably some concern about the possibility of sports washing, where sports properties are bought to try and clean up a questionable reputation.
In the case of Saudi Arabia, the murder of Jamal  Khashoggi, a journalist who had once advised the government before he fell out of favour, particularly for his criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman and the kingdom's de facto ruler, shocked the world.
Khashoggi had cast a light on the human rights abuses that Saudi Arabia still conducts and Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), the group founded by Khashoggi before he was killed, expressed its concerns about the takeover going through.
Dawn’s Executive Director, Sarah Leah Whitson, said: “Newcastle has sold its name and reputation to a brutal government with a brutal ruler.
“They may as well put Bin Salman’s picture on the club’s emblem. It is now more apparent than ever that English football will sell itself to anyone, no matter how abhorrent their crimes, if they offer up enough money.
“I don’t think people really understand the corrupting influence that this deal will have. It normalises a dictator who literally goes around butchering journalists.”
As well as journalists and other critics, the kingdom’s LGBTQ+ community has also suffered at the hands of the government.
As The Athletic reported, there have been ‘multiple allegations of attempted cure therapy in some of the country’s “mental health” hospitals, mistreatment by the police, in addition to a growing campaign across Europe to secure the release of Suhail al-Jameel, a 25-year-old social media influencer reported to have been arrested in 2019 for posting a shirtless picture in leopard-print shorts on Twitter.
The Premier League made its own statement explaining why it had now allowed the takeover to be concluded: “Following the completion of the Premier League's Owners' and Directors' Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect.
“The legal disputes concerned which entities would own and/or have the ability to control the club following the takeover. All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club’s ownership.
“The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.”
It was perhaps telling given the questioning that may have come his way that the Premier League’s Chief Executive Richard Masters, has so far avoided any interviews.
The fact that the British government also refused to reveal what it told the Premier League about the PIF takeover of Newcastle United because it could "harm" relations with Saudi Arabia, smacks of profits before principle.
No wonder Labour MP for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Central, Chi Onwurah, who has been critical of the way the Premier League handles takeovers, said: "The lack of transparency and accountability by the Premier League and government is a sign of broken football governance.
"This is the first time we've heard it's an issue of diplomacy. There will be many fans who have concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record - if the government raised concerns, we deserve to know about it."
Amanda Staveley, the businesswoman who helped broker the deal, said in a recent interview with The Athletic that there were no links between PIF and the Saudi state: “Human rights we take very seriously, but our partner is PIF, not the Saudi state. The separation issue has been resolved. It’s not sportswashing. It’s investment.”
The question remains, though…if PIF is not linked to the Saudi state, why can Ms Staveley not come out and condemn human rights abuses, the war in Yemen or indeed the routine executions taking place in the Kingdom?
Only last year, the Premier League confirmed that state and fund are inextricably linked, as the Premier League said in a letter to Newcastle last year: “PIF’s directors are appointed by royal decree and its current board is almost exclusively composed of (Saudi) government ministers. The PIF Law puts it expressly under the direction of a (Saudi Arabian) government ministry. Its function is to serve the national interest of (Saudi Arabia).”
Sunjeev Bery, the executive director of Freedom Forward, an organisation that works to end US alliances with non-democratic regimes, said that PIF is inextricably linked to the Saudi Arabian state.
“The public investment fund is the direct financial arm of the Saudi dictatorship’s brutality, and it is the source of the cash that finances the repressive system.
“There is no division between the PIF and the state. The Saudi ruler is in charge of the PIF, sits at the top of the PIF and uses the PIF directly to maintain power. The Saudi monarchy is using football to hide this horrifying record, and everyone should be utterly appalled.”
It was left to the clubs themselves to hastily arrange a meeting where 18 of them (Newcastle were the sole objectors while Manchester City, another club with state links, abstained) voted to temporarily block lucrative sponsorship deals linked to a club's owners.
It means a one-month ban on deals linked to club owners while the issue is debated further and more robust rules are put in place.
Almost 98% of Newcastle fans surveyed by The Mag admitted that they were happy PIF have taken over the club, the same fans no doubt who protested about Newcastle’s sponsorship deal with payday loan company Wonga on ethical grounds.
The UK government, the Premier League and the club owners have a lot of explaining to do.
In this age of 24/7 news, the fact that so many have remained so quiet speaks volumes and underlines the challenges that lie ahead if the Premier League’s reputation is not to be damaged beyond repair.
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fuckyeaharthuriana · 11 months ago
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arthurian books i’ve read:
The Chronicles of the Round Table (edited by Mike Ashley)
Another Mike Ashley edited collection. Each short story is dedicated to one arthurian chapter.
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tibsnews · 3 months ago
Newcastle United takeover completed as Saudi Arabian-led consortium buy Premier League outfit in a £305m deal from Mike Ashley
ICYMI: Newcastle United have new owners. The Mike Ashley reign is over. #NUFC #NUFCTakeover
Newcastle United’s takeover is completed. Five words the majority of their supporters have been desperate to hear for some time. On Thursday the Magpies announced they were under new ownership following the completion of a £305million takeover from a Saudi Arabian-led takeover. The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement, saying it had received ‘legally binding assurances’ that the…
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newcastlefanstv · 2 years ago
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dweemeister · 3 months ago
October 7, 2021
By James Benge
(CBS Sports) -- A takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) is complete. Its ramifications on the Premier League and beyond could be vast.
For Newcastle fans, it means an end to 14 dour years under current owner Mike Ashley and indeed the deal has been greeted with a jubilance in the north east arguably not witnessed since local boy-come-good Alan Shearer signed for a then-world record fee in the summer of 1996. However, the involvement of the PIF has brought with it the suggestion that the Magpies will serve as nothing more than a sportswashing project for the Saudi Arabian regime.
A statement from the Premier League today confirmed: "The Premier League, Newcastle United Football Club and St James Holdings Limited have today settled the dispute over the takeover of the club by the consortium of PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
"Following the completion of the Premier League's Owners' and Directors' Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect. The legal disputes concerned which entities would own and/or have the ability to control the club following the takeover.
"All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club's ownership. The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.
"All parties are pleased to have concluded this process which gives certainty and clarity to Newcastle United Football Club and their fans."
Here is what you need to know about this landmark moment in Premier League history.
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rejuvenated · 3 months ago
Newcastle is gonna make the premier league more exciting after this takeover
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coachtfd · 10 months ago
Mike Ashley, feel free to sack Steve Bruce after this match. He’s clearly lost if he thinks his goalkeeper is the reason they weren’t winning matches. 😂🤦🏾‍♂️ Ima find you a better manager, shouldn’t be hard. 😂
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fuckyeaharthuriana · 12 months ago
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arthurian books i’ve read:
The Chronicles of the Holy Grail (edited by Mike Ashley)
Collection of short arthurian stories all based on the quest for the Holy Grail
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