Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Streetfighter from Benton

Streetfighter from Benton

With the Mike Ashley bid well and truly underway, the focus of the deal shifts to Freddie Shepherd. Famously describing himself as a streetfighter after having to fight his way in and out of school in Benton as a bairn, we`ll soon be seeing whether he does have the skills or whether it`s just bluff and bluster. The Express sees him full of fighting talk, however from our perspective it looks like he`s got his hands tied.

The flurry of shares trading hands on Monday and Tuesday suggests Ashley might have more than just the 41.6% formerly owned by the halls. Once his holding hits 50% Shepherd realistically becomes a lame duck. However to gain full control Ashley needs Shepherd to sell so that he can take his own stake past the 75% mark. With Shepherd owning 28% plus, he needs Freddie to sell him at least 3 or 4% of his shares plus all the others under ownership.

Bullish as ever, Shepherd said:

'There is nothing Mike Ashley can do with this club unless he gets 75 per cent of the stake. He can't take full control, he can't change resolutions or the club's articles or associations. He has spent more than £50million, but he will have to spend a whole lot more as he must now make an offer not just for my shares, but the shares held by all the other shareholders.'

More developments on this when we get them…

Join Vital Newcastle United

It's easy to register for Vital Newcastle United, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!) To visit the Vital Newcastle United message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Newcastle.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Thursday May 24 2007
Time: 9:55AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Rumours Claim Two Out With One In At Newcastle

Townsend and Krul will return to the Premier League with the likes of Watford, West Brom, Southampton, West Ham, Crystal Palace & Everton interested. Gayle could arrive?

Newcastle Announce Further Pre-Season Plans

Newcastle announced earlier that they will travel to Belgium at the end of July

Newcastle Confirm Dutch Game

Newcastle United finally confirmed today that we will play Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem at home.

Thank Fulham It's Friday.

Newcastle United found out that a trip to London is where we'll start

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

Ken Waugh
no email
Profile
TNMW
Editor email
Profile
Ian Smith
no email
Profile
Rexn
no email
Profile
BowburnMag
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Spurs MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Darlow11%
Janmaat0%
Taylor0%
Mbemba1%
Dummett0%
Tiote0%
Colback1%
Wijnaldum5%
Sissoko31%
Townsend46%
Mitrovic2%
Sub - Shelvey0%
Sub - Aarons1%
Sub - Sterry2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.officemonkey253
2.Toon_NoMatterWot205
3.billybobcat103
4.PieMag67
5.BLACKBOB60
6.OldLeazes48
7.Finn_the_Dog38
8.vin189238
9.keggy_keagal35
10.Mcnamee6728