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Newcastle 2017/18
#31
MAKE IT HAPPEN FATMAN
Newcastle United is being put up for sale at the "right time" by owner Mike Ashley and is in a "healthy position", according to a sport finance expert.
Ashley bought the club, promoted to the Premier League last season, for £134.4m in 2007 and hopes to sell by Christmas.
Newcastle turned over £126m in 2015-16 and Dan Plumley, a senior lecturer in sport business management, believes it is now worth "in the region of £300m".
"It is an attractive proposition," Plumley told BBC Sport. Plumley, from Sheffield Hallam University, based his estimate on the club's matchday, commercial and broadcasting revenues plus the assets of St James' Park and the training ground.
He also pointed to "intangible" assets such as Newcastle's fan base, history, players and manager, while their current league position of ninth helps drive the potential price up.
"There are far more positives than negatives in terms of the standing of the club, the club is in a healthy position to attract a buyer at this point in time.
"The timing of the sale and purchase is important in terms of where they are at the minute, they are in a good position league wise.
"They have been a Premier League club for more years than not, and are now looking to stabilise back in the league and grow. The valuation creeps up based on league status, something a prospective buyer takes into account."
Plumley also believes Newcastle's fan base - driven by the fact it is a one-club city - is an important part of the valuation Ashley can realistically expect.
"From a negotiations point of view, the valuation will take into account their current position, their passionate fanbase, the fact they sell out the stadium regularly, the high demand to watch games and their history. All those things push the valuation up.
"The two biggest assets are that they own their stadium and training ground - that gives them leverage to push the value up. 
"Based on what we can measure - plus more intangible things - and on market trends, it is realistic to estimate £300m at this point in time."
In the first four years, Newcastle paid net £4m in cash in transfers - 26 clubs spent more in that period.
In the five years since, there has been a net spend of £114m on transfers. Only five clubs spent more - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United - over those five years.
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#32
Give yer £2.49p  and half bag of wotsits
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#33
Sold to the man in the big hat hahaha, !
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#34
A win over Palace 1-0. a lucky win at that, we couldn't put a string of passes together if their life depended on it, 1 decent shot at goal then a rebound header to win it on the 88th min by a young sub who I think is a decent player Merino, still, I'll take a win any way we can get them, 6th place until the results of the 2 games today.
Burnley away next Monday 30th.

Has someone lost they marbles, suggesting bring back 30 years old Hatem Ben Arfa, are they mad, he's trouble on and off the park, wayward in his play, good one minute a disaster the next, I'd say no thank you.

Palace had the better chances and wasted them on poor finishing, they are an improving side with some good players.
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