Several North-East football correspondents have responded to last night’s claims from the Daily Star that a takeover of NUFC would be completed ‘this week’, stating that such rumours are premature, with there believed to be a ‘little way to go’ yet until Amanda Staveley’s bid to buy NUFC reaches its conclusion.
As you may have seen late last night or earlier this morning, the Daily Star claimed that Staveley was set to finalise her takeover of NUFC this week in an ambitious ‘exclusive’.
The rumours were taken with a pinch of salt, but North-East reporters Luke Edwards (Telegraph), Craig Hope (Mail) and Miles Starforth (Gazette) have all offered their say on the matter, having revealed that such rumours in the Daily Star appear to be premature.
Here’s their assessments on the situation below, with each offering some interest insights into the current state of play:
I’m told #nufc takeover not close to completion, but things chugging along and still moving in right direction. Don’t be despondent but don’t get your hopes up either. Negotiations are delicate
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) November 13, 2017
For those asking, understand there is a little way to go before NUFC takeover process reaches conclusion, although PCP remain only serious runner.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) November 13, 2017
Weekend reports of bids/agreements over sale of Newcastle premature. Talks ongoing with potential bidders. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) November 13, 2017
Good to hear from The Telegraph that things are ‘still moving in the right direction’ despite the recent silence on the matter, with Craig Hope suggesting that Staveley’s PCP partners remain the ‘only serious runner’ to take over from Mike Ashley.
Whilst no one knows the absolute truth due to the nature of the non disclosure agreements that limit public knowledge, these updates provide us with a slightly more reliable state of affairs to that of the Daily Star – a national paper that appears to have been looking to just make money on the story!