Takeover update – NUFC reporter reveals what’s now being said “behind the scenes” after two days of silence

Luke Edwards and Mark Douglas – two trusted north-east reporters – have provided a promising update on a potential takeover this weekend, stating that ‘confidence is growing’ behind the scenes that a deal is going to happen.

As widespread reports revealed earlier in the week, Peter Kenyon is said to be the ‘front-runner’ after Mike Ashley confirmed that talks were at a more advanced stage than they’ve ever been when speaking to Sky on Monday.

After a few days of silence on the matter (which is most probably a good thing), here’s what’s been said over the weekend:

Here’s a snippet from Luke Edwards’ latest piece for the Telegraph – with him providing a positive update on the takeover front:

The Sunday Telegraph understands that confidence is growing behind the scenes that a takeover will go through in the coming weeks, despite cynicism on Tyneside regarding Ashley’s willingness to end his 11-year reign.

Takeover talks involving Ashley and at least two potential buyers will continue this week and Benitez believes Newcastle could be the last Premier League club worth buying for anyone who wishes to challenge for silverware in England.

Should new owners take control, one of their first priorities will be to persuade Benitez to remain as manager, and the Spaniard will hope he will also be given more freedom to spend in the transfer market if the takeover goes through before the January transfer window opens. 

To me this emphasises just what a massive game today is. It seems a deal is progressing, but a win today (taking us further from the drop zone) will only help matters – with any new owner being reluctant to pay £300m plus if we were beaten and looked a real relegation risk once again.

The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has also had his say on the current state of play, stating that it’s his understanding that there’s ‘confidence’ that progress is being made on the deal (even if claims that Kenyon has been in touch with the Premier League to alert them of a potential deal):

There’s been several accounts claiming to be ‘in the know’ ever since news of a potential takeover has emerged, so it’s good to see some credible sources providing us with genuine updates on the deal this weekend.

It’ll take time, but all the noises being made by reliable north-east reporters have been positive so far.

Fingers crossed!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

6 thoughts on “Takeover update – NUFC reporter reveals what’s now being said “behind the scenes” after two days of silence

  1. Credible Sources? That’s ripe.

    Edwards and Douglas sound more like they should be doing Flanagan and Allen numbers instead of reporting. Their reports haven’t held a drop of water . Complete waste of time.

    As for the Toon being the last club worth buying….based on what?
    Buy us for 350 million and spend a hundred and fifty more on players and another few million on facilities?

    Why not buy one of the lower down clubs for half and spend twice as much? At least they’ll be able to expand their ground .


  2. Going through the premier league tests takes 2-3 weeks and can be done in parallel to reviewing club accounts and thus signing a non disclosure agreement. The truth is none of these trusted source reporters have access to anyone in the club and Kenyon or any other potential buyer have spoken so I’m not getting too excited about their exclusives.


  3. Chronicle, owner by the Mirror Group, a reliable source???? Hahahahah!

    I know more than they do and I live 300 miles away…..


  4. These two clowns want sacking they inform the supporters of nothing a total waste of time but there again when you are being paid the write things what do you expect

    I would think these clowns would do a bit of investigation reporting for once but when you site in you house or office and check the interface what do you expect of these guys


  5. Been having to put up with the utter guff these louts along with Lee Ryder have been spouting for quite a while now !
    What do they know other than a few unsubstantiated rumours that maybe uttered to them whilst they are standing by a back door or out on the street.
    A bit like so called news reporters who stand there and say “Information Is Very Sketchy Right Now”, Which means they knaa nowt !

    If people are involved in a big deal of that magnitude then no one is getting to know a thing until it is rubber stamped.


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