I have a question, well several actually, but one main one…..Where on earth are the Bin Zayed Group (BZG)?
It was around 3 months ago that we woke up to ‘BREAKING NEWS’ and back pages claiming a big takeover was finally in the offing. Many of us instantly thought it was a typical Ashley PR stunt….but this one seemed different.
The BZG were very vocal and came out to say everything was progressing well and they had submitted an offer. Ashley stayed silent which was fairly typical but he didn’t deny it – and that seemed key.
As it started to look like it was fading, there was another “statement” by BZG, released 5 weeks before the season started.
This was released through Peter Redding of Capital Radio in the UAE (which seemed dubious I have to say) which said:
“Both parties have worked diligently in finalising a deal, none more so than ourselves.
“We have completed every aspect required in a takeover process.
“Press claims of no bids or Premier League approval processes are simply untrue.
“The current owners have cooperated amicably throughout this process and if a deal is not forthcoming it will not be due to lack of effort from both parties.”
Nothing. It is like they disappeared into the abyss.
What actually happened with the takeover?
But then that opens a whole load more questions.
- Do we really believe that Ashley has enough power to influence the Bin Zayed Group to pretend there was a takeover just to increase season ticket sales?
- Why has Peter Redding, who boasted that he was in regular contact with BZG, not said another word?
- Do BZG even exist?
- Was it all just a figment of my imagination?
I am not a journalist but surely those who are should be at the very least asking these questions?
Why hasn’t a local (or national) news outlet pushed to find out what has happened to the “bid”?
Are we just supposed to forget about it?