According to Martin Hardy, “any movement at all” on the takeover front won’t come for ‘another six weeks‘ – meaning we *could* be left in limbo until August 5th (THREE days before the transfer window shuts and SIX days before our first game of the season).
To say this is concerning to hear from such a well respected north-east reporter is an understatement, with it only adding more uncertainty to a takeover picture that has dragged on enough as it is.
Should these claims be true, one immediate worry is the fact the Bin Zayed Group made it clear in their two statements that they were working hard to complete a deal quickly, with the Chronicle highlighting a ‘deadline’ of June 30th in a takeover piece yesterday.
If this is the case, you can’t help but wonder if Mike Ashley could be about to scupper yet another potential takeover.
As highlighted below, the timing of it all would be worryingly convenient. Guess what, the transfer window shuts in just over 6 weeks time!
Martin Hardy’s claim could be due to the fact the club may now be looking for a Rafa Benitez replacement, but surely it’s got to be one or the other at this stage – either the club decide a takeover isn’t happening and appoint their own man (god forbid!) or they cut their losses and sell up to allow new owners to get on with it.
Either way, this is extremely concerning to hear from a well respected North-East reporter, making you question whether this is just another ‘fakeover’ in a bid to avoid spending this summer.
I could take these ‘six weeks’ claims with a real a pinch of salt if this came from the Sun or some other national paper, with this being the sort of scaremongering claim that would send Newcastle fans into a frenzy, but this from Martin Hardy is a real concern – especially when the Bin Zayed Group have allegedly outlined the end of THIS month as a takeover deadline.