Here’s the latest from the Middle-East, with Capital Radio’s Peter Redding claiming the BZG wanted to put the following on the record for the benefit of Newcastle United fans:
“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”
I am very mixed on this one. The first line ending in ‘none more so than ourselves’ initially had me wondering if this was them hinting that Mike Ashley had no been cooperating as much as themselves, however they do stress later in the statement that BOTH parties have been working hard on a deal.
Then there’s this line – “We have completed every aspect required in a takeover process“. If so then what is the hold up? Why is the deal not imminent? If anything, this statement raises as many questions as it gives answers. As a result, it’s now SURELY over to Mike Ashley or Newcastle United to clear up just what is going on and where we stand. After all the season starts in just over a month yet we have no idea who will own the club, no manager and no new signings.
For me, the statement can be seen as both good news or bad. They don’t criticise Ashley’s camp – the party many believe were holding it up – however they don’t announce any major breakthrough and almost set things up for ‘no deal’, even thought they claim to have completed every part of the deal!
It’s also worth mentioning that a slightly dubious announcement via a radio host on Twitter doesn’t exactly make this the most legitimate thing I’ve ever seen, but it is communication – and that’s MUCH more than Mike Ashley or Newcastle United have offered up until now.