Many have questioned just why this ‘statement’ was released via social media, something that questions its validity, however Redding insists that this was the BZG’s preference, with them aiming to communicate directly with fans above all else.
Here’s what he’s had to say on Twitter after releasing the BZG’s latest takeover ‘update’ earlier today:
“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”
It is a long overdue update but in true Newcastle style, one that leaves fans with more questions than answers; all when the new season kicks off in just four weeks. The vague nature of the ‘update’ isn’t particularly helpful and the last part regarding that ‘if a deal isn’t forthcoming’ isn’t great reading either.
It hasn’t filled fans with confidence that we will have the new owners we badly need, especially with the transfer window closing in a matter of weeks and no manager in place – time is against Newcastle. The statement doesn’t make things any clearer – how Mike Ashley can still own the club when all aspects of a takeover have been completed remains a mystery.
Newcastle fans quite rightly have takeover fatigue and have for the past 18 months, so this is another frustrating twist in a draining summer. We all hope this goes through but the harsh reality is that, as it stands, we have lost a world class manager, our player of the season, our top scorer and are the only top flight side yet to sign a player. We need action, not vague statements, quickly. It is time we heard from the club on all this – but with Ashley in charge, let’s not hold our breath.