George Caulkin insists that Newcastle fans should not be worried as we wait for an official announcement regarding a £300m Saudi-backed takeover on Tyneside.
The Athletic writer, who’s widely regarded to be one of the North-East’s most credible reporters, hinted earlier this week that Premier League approval *could* have been given on Wednesday.
In that Tuesday night update, however, he insisted that it would then take at least a ‘few days’ for the funds to be transferred to Mike Ashley, suggesting that no deal would be officially announced until the money is received and the keys to St James’ Park handed over to the prospective buyers.
With us now almost 48 hours on, many are growing impatient and anxiously awaiting confirmation – but Caulkin has insisted he is “not worried” at all, saying fans must simply be patient and wait for the good news to arrive when it does.
Here’s a series of tweets he’s put out today in response to Newcastle fans on social media:
“What I have reported is this: Staveley’s people were *told* the test could take *up to* 4 weeks, but that’s not definitive.
“At the weekend, they were *told* it could be middle of this week, but that also wasn’t definitive, which I made clear.
“We all want it done and it’s (the waiting) very frustrating, but life is difficult enough at the moment without winding ourselves up into a frenzy.“
“Nobody I speak to is worried.”
“I’m not worried!”
“They’ve always been confident and still are, they thought it might be passed over this couple of days, but fundamentally that’s not down to them and it’ll take as long as it has to take.”
Even if the Staveley-led consortium gained the green-light from the Premier League on Wednesday (which they may well have), Caulkin’s insisted that money then needs to be transferred before we’ll hear they’re our owners.
He’s insisted they’re as confident as ever and speaks like it’s a matter of time, so it seems we need to sit back and remain calm – especially when we’ve been given no reason to believe the deal is dragging or faltering in any way.
I know it’s tough, with the constant refreshing of Twitter easily done while we’re bored silly in self-isolation, but we’ve waited 13 years for this, so we can definitely wait another few days if we have to!