Journalist reveals what ‘those close to Saudi takeover bid’ are now saying – A reassuring update?

A promising takeover update has arrived from Rob Draper today – the Daily Mail’s Chief Football Writer.

Draper highlights that the beIN Sports complaint has made a deal ‘more complicated’ – suggesting that and concerns from both Sky and BT are contributing to the delay – however he’s issued a reassuring response to those doubting what had seemed an imminent takeover.

As he states below, those close to the takeover bid are insisting that there’s “no reason to worry” for Newcastle fans, stating that it’s “perfectly normal” that two weeks have passed without an official breakthrough since the deal was left with the Premier League:

It’s pretty clear that this is a complex deal given the complaints that have arrived, but we must remember two things:

  1. The VAST majority of journalists reporting on this takeover (Caulkin, Douglas, Edwards and Hope to name a few) continue to believe that this deal will still through – despite complaints from beIN Sports and Amnesty and concerns raised by Sky/BT. That counts for something when you consider the widespread scepticism that has existed in the past.
  2. We’re in the middle of unprecedented times. Everything has either ground to a halt or stopped completely, so processes that may usually take ‘3-4 weeks’ could well take that bit longer in the current climate.

The waiting around is unbearable – especially when many of us have little better to do than refresh Twitter ahead of potentially the biggest deal in our club’s history – but if this is a case of ‘good things come to those who wait’ (and I think it will be), then it’ll be well worth it!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “Journalist reveals what ‘those close to Saudi takeover bid’ are now saying – A reassuring update?

  1. The fact that the boss of Qatari television channel BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, will go on trial in Switzerland in September, (implicated in providing a holiday villa to a FIFA official linked to a World Cup broadcasting deal), is another reason to dismiss their objections!

    I am tired of the holier than thou brigade ****ing about the take over. We buy clothing made in sweatshops etc, perpetuating the exploitation of child labour and slave labour. The list goes on.


  2. I just hope that this deal goes through, and we rid of that fat******* at last, and he buys that club down the road I think they deserve the fat ****ney to control them and he calls it The Stadium of Sports Direct, instead of The Stadium of Sh_te Will give them the ginger nut for noute ,they deserve him .


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