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:
- 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.
- 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!