Some more promising words have arrived from George Caulkin today, with him insisting that the buying side remain convinced this deal is going ahead – even if an announcement may be delayed until ‘next week’.
The North-East’s reliable writer for The Athletic states that the mood amongst those involved in the deal remains “very positive”, with him stating that no genuine doubts have emerged regarding whether a deal will go through or not – suggesting it remains a case of when it goes through, not if.
Caulkin even states that those connected to the deal are carrying out plans behind the scenes and working away as if a buyout will go through – another indication that a deal may be imminent in the eyes of those involved.
Here’s what he’s had to say on the latest ‘Pod on the Tyne podcast‘ released earlier today:
“The latest information I was told from the buying side is that their latest timeframe might be next week, but there is a realisation that it’ll take as long as it has to take.
“The guidelines that they were given, it could take up to four weeks, but again there is no deadline to any of these. It’s just a guide and all of us have to respect that,”
“In terms of the overall feeling and mood, nothing has changed, everyone is very positive, people behind the scenes are carrying on doing all the stuffs they will be doing as if it is going ahead.
“So no one has said to me that there are any doubts about that happening at the end of it all.
“There is a lot of noise, partly born out of our concerns and frustration.
“Exclusivity is irrelevant now that a deal has been signed because everything has been signed off apart from the regulatory approval and the money changing hands.”
So, once again, this is another strong message from one of the regions most credible reporters which essentially says the deal has only been delayed – not derailed.
That being said, he stresses that the initial ‘four week’ timeframe given to him was always just a guideline, not a deadline, urging all those desperate for an announcement to be patient.
It’s stressful, tedious and an incredibly nerve wracking wait for Newcastle fans, but we must take comfort from the fact George Caulkin is relaxed and reporting nothing but positive noises regarding its eventual completion.
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