A host of North-East writers have revealed their ‘gut instinct’ predictions on a potential £300m Saudi takeover.
The proposed buyout continues to drag on, leaving many fans frustrated and almost disillusioned by the constant claims and counter-claims being made by the media, however the latest views from local journalists from The Chronicle (Mark Douglas, Lee Ryder & co.) and The Mirror (Simon Bird) paint a promising picture, with the latter believing it ‘will almost certainly go through‘.
Here’s what was said on The Chronicle’s lockdown live event when asked ‘What is your gut instinct on the takeover being passed?’:
Simon Bird: “I think the Premier League is the ultimate capitalist organisation and money talks. It will almost certainly go through.”
Mark Douglas: “My only concern is the Premier League process is so confidential, we don’t know what’s being said. I would be so surprised if the Saudis don’t end up in control of the football club.“
Lee Ryder: “The people in and around the deal are confident. The Companies House documents show this is not speculation, and hopefully it goes through.”
Ciaran Kelly: “I think it will go through, but I can see there being a legacy with the Premier League’s owner’s and director’s test.”
Sean McCormick: “It would be unprecedented if it does not go through. I agree with Ciaran, if it does go through I can see the test becoming more robust.”
An interesting mix of comments, although one theme is that they all seem confident in one way or another that a deal will be passed by the Premier League.
The delay is tiring, as are the constant ‘leaks’ regarding completion that have all proven to be premature, however it says a lot that an overwhelming majority seem convinced this £300m buyout will eventually go through – despite ongoing concerns and complaints surrounding piracy and/or human rights.