As the tedious takeover saga continues to drag on, it feels like there’s less and less people out there who can be trusted when it comes to any form of ‘update’ on the current state of play.
One man who’s remained silent over the past week if George Caulkin – arguably the region’s most trusted writer and the man who saw proof of Amanda Staveley’s bids during her previous attempt to buy the club.
Today, he’s been responding to fans on social media for the first time in a while.
He insists that his ‘confidence’ in a deal being completed remains the same – suggesting piracy issues have NOT plunged the deal into sudden doubt – also stating that the buyers (Staveley/Saudis/Reubens) remain adamant and that the selling side (Mike Ashley) also ‘expect it to happen’:
“My confidence hasn’t wavered but my confidence isn’t the point.
“The buyers have always been bullish, the sellers want their money & expect it to happen.
“Both sides have had positive tip offs & guidance. BUT, the decision still hasn’t come.
“So…we just have to wait.”
After admitting it’s ‘all a bit ridiculous’ that the deal remains with the Premier League, Caulking did stress that this delay may also come from the fact it has taken the Premier League a lot longer than they anticipated to finalise Project Restart:
So, it’s promising to hear that BOTH sides remain very confident this £300m deal will eventually go through, however the time it’s taking to receive approval really has turned what was initially an exciting process into an exhausting one.
I don’t care how long it takes providing the end result is good news, meaning no more Mike Ashley and the arrival of ambitious and wealthy new owners, although I’m not sure there’s many Newcastle fans out there who can take much more of this.