Bein Sports host Richard Keys is now claiming to know when a Saudi takeover at Newcastle will be officially approved and made public.
The disgraced ex-Sky Sports presenter says the Premier League will give the green light ‘any day now’, stating he’s been ‘told it’ll happen on Friday’.
Here’s what he’s had to say in his latest post on his personal blog, insisting the deal will happen because ‘the British Government ‘want it to’:
“In Spain the Govt are shareholders in the big two – in all but name and we’ve got Paris and City as two working examples of clubs owned by countries.
“And any day now the PL will nod through the Saudi bid for Newcastle.
“This is not for the Newcastle Chronicle because they promised some time ago not to quote me – but I’m told it’ll happen Friday.
“It’ll happen not because the Saudi’s are ‘fit and proper’. There is no formula by which they, collectively or individually, pass any of the PL’s tests in that respect.
“No, it’ll happen because the British Govt want it to.
“It’ll happen because Arms deals will boost the British economy and the Saudi’s have doubtless promised to finance a bit of UK infrastructure.
“The Saudi’s will also have to make some serious moves to settle their ‘rights’ dispute with Qatar.
“The bottom line here is they they’ve stolen Intellectual Rights from everybody – all round the world – these past three years. But it seems a promise to buy more weapons to continue to bomb the sh.t out of Yemen will persuade BoJo and his merry crew that all is well with the deal.”
I’d take Keys’ comments with a pinch of salt, but considering he’s in ‘enemy territory’ (working for the Saudis opposition in Bein Sports when it comes to the big piracy row), and seems like one of the last people who’d like to break ‘good news’ on a potential takeover, we’ll have to hope this is the latest sign a deal really is about to be approved.
That said, he’s got it wrong before when it comes to his takeover predictions:
4th November 2019:
“Getting the feeling from what I’m hearing that this could yet turn out to be a very good week for Newcastle fans.”
10th May 2020:
‘I expect the Saudi deal will get the nod of approval this week. If so – good luck to everybody connected with the club. As for the rest of us – as I said – stream away. What a sad, unprincipled world we live in. Be careful what you wish for Mr Masters. And all of you on Tyneside.’
Time will tell, although we’ve said that too many times for 16 weeks now.
Wouldn’t it be amusing if the bitter bloke who wanted this takeover to happen to “any other club but Newcastle” is the man to regretfully confirm the good news…
For everyone’s sake, let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later!