Considering Richard Keys claims to be the oracle of all takeover knowledge, he doesn’t half get a lot wrong.
In his latest blog post, the beIN Sports presenter claims that “telling us all the truth” is “all he’s ever done” since this Saudi saga begun – yet in truth he’s actually got it wrong on countless occasions.
On the 4th November 2019 he said it was going to be a “very good week” for Newcastle fans, hinting at a takeover breakthrough. It didn’t happen.
On 10th May this year he said he said the Saudi bid was set to be approved that week. It wasn’t. Then just a fortnight ago, on July 13th, he said the Premier League were going to give the green light to the deal and we’d see a public announcement by Friday 17th. Needless to say, we didn’t – yet he claims only he is speaking the truth on this tedious takeover saga. Right…
A few weeks on, the arrogant ex-Sky Sports host now claims to know the ‘latest’ on the deal – continuing to ignore the fact he’s he’s barely got a thing right over the past five months.
He claims it’s now an ‘open goal’ for Henry Mauriss, with Ashley a willing seller and the Saudis having ‘shot themselves in both feet’ in recent weeks:
“All I’ve ever done is tell you all the truth and I’m the only one prepared to do that. Surely you can see that now?
“Henry Mauriss is still at the table. If he wants it – it’s an open goal. Ashley is a willing seller – Mauriss has to get his deal done. Simple. There you go.
“As your beloved Rafa might say ‘facts’.”
The last line says it all. An arrogant comment for a bloke who’s yet to get a thing right on the takeover front and a petty little dig at Newcastle United fans.
The Saudis may have withdrawn their interest, news which no doubt saw Keys do a happy dance around the beIN Sports studio, however it’s laughable of him to stay he’s been the one man telling the truth all this time.
If he was telling the truth, this takeover would’ve happened two or three times by now, yet here we are still stuck with Mike Ashley several months later.