Magpie Group release powerful video calling on the Premier League to approve Saudi takeover

The Magpie Group have delivered a strong video message to the Premier League urging for clarity on why our proposed Saudi takeover fell through.

News broke on Thursday that PIF had pulled the plug on the £300m deal, citing the amount of time taken for top flight chiefs to make decision as the main reason for their course of action.

Since then, we have heard from Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley, albeit indirectly through managing director Lee Charnley, but not a word has came out from the Premier League – the main players in why the takeover didn’t go ahead.

This has angered our supporters, and rightfully so, with a petition online calling for an investigation into their handling of the takeover already reaching 25,000 signatures at the time of writing.

Since then, The Magpie Group have also released the following video, listing a series of valid points for the Premier League to reconsider:

  • How we have a current owner that doesn’t want to be here and a willing buyer who has met the value demanded.
  • How the Premier League has bowed down to pressure from outside parties, who have no connection to the deal involved.
  • How the takeover is about having an owner who cares, that understands its importance to the area and wants to invest in the community.
  • How our academy has been abandoned for 13 years, with the proposed consortium committed to investing heavily in our youth setup.
  • How the supporters are praying for hope and ambition, something that has been sapped from the club during the Ashley era.

And finally, the Magpie Group calls for the Premier League to approve the takeover, using the hashtag #ApproveTheSale

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4 thoughts on “Magpie Group release powerful video calling on the Premier League to approve Saudi takeover

  1. What is very sad is how pathetic that all sounds – demonstrating that the Magpies Group have no idea about what the actual responsibilities of the EPL are.

    First of all – you have no idea if, or not, the EPL “bowed down to pressure”. You are only assuming it.
    It’s possible – and very likely – that the EPL began investigating MBS’s shady reputation before objections were raised.

    There’s more to allowing someone to own a club than “a current owner that doesn’t want to be here and a willing buyer who has met the value demanded”.

    As for having an owner who “cares, that understands its importance to the area and wants to invest in the community”, are we talking about the same guy who is bombing Yemen?

    Do you think the EPL really take into consideration that “our academy has been abandoned for 13 years”?

    Do you really believe that “supporters are praying for hope and ambition” is a valid reason to allow a vicious dictator to own a football club?

    If you have never spent time in the Middle East watch Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Dictator”.

    It is so funny because it’s not far off the truth.

    Magpies Group? Clueless dreamers with no moral values, more like it.

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  2. Helen Clarey:
    What is very sad is how pathetic that all sounds – demonstrating that the Magpies Group have no idea about what the actual responsibilities of the EPL are.

    First of all – you have no idea if, or not, the EPL “bowed down to pressure”. You are only assuming it.
    It’s possible – and very likely – that the EPL began investigatingMBS’s shady reputation before objections were raised.

    There’s more to allowing someone to own a club than “a current owner that doesn’t want to be here and a willing buyer who has met the value demanded”.

    As for having an owner who “cares, that understands its importance to the area and wants to invest in the community”, are we talking about the same guy who is bombing Yemen?

    Do you think the EPL really take into consideration that “our academy has been abandoned for 13 years”?

    Do you really believe that “supporters are praying for hope and ambition” is a valid reason to allow a vicious dictator to own a football club?

    If you have never spent time in the Middle Eas****ch Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Dictator”.

    It is so funny because it’s not far off the truth.

    Magpies Group? Clueless dreamers with no moral values, more like it.

    Cannot believe you have put moral values in your post about Newcastle utd fans and magpie group. Where were the premier leagues moral values when they sold broadcasting rights to Qatar owned Bein ? Or let in other dubious owners for that matter. Qatar has terrible human rights issues of it’s own (WC stadium deaths of migrant workers just one of them )and is a terrorist backing state. Awful human rights in China yet we allow ownership from there and don’t forget we have a Saudi prince who owns Sheff utd already. Why is he not punished for his nations piracy, piracy by the way that happens right here in little old England.

    Do you use Uber, facebook , twitter or watch disney at all? if you do you are using, enjoying things that Saudi are part of via investment, shares in said companies to name just a few.
    Do you drive or take a bus, that’ll be Saudi oil in it .

    Have you written to the Queen to tell her she shouldn’t of had tea with MBS or the prime ministers Boris and previously May, oh and that we should cancel our arms sales to Saudi too.

    No one denies the human rights issues in other countries here but the hypocrisy from many is breathtaking, in the end we are football fans that have we dragged into a geo political row and have been made out to be the devil incarnate just for wanting a better owner with some semblance of ambition .
    The Premier league is awash with dodgy owners and our very own owner is right up there with them in his own small way.
    Morals and football are not good bed fellows, it’s not exclusive to newcastle fans or the magpie group.

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