Jeff Sterling has defended claims from Newcastle United fans that have suggested the so-called “big six” conspired against our blocked Saudi takeover.
Amanda Staveley ignited the flames last summer following the £300m deal’s sudden breakdown, stating that Spurs and Liverpool were were both vocal in their attempts to get the PIF-backed buyout blocked.
Following the aftermath of the ESL fiasco, which united the whole footballing community against the owners of these teams, Toon sceptics wonder whether these takeover rumours were true after all – especially when the ESL highlighting how eager the ‘big six’ were to cut out the competition.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Stelling feels such theories surrounding the Saudi-backed takeover are “not so daft”:
“This is the public investment fund of Saudi Arabia, who were effectively blocked…
“A lot of the fans believe, and I don’t know whether this is a Machiavellian plot, but the big six could have played a part in having this blocked…because they don’t want to see Newcastle as another rival.
“And maybe what happened with the European Super League with those six, it’s not so daft. Who knows?”
Spurs would be the obvious opponent of Newcastle being bought out as, after all, they would be the chumps to miss out if we became a massive club.
Liverpool have previously been linked with a sale to PIF and their owners FSG were allegedly one of the puppet masters of the ESL, which could be why they were so vehemently opposed to the deal last summer.