Callum Wilson has admitted that the Newcastle players have no idea about anything when it comes to the failed Saudi takeover.
Our top scorer also accepts that the constant chatter is a “cloud hanging over the club” and ongoing issue that needs to be resolved, with “everyone” wanting the £300m deal to happen – players included.
In an exclusive interview with Alan Shearer for The Athletic, our new number nine confirmed that everybody in the squad is “out of the loop” when it comes to the confidential process, with speculation around the takeover often being discussed in the dressing room.
Steve Bruce has often commented that he has also been left in the dark when it comes to the legal battle between NUFC and the Premier League; some suspect even Lee Charnley – the man responsible for running the club – is even kept out of the discussion.
Wilson also revealed that he has met Mike Ashley during a team meal, with the Sports Direct tycoon seeming a “nice guy” who wants to see the club in “better hands.”
Here is what he’s had to say when asked about the takeover talk:
“The lads are as out of the loop as everybody else.
“Is the takeover going to happen? Is it not? That’s often the chat (in the dressing room).
“I’ve met Mike a few times. He took us for dinner at the start of last season and he seems like a nice guy.
“I got the vibe that he’s trying to do his best for the club while also trying to sell it and put it in different and better hands.
“It’s like a cloud hanging over the club and you get the sense of that.
“It’s one of those things. It would be nice for it to get resolved. Everyone wants the takeover to happen because we know it can push the club to another level and elevate everything.
“That’s what you want to be part of as a player.”
The players mainly do their talking on the pitch, but this tells me that the constant takeover rumours only adds unwanted uncertainty to the dressing room, with them clearly kept in the dark – despite it being a huge deal that could majorly impact the future of our club.