Sir John Hall has been interviewed in the Star today and talks about the takeover, which has badly stalled due to Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley being unable to agree on a price for the club.
Sir John was the Chairman when Kevin Keegan started to take us into the top two of the Premier League back in the mid-90s – one of the most exciting times in the history of the Newcastle club – even if we didn’t win anything.
Everything seemed to be going well, but the takeover talks started to stall when Newcastle went on that terrible run of getting only one point from the last nine games.
In the last five games, we have won three of them, so we are hoping Newcastle are back to playing like we did at the beginning of the season.
Sir John Hall – we can compete with the very best again
That’s the hope in any case, and if can beat Swansea City tomorrow – that would be another excellent win.
This is some of what Sir John Hall has said about the takeover:
“I’m just a fan now, and like everyone else, I want to know what’s happening.”
“Mike Ashley has obviously made up his mind to sell up, but for whatever reason, it’s taking an awful long time for him to do it.”
“The clock is ticking, and this stalemate is not doing the club any good at all.”
“Rafa Benitez is working with what is essentially a Championship squad. He’s doing his best, but there is a worrying lack of quality out there.”
“I know Mike doesn’t go to many games these days, but he must know the squad is in desperate need of improvement.”
“Newcastle have gone down twice in the last decade and managed to bounce back at the first attempt.”
“If the worst happened this time, I dread to think what the future might hold because it’s asking a lot to come straight back up again.”
“Hopefully, a deal can be finalized in the next few weeks, but if not, Mike must realize Rafa still needs to make some signings.”
“People like myself and him are just caretakers passing through the club. The fans are there for life, and it’s up to us to give them what they deserve.”
“I read recently Manchester United’s worth £1.3B and Tottenham’s worth £800M.”
“Everyone knows Newcastle’s potential and, with the right investment, there is no reason we can’t be competing with the very best again.”
Newcastle are in a bit of a mess at the moment, but the most important thing is that we continue to win as many games as possible – that’s what is really important to the club right now.