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Premier League Contacted For Clarification On Newcastle Takeover

A number of papers including the Chronicle, the Shields Gazette, and the Telegraph – among others – contacted the Premier League yesterday to try to get some clarification on what’s going on with the potential Newcastle takeover.

There have been conflicting reports on the potential takeover and most have been negative towards Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan whose group  – the Bin Zayed Group – are trying to acquire Newcastle.

The group for the second time in three days issued a statement on the takeover and basically, they are as far along in the takeover as the Sun indicated in their initial report last Monday and they provided some details of that.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – it’s hot under the collar

As a refresher here is that statement:

“In consideration of the numerous speculations in regards to the timelines of the acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club by Bin Zayed Group, we feel the need to issue this statement.”

“Terms have been agreed between us and Mike Ashley; these terms have been reflected in a document, signed by both parties, which has been forwarded to the Premier League.”

“The proof of funds statement was forwarded to Mike Ashley’s lawyers on 17 April 2019.”

“The so-called fit-and-proper Premier League process is a standard procedure which will take time, and we are doing all we can to assist the Premier League during this process.”

“We feel the need to clarify this point in order for the fans and the general public to understand the timelines.”

There are specifics there which so far have not been challenged by Ashley’s camp.

The Premier League acted responsibly yesterday and said to the journalists they would not provide commentary on a takeover that may or may not happen.

Again they didn’t deny anything the Bin Zayed Group said in their statement of yesterday.

And we don’t know whether we will hear from Ashley who often acts like a man on another planet.

Why is he so quiet, remote and secretive?

The Bin Zayed Group group are already issuing statements to update fans on what is going on.

That’s something that Mike Ashley has done maybe once every three years at Newcastle.

So we can already see the difference of what a well-run club will look like at Newcastle.

To have the Bin Zayed Group running the club with manager Rafa Benitez given the freedom to make Newcastle great again – is like manna from heaven.

We need a new owner and Mike Ashley should never have bought the club a long and painful 12 years ago.

We hope this goes through becasue we are convinced it’s a genuine bid and that the buyers this time have the money.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • kilcline

    May 30, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Imagine a very quiet day today before the key day tomorrow before their Eid holiday.

  • Mindshaft

    May 30, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Mag52 – but he’s correct, the amount of people who voted for remain candidates far exceeded the leave vote and would likely win in a 2nd referendum.

    Anyway – I hope all this takeover doesn’t turn out to be bollox or I think I’ll throw myself off toon bridge

  • Average_Contents

    May 30, 2019 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Was that the first feelers put out by OLG saying he knew?

    Give over.

  • RonVanDam

    May 30, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Friday will be a very important day in this saga

  • Mag52

    May 30, 2019 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Mindshaft. Not wanting to spend much time on boring politics at this exciting moment in the club’s history, but I have in front of me a LibDem flyer pushed through my letterbox days before the vote, stating that “ A vote for Conservatives, Labour, UKIP or Brexit Party is a vote to get out of Europe”.
    The votes of these four parties add up to 58% of the total votes cast.

  • simon376

    May 30, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    The talk about Hayden, I can totally understand why he wants to move as family is more important than work and money. If his wife can’t be persuaded to move up here, maybe something can be done via the owners for transport for him, helicopter or whatever. But as much as we all like him, if he feels he just has to go, maybe we should all say thanks and wish him well, will be such a shame though

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #7

    RonVanDam if it doesn’t happen by Friday a huge black cloud will decend on the blog

  • damma99

    May 30, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Still can’t help feeling the fat leech is going to scupper this deal and throw his toys out the pram. I am sure he get a kick out of pissing off supporters. I’m so desperate for this to go through.

  • ToonRich

    May 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Morning guys…it’s taken me days to catch up with all the sheikh-over talk!!
    I can’t remember where I read it, but for some reason the date 4/6 is stuck in my head regarding something happening…would this be the day after their holiday?

    I’ll be happy whenever this saga ends and we can build a black and white future!!

    Would anyone take Bale??

  • geordiemark

    May 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #10

    about our so called caring politicians and the EU i think people forget what these lot have done to the north east of england, fisheries wrecked, farming wrecked, ship building wrecked, coal mining wrecked, steel works wrecked and that is hundreds of thousands on the dole they all have caused so this is why i voted brexit but i dont trust any politician in our country and dont even get me started with councillors

  • geordiemark

    May 30, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #11


    be the biggest mistake hes ever done if he does that, he thinks hes seen the worst of the fans vent there anger well he hasnt seen anything yet

  • Sad Frog II

    May 30, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12


    When you move in right up close to fans
    That’s when we get the shakes all over us
    Just the way you say goodbye to us
    Brings that feeling on inside
    Shakin’ all over
    Yeah, we have the sheikh in the St James
    I’ve saw the Ashley in the back door
    Shakin’ all over
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike

  • toonrobbybobson

    May 30, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ll be honest I trust the EU to be kinder on the North East than UK politicians. They already for instance give Gateshead college alone tens of millions. You can see it in how they have regenerated the college around the Sage. They also fund courses for people.

    Having worked down South for years we are badly underfunded and thats OUR politicians. People only get one side of the story if you ask me. You wont get a person from the EU over here campaigning like a Boris or Farage.

    Anycase we will end up out but ive accepted that up here we are in for big big pain self inflicted.

    Sad thing for me is things like listening to radio this morning talking about children now getting racist abuse. Cases have massively risen since 2016. Out of order but the genie is out the bottle which will set us back generations.

    On takeover i was beginning to think its fake but last 24 hours ive become cautiously optimistic that the silence from club speaks volumes. I think one thing for sure this is the closest weve been to new owners since Ashley took over whether its Sheik K or not. On the flipside a slight concern is if amount was agreed weeks ago id expect the deal would have been completing before Rafas contract expired. I dont think club will speak until its to confirm done deal now.

    Amazingly its silenced the contract talks with Rafa… funny that.

  • Geordie-john

    May 30, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I believe it when Fat Lad leaves the club and hopefully takes his little side kicks and arse lickers with him.

  • IrishRob

    May 30, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    “Would anyone take Bale?” Is that even a real question. Hes literally one of the top 10 footballers on planet earth. Course we’d take him. But players like Bale are never going to come to Newcastle unless were in the champions league.

  • widowmagandapoke

    May 30, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Possible reason for delay? There is another buyer waiting in the wings and Ashley is weighing up the odds.


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