Everything we have heard from the Bin Zayed Group (BZG) and Sheikh Khaled on the proposed £350M acquisition since the news broke three weeks ago seems to be in line with what happens with a takeover.
The BZG group has issued two statements to the fans – two more than Newcastle have issued – and have said they have agreed a fee of £350M with Mike Ashley to buy the club.
They have also said they have provided the Newcastle over with proof of funds om 17 April and that they were trying to close the deal as soon as possible.
That was a full 60 days ago and more than three weeks before the season ended so they have been working on the deal for a lot more than two months.
They have also created a group called Monochrome Acquisitions Ltd which is a code name for “The Newcastle United Acquisition Ltd.”
On the Newcastle side they have also been cleaning up companies no longer viable at Companies House – and this has been seen as a prelude for a takeover when shares are transferred between the two holding companies.
And news today from Sun journalist Justin Allen has written a piece saying the takeover is progressing well and hopefully will complete before the end of June.
He also reiterates the BZG group want Rafa Benitez to stay on as the manager.
So we are reminded of that saying – was it Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Colombo who thought it up?.
It’s called the Duck test.
It says – “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
This thing in action at the moment at Newcastle looks like a takeover, and it, therefore, is probably a takeover.
For those connoisseurs of history here’s some good information on the Duck Test.