The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has been somewhat skeptical of this takeover ever coming to fruition. His main area of contention was Mike Ashley’s unwillingness to sell Newcastle United, which has been a massive obstacle in the past.
When news first broke that the Premier League had received paperwork from both Newcastle and the Amanda Staveley-led consortium, Edwards was still very wary as an agreement had not been reached.
There were also reports that the consortium were trying to negotiate the price down due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. This was a red flag to many fans who just don’t trust Mike Ashley.
Edwards was no different at the time when he tweeted the following.
Amanda Staveley should know all this. She said she made three bids in Dec 2017, all were rejected as they were staggered payments and all below the asking price. She knows what Ashley is like. If bid is backed by Saudis, why are they still haggling over price. Seems silly to me
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) April 3, 2020
However, to the surprise of many, Ashley finally relented on his stubborn stance and agreed to sell the club, and for £300m no less. So all seemed well that it was just a matter of time before we could celebrate the end of the Ashley era.
Then the resistance came this past week in the form of letters to the Premier League to block this sale. Both beIN Sports and Amnesty International contacted the league to voice their opposition to Saudi involvement in the EPL for ethical reasons.
These developments put many fans back on edge as it places the Premier League in a somewhat unwinnable position. If they deny this takeover, they could face massive lawsuits from the new ownership group.
If they approve the sale, the opposition is likely to continue and could even intensify.
On Friday, Luke Edwards responded to the recent ‘setbacks’ by sharing what a source of his told him.
I have no idea if this is right, but someone I know who knows about these things doesn’t think there is any chance Premier League will have either the appetite or the power to block #nufctakover. Which reminds me, must order two crates of wine. Have fallen below 20 in the house
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) April 24, 2020
This is promising coming from Luke Edwards, who we find to be generally straight and responsible in his reporting. So hopefully, we’ll get some positive news this coming week.