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Report – PL Announcement In Next Few Days – Government Will Not Intervene In Newcastle Takeover



The Northern Echo reported yesterday the UK government are resisting calls to get involved with the Newcastle takeover bid 80% funded by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund and led by PCP Capital Partners CEO Amanda Staveley.

They report that “Culture secretary Oliver Dowden told a Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport committee hearing last week that the final decision on the takeover rested with the league.”

That’s the way it should be, but as usual, with cases like this, various people and organizations do not want Saudi Arabia involved because of their poor human rights record.

But that has little to do with Newcastle United FC, the City of Newcastle and Newcastle fans.

Amnesty International has objected to the takeover, but last week Premier League chief executive Richards Masters responded to their concerns:

“I write in reply to your letter of April 20 concerning the putative takeover of Newcastle United FC by a company based in Saudi Arabia.”

“You will appreciate that these matters are often subject to media speculations but at their heart are due processes required by UK law and by the Premier League’s own rules, which can’t be conducted in public and on which we can’t comment.”

“However, I can assure you that these processes go beyond those required by UK company Law, and they are applied with equal rigor to every single prospective purchase of a Premier League club.”

That’s a well-balanced response from the Premier League CEO.

And well-respected journalist George Caulkin of the Athletic is today tweeting the deal will definitely go through.

And finally, the journalist who was first with the news – Jason Burt of the Telegraph – tweeted this late yesterday afternoon:

So there you have it, the deal is definitely going through.

That’s true, isn’t it?

🙂

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181 comments so far

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

    2
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Ps – less than 96 hours before new owners

    5
  • fairscup

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Frank pingles come sock

    Apr 28, 2020 at 10:37 AM
    Comment #40

    OK Frank so am I safe to risk a few quid on this happening before midnight on Saturday?

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    3
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    If not , I will never post again

    3
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    FairsCup

    100%

    However I don’t think any bookie would take your bet !!

    #Cans

    5
  • fairscup

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Cheers Frank – I know that you will know.

    2
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7

    So Frank, you are thinking Thursday night for the announcement!

    1
  • martoon

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    In any takeover whether football or not if you make too many changes all at once you will destabilise the business and p*ss off the workforce. So that’s why I think Bruce will be given a chance to start with and certainly until the end of the season which is similar to Mark Hughes at Man City. For the same reason I think Charnley will be kept on for a handover period. However slowly but surely they will all be replaced with their own people hopefully more able!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    In the interests of balance and fairness I think anyone who changes their blog name should have in brackets the old one, for at least a month…. Tsunki!

    15
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    martoon,
    I can’t agree with that, only if the new manager isn’t available should we persist with Bruce, there’s too much to lose and his luck is due to run out, especially if games are behind closed doors.

    13
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Miscalculated Friday tea time

    0
  • fairscup

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    96 hours = 4 days FFS.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Lochinvar “the Mag reckons that Ashley came home on his plane.”

    According to our very own Florida Toon there was nobody arriving on that plane and nor did anybody leave on it. Which suggests it was used to courier some paperwork. Or the pilot fancied a day-trip. Or Ashley was winding up the plane watchers.

    Likely the first though. Still not sure why that would be necessary in this digital day and age, but maybe Ashley likes it done old-school.

    0
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Fairscup
    The day’s seem longer when doing nothing so I’m stupid and not working things out. Seems a few have said 1st so makes sense

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail *9

    I actually agree with you there, even hearted your comment.

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Moonraker15 (previous), nothing to do with fatso, it’s the mirror and the american guy trying to get more clicks and publicity.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Is it possible for humans to hibernate for four days?

    🙄

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Even if you were being sarcastic! 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Robl

    This lockdown feels like bloody hibernation!

    1
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Robleenio
    About 3 years ago I was trying to explain when getting GP contracts signed that could all be done electronically rather than waiting for them to arrive by post or go across north east and Cumbria for wet signatures, but bosses wouldn’t have it. Once had them all in, they then decided electronically signed would be fine. Who knows if some will feel same about this

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey, Fairs Cup & Frank Pingles……
    Never mind your little ITK love in…let the rest of us in on your info.
    Frank Pingles – how are you so sure of the 96 hours (and counting down)???

    3
  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail

    I can’t understand why posters would want to change their names at all – unless they’re trying to hide something.

    7
  • Legolas

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Frank,

    @2

    Is that a fact or are you guessing?

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Of course, Friday is a bank holiday – shifted from next Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

    The whole of Newcastle will be partying all day long. At a safe distance, of course.

    Imagine if restrictions are lifted on the Thursday……

    :mrgreen:

    2
  • JDdubai

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Im loving how this covid-19 has brought our village together, am even off to have a water fight with the mackem next door – just waiting for the kettle to boil.

    56
  • Shurrup Lesh

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    lesh, me neither, unless for comedy value.

    😀

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex

    Shouldn’t you and Frank Pingel have formally announced who’s doing countdowns?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #28

    I reckon that frank has taken a calculated guess and probably quite a reasonable one at that!

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    RobLeenio is that not the week after the Friday 7th of may ????

    3
  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    RobL

    Don’t you start, things are daft enough

    🙂

    2
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Rob
    Its Friday next week for the bank holiday, 8th

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Lesh

    I’m more than happy for Frank to do his takeover countdown, I’ll restart my match countdown for a game once we have a firm recommencing date!

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    i still think it’ll happen this Thursday 30th

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Ah, hibbit you’re right – pleased you said something, there would have been ructions if I hadn’t turned up to work to spend all day on here.

    😉

    2
  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #35

    well spotted Simon………… its Friday the 8th Rob

    1
  • simon376

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #36

    At least I’ve got one thing right with dates and times today

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #37

    In the meantime however our next match should have been in 97 Hours 6 Minutes V Spurs at our place.

    Score would have been 5-1 to us with Shelvey, ASM, Miggy 2, and Scharr scoring.

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 28, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Dubai

    Shamelessly nicked

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2020 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    “There goes the Lone Ranger…”

    “The goes the Lone Frank Pingles…”

    (For older readers)

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 28, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    You may have both been factually right, but as it’s ruined my fantasy plans for the biggest party seen since the Vikings were in town, I’m going to stick to my version of the future.

    I’ll see you all down by the monument, I’ll be stood next to the bloke doing the helicopter. He seems like a right laugh!

    😉

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