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Report – There Are Still No Red Flags With Newcastle Takeover


Despite a report today from The Times claiming that some Premier League clubs have raised concerns over Newcastle’s takeover, local journalists are still upbeat that everything is on track.

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder is maintaining that there still has not been any red flags raised with the buyers. He also claims that sources in the Middle East have expressed confidence that this takeover will be approved.

This is what Lee Ryder writes in his report:

Chronicle Live understands that the thorough examination of the takeover approach by Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is now in the final stages and there have been no hiccups.

The good news for United fans is that the process remains on course for the Magpies to have a new owner and there have been no red flags – despite talk of fresh opposition from other top-flight clubs and further complaints about the deal.

Mike Ashley, as one would expect, has refused to comment, but Steve Bruce was asked about the situation during a Sky Sports interview.

While Bruce didn’t say he had any direct knowledge, he certainly sounded like someone who thought a change in ownership was imminent.

The Chronicle has verified that Bruce and the players are still ‘in the dark’ as they await confirmation like the rest of us.


125 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 21, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #1

    No green flags either though.

    23
  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Are we really supposed to believe that the other Premier League clubs have raised questions about this takeover again?

    I didn’t really believe it the first time, but twice??????

    Shame on The Times for repeating nonsense from a week ago. And from The Sun of all places!

    Boo, hiss, lemme get on the #cans already!

    8
  • 9

    May 21, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Patience is the watchword, followed by more patience, then a bit more patience. Nothing can possibly go wrong, dismiss any lurking doubts, NUFC will very soon be the richest football club the world has ever seen. Nothing can stop this happening.

    6
  • finnaz1892

    May 21, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    lee ryder knows nothing

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    repost MTB

    Anyone heard from munster after his faux pas embarrassment this morning re betty’s post.

    14
  • bettyswallocks

    May 21, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Now give me 38 for the money
    67 for the Show
    115 to get ready
    Now go cat go

    Diane Abbot singing ‘ Blue Suede Shoes ‘ on the karaoke night at Labour Central.

    15
  • bettyswallocks

    May 21, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    That’s me done for today. Wor lass just said, ‘ I can’t take any more of this , you’re too immature I need a break.’ I replied, ‘ Have a kitkat. ‘

    7
  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    That plane’s back home, btw – quite some journey.

    Riyadh to Jeddah and back, on to Stansted, on to Newcastle and back to Riyadh, all within 18 hours with no more than a 30-40 minute stop at each airport.

    It doesn’t have to be carrying people, it could be carrying documents.

    https://uk.flightaware.com/live/flight/MEDVC5B/history

    And yes, I know it’s nominally a ‘medivac’ plane, but why would it go to Jeddah then back to Riyadh, then to England? Why, if it’s evidently capable of flying non-stop Newcastle to Riyadh would it stop at Stansted on its way to Newcastle? If it’s delivering medical goods to the UK, why not drop them all off at Stansted and let the RAF fly them to Newcastle?

    Something significant on that flight, I can feel it in my bones!

    11
  • wynsleap

    May 21, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Why don’t all these newspapers, reporters, individuals like Richard Keys, human rights organisations, media outlets, other league clubs etc.just man up and be honest and admit they don’t want this ‘uncultured’ neck of the woods to muscle in on the so called ‘big boys’ who are so beloved and revered by the fawning media.
    Don’t let the flat cap wearing, whippet chasing, hard drinking, women beating, pit heap loitering, child eating, funny speaking cave men from the North East invade the elite. How dare we indeed?
    I hope when /if this goes through, Amanda, the Reubens and the Saudis remember all these lies, devious articles, snide comments and holier than thou concerns aimed at preventing them for taking over our club and really stick it to them all….BIG TIME.

    32
  • jimiley

    May 21, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    If only Abbott was the chancellor we would all be able n clover.
    An extra 20 thousand old bill would cost 4 bob.
    Ferrari’s all round!!!!
    Everybody could have an extra 100 grand a year and we only need to tax the super rich another penny in the pound.
    We will miss her delusions. She nearly made it.

    4
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    rob can feel it in his boner

    4
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    whoops my glasses need cleaning

    2
  • gggrrrr

    May 21, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Dondetta:

    Jonah Hill – Ashley
    Danny devito – penfold
    Lon Chaney – hairy hands Keys
    Boris Karloff – Andy Gray

    3
  • jimiley

    May 21, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #14

    How do the journalists know there are no red flags?
    Like they predict the announcement every day. Eventually the passing parcel will end up on some journos lap and he will get it right at 5th time of asking.
    The virus has infected the phones and e mails. Carrier pigeons are also infected and we just have smoke signals left.
    Or maybe there are red flags???

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #15

    And your mouth Jib.

    11
  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone reckon this guy is just following George Caulkin on twitter and reposting his stuff as his own a few hours later?

    @Smudge1962
    The #NUFCTakeover saga is set to draw to a close after the Saudi consortium were informally tipped of their takeover will be signed off by the @premierleague
    prior to an official announcement

    1
  • IrishRob

    May 21, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Are they dirty or just steamed up Jib?

    2
  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Lol Jib – you wish you still could

    😉

    1
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Rob
    Not as much as the missus

    3
  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20

    And this sounds like a load of cr@p – surely plans are already in place? How can anyone ever evidence this one way or the other????

    Pfffftttt!!!!!

    @Smudge1962
    The London based PR company the Saudi consortium are using for the #NUFCTakeover are now working on plans and schedules to deal with the official announcement and the inevitable media requests for interviews

    1
  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Anglo I’m out fishing. I put my hands up v early for the faux pas

    7
  • Our Toon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Rob

    I’ve no doubt PL teams will have raised concerns regarding takeover. You’ve seen and heard the shenanigans of some with restarting the season. It’s all self interest

    The 2 who wouldnt have an issue is citeh and sheff utd as they have owners who have a good relationship with MBS. The others I’ve no doubt will be worried because the Saudis have more money than all owners put together in the league.

    3
  • SA Toon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s Eid al-Fitr this weekend. Surely a perfect time to announce a takeover of a great football club! Eid Mubarak to those of you who’ve been fasting through Ramadan. It’s almost time to celebrate!

    7
  • Our Toon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    But it’s also an old rehashed last gasp effort to prevent a deal from going through, I still think it’s been approved and we are just awaiting funds transfer followed by transfer to PIF. Was ambitious hoping for today but no doubt early next after the hols for respective countries pass

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #25

    All the wannabee ITK’s jumped the gun again, hopefully one day very soon they’ll get it right, I just hope to foot they don’t congratulate themselves when they do.

    11
  • the Northumbrian

    May 21, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Rob. If that plane was carrying evacuated people wouldn’t there be an ambulance there instead? And if it was carrying papers why would there be a car with blacked out Windows beside the plane? I share your theories

    2
  • Our Toon

    May 21, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    FA cup will also resume if football makes it back, thought they may have scrapped it in the hope to finish the league as quick as possible

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Do they really need to transport documents these days?

    2
  • Australian Pie

    May 21, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon lets hope for some silverware still then! A lot less likely to get past City not in a stadium full of geordies though =[

    0
  • Dondatta13

    May 21, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    gggrrrr

    Comment #12
    Dondetta:

    Jonah Hill – Ashley
    Danny devito – penfold
    Lon Chaney – hairy hands Keys
    Boris Karloff – Andy Gray

    I would swap roles for Danny Devito and Jonah Hill, simply for comedy effect lol and I believe Jonah has trimmed down these days…

    The last 2 are still up for grabs

    1
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail for Ashley
    All the wannabee ITK’s jumped the gun again

    Totally wrong

    The original post was from a guy who had never said a peep about the takeover until yesterday
    and the same goes for the Saudi News channel

    7
  • theartfuldodger

    May 21, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #32

    The longer this takes the more the time for negative news in the press. Piracy, human rights, etc etc. The PL needs to take a call now else it will come out looking much worse.

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    May 21, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    The comical and Lee ryder knows absolutely nothing. They are the last source to know about takeover or anything nufc related.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m not wrong Jib,
    All the wannabee ITK’s jumped the gun on a gut feeling and told us it had been done. It hasn’t yet. Tomorrow maybe Twitter will go mad again and the wannabee ITK’s will tell us they’ve been given the nod or to open cans. They will keep doing this until they get it right, I do hope it’s very soon and hope when it does the wannabee ITK’s don’t say what did I tell you.

    10
  • Dondatta13

    May 21, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    As i have stated in the past….

    Less Dilly Dally and more Dilly Dilly please…

    #Cans

    3
  • Asi Fish

    May 21, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Dilly dilly

    #ToonerCans

    1
  • Thump

    May 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #37

    @RobLeenio: Friend of a friend works at the airport and reckons 4 Saudi’s got out and the plane started prepping for the return flight.

    Also Sheffield released a statement: https://www.sufc.co.uk/news/2020/may/statement-companies-house

    Sheffield United has received a number of questions in relation to filings with Companies House that were made today (Thursday 21st May 2020) by the Club and its direct parent company, Blades Leisure Limited.

    The Club confirms that there has been no change in ownership of the shares in either The Sheffield United Football Club Limited or Blades Leisure Limited. The filings at Companies House were made to allow Companies House to accurately reflect that ownership on the public record and not to disclose any change.

    Accordingly, H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa’ud remains the ultimate owner and controller of Blades Leisure Limited and its subsidiary, The Sheffield United Football Club Limited.

    The Club expects that the public record will be updated by Companies House to reflect the filings referred to above in the coming days.

    3
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #38

    I do like Richard Osman’s House of Games

    3
  • Jib

    May 21, 2020 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #39

    A plane flies from Riyadh to Newcastle as KSA is investing in NUFC
    It’s not rocket science FFS

    2
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 21, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Chronicle reporting on last hour that there is no hic-ups in the deal going ahead and Ashley is waiting for the nod from the Premiership

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