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Premier League Comment On Newcastle Takeover – And Muddy The Waters



Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has finally commented on the takeover attempt being led by Amanda Staveley to buy the famous Newcastle United football club from current owner Mike Ashley.

The £300M bid is 80% funded by the Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund, and that’s only one of the problems faced by the takeover.

It’s been in the hands of the Premier League since April 9th, and there are recent noises it has finally been approved.

The Chief Executive of the Premier League, who currently has his hands full orchestrating the return of the Premier League through Project Restart, was asked about the takeover by BBC Sport’s Dan Roan.

Masters commented on the takeover, and this is the first time anybody from the Premier League has made any comment on the potential deal, so it’s important in that way.

This is the short answer Masters (shown above) gave to Roan:

“I can’t say anything about it. It’s an entirely confidential process and I can’t say anything to prejudice that process.”

“Our owners and directors test is what it is, it’s there for everyone to see. We will be talking about this on a confidential basis when we get to these issues.”

And we’re sure there are many ways to translate that into what Masters really meant, especially that final sentence.

The way I took at it is since he cannot talk on the takeover at all; he just waffled something so he could say he answered the question.

But others think his comment indicates the owners’ and directors’ test is still not complete.

NUFC360 brought up that last sentence in a tweet, and the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards responded:

Not sure what that last sentence means.

There have been rumors that after the Newcastle takeover, the Premier League will update their owners’ and directors’ tests to include things like piracy of their games and even human rights issues.

Maybe?

Luke Edwards is right when he says it could simply be a very clumsy answer from the top man at the Premier League.

Let’s hope that’s the case.

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22 comments so far

  • giimps

    May 24, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Another scumbag “journalist”

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  • giimps

    May 24, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Roan not Edwards

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  • The ledge

    May 24, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I not worried at all more clickbait roan said he expects the deal to go through.
    Stol talking about food its making me HUNGRY and the wife has me on a diet .
    F..king salads and cus cus .

    9
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 24, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    giimps

    the only two sports reporters worth there salt these days is caulkin and winter the rest are garbage

    3
  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Not the kind of comment I was wanting but he may just be kicking for touch.

    1
  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 24, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    The second part of Master’s answer is in response to a different question.

    He’s asked if the O+D test is up to the job and he replies:

    “Our owners and directors test is what it is, it’s there for everyone to see. We will be talking about this on a confidential basis when we get to these issues.”

    To me that reads “we can’t fail the deal but will look at the test after”.

    To me it’s a no comment confirmation that we’ve passed.

    #CANS

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  • hibbit

    May 24, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    The ledge my sincere condolences,
    we’ve got a lump of beef in the oven as i type this,

    8
  • finnaz1892

    May 24, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    ED stop scaremongering , Masters said no comment in relation to NUFC, the second part was a general comment towards the O&D test not NUFC

    4
  • The ledge

    May 24, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Spot on Captain and Roan after the interview still reckons the deal will go through so keep the bus full of juice #cans# #spliffs #f..k diets .

    5
  • The ledge

    May 24, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    hibbit …….stop im like an olde dog here drooling the wife thinks I’m looking at porn lol!

    6
  • fairscup

    May 24, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Well said Captain – all cleared up now.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 24, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    oh did I mention that I was going to do a treacle pudding but I thought about it and said naa bugger it sorry ledge cant help it 🙂

    1
  • Muz

    May 24, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Honestly, I’d wager it’s all done and dusted but they’re holding off until lockdown is eased a bit. I think there’s genuine worry that thousands of fans will descend on SJP if it’s announced now.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 24, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    agreed captain ya crazy bugger 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    So that isn’t a direct answer, it’s to a question re the O+D test in general? Ed?

    4
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 24, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    your maybe right about that muz but the police would put up the blocks straight away mind it may cause a problem they may get steam rollered 🙂

    1
  • fairscup

    May 24, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Looks like it Munster.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    That said, Luke Edwards didn’t have that take oh it, he seemed a bit concerned.

    1
  • The ledge

    May 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Well I’m having a flipping juice yoke with spinach,blueberries ,cashew nuts ,raspberries,chia seeds, honey ,and frozen f..king banana yuk yuk .
    She says I’m to fat the cheek of her!
    I think it time for a sneaky visit to me ma’s.

    4
  • Muz

    May 24, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    My brother in law is a copper; they’re absolutely rushed off their feet handling small infractions of lockdown and apparently a lot of car theft; he’s a traffic cop and he’s chasing them constantly. They’re also smashed with calls to domestic incidents too; they’re through the roof apparently with people locked inside with each other.

    5
  • onmeedsun

    May 24, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree this is a non issue.
    Back to stadia.
    I would spend a season or even 2 at the stadium of shite if that’s what it took to redevelop our ground and keep it where it is, and SJP name is retained.
    Must look at the bigger picture, and can you imagine what it would be like to fill it with b & w shirts!
    Metro might struggle of course and the Mackems would not like it one bit.

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  • jimnufc

    May 24, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Did i not read that comment about 2 weeks ago

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