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Newcastle Are Now Closer To A Takeover Than Ever Before

It was almost a perfect day for Newcastle fans yesterday.

The lads put on some show at St, James’ Park yesterday against the Blades in front of an empty stadium (the perfect boycott?)  to register a terrific 3-0 win.

That takes us to 38 points from 30 games, and we are now 11 points above the drop zone: we started Project Restart 8 points above the drop zone.

What a difference a game (and a day) makes.

The win also improved our goal difference, so that was also good.

But there was even more important news yesterday that the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (IP)  put out a tweet via their official Twitter feed, where they say they will “block 231 websites that violate intellectual property regimes.”

It looks like, after the WTO report last week slammed the Saudi kingdom for not preventing the stealing of intellectual property, that they are now willing to crack down on that: in particular the sporting of Premier League TV signals by Saudi-based beoutQ from Qatar-based TV channel beIN Sports.

That has been a problem for the Amanda Staveley consortium attempting to buy Newcastle for £300M.

The deal has been in the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test for over 10 weeks now.

Assuming this news is accurate, and it has come directly from the official Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, it means the Saudi government has pledged to ensure beoutQ will stop stealing the Premier League signals.

It’s something they haven’t done over the last couple of years, and it has been the single biggest problem for the Newcastle takeover.

And it’s more than just the Premier League games since beoutQ has been stealing other sports broadcasts from beIN Sports.

This is also in line with Saudi Arabia saying they will bid aggressively for the rights to the Premier League games when they come up for renewal in 2022.

Next year they will try to outbid their adversarial neighbors Qatar and beIN Sports for those TV rights.

So it seems it’s a win for the Premier League, a win for football, and most of all a win for Newcastle United because is appears the takeover can now go ahead.

There are some headlines today that the takeover could be announced this week.

It seems the main barrier to that happening has been removed, but we’ll refrain from making such a claim because it would be about the 183rd time we will have said that since late March.


So while we sit back and reflect on the excellent performance of the lads yesterday, we may have even better news coming through very soon.

Howay The Lads!!

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18 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    HWTL get it done

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Rotonda heights
    It’s just a shame it took Bruce 30+ games to try something different

    Yesterday was game number 30

  • Zele

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3


    I agree with you that the switch to a back four has made all the difference.

    It’s allowed our more creative players to shine.

    I thought Rose looked in better shape.

    All our players looked in good shape whereas the Sheffield players didn’t look very sharp at times. Could this be because it was their second competitive game ? I guess we will discover on Wednesday against Villa.

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    30 prem games, a few friendlies and cup games but he did start the 4 at the back in the few games before the lurgy came

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Billa will be spent , playing 3 games in short time after 3 month outage will push their limits

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Villa even

  • Zele

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7


    I would be very concerned if Bruce had abandoned Rafa’s tactics and formation when he took over.

    To me he has done the right thing by going for evolution instead of revolution, assessing the players over time and in different types of games against different teams.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8


    I know it’s been against 10 men for 2 games running but going to a back 4 has massively improved our possession stats and shooting / scoring opportunities. However, I think people were justifiably unimpressed previously with the park the bus hoofball which was an awful watch and had us bottom of every stat, except Dubs, for most saves made.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9


    + cup games

  • giimps

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Was Bruce not guided by injuries into going with a back 4 ,he did try earlier vs Leicester i think, but reverted back after Hayden was sent off and they ran amok (just like we did vs Sheff yesterday)

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    ASM on the left wing and ……………….

    Borussia Dortmund would be willing to accept a bid of around £90m for Jadon Sancho this summer.

    (via SportBild)

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Also I’ll add to my post on Craig hope, I didn’t want to add this but will because Jim White also said he’d seen a copy of the letter sent by the Saudi IP dept to the prem FIFA etc but I take what White says with a table spoonful of salt.

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    End the speculation and grant the sale !

  • jane

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    “Are you still claiming nowt is happening all a fake over still and Amanda after a pay day??”

    yes i think it’s unlikely to happen but i’m not an ITK it’s just my opinion which is as valid as yours.

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    it’s just my opinion which is as valid as yours.

    Like your opinion about the Swedes and the way they handled Covid19 ?

  • lesh

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Where there’s big money and strategic and operational aims at stake, decisions on senior staff appointments and roles aren’t normally made on the basis of sentimentality. Big business doesn’t give people a chance when there’s hundreds of millions involved.

  • WLtoon

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Good morning lads n lasses, what a day yesterday . When your team wins it makes all the difference the next morning , all the smiling faces.

    I think the way Bruce is setting us up now is the way to go til the end of the season. We look much more attractive on the eye with four at the back.
    I don`t want to tempt fate but if we play like we did yesterday then we should beat Villa.
    By the way, quite a few posters want Grealish at the club next season, and i am guilty of thinking he would be a great addition to the squad, i have changed my mind.

  • hibbit

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    lesh spot on


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