We still have no decision from the Premier League on the Newcastle takeover, and they have spent almost three months in their owners’ and directors’ test now.
And there seems no end in sight for this thing, one way or the other.
If it is turned down it will now impact Newcastle’s ability to get another owner in by August, when the summer transfer window will open.
If they do turn it down after keeping everybody waiting for so long, there will likely be lawsuits they will have to face, and it will be a (another?) slap in the face for Newcastle United.
Once the WTO reported their investigation into Saudi Arabia for illegal pirating of Premier League games and other theft of Intellectual Property, they had everything they needed to make the decision.
But still nothing.
They seem frozen because either decision will bring them a torrent of criticism.
But that’s management 101 with these tough decisions.
Richard Masters – Premier League CEO
Steve Bruce thinks it’s all getting tedious too, as he had this to say as reported in the Express today:
“Like all of us, we are still waiting.”
“I think all of us feel this decision has to be made.”
It just seems to have become tedious.”
“It’s been going to be this week, it’s going to be due in days, it’s going to be in 48 hours.”
“We need the people who are making decisions to make that decision.”
“We need them to make it. And be quick about it.”
Those are appropriate words from the Newcastle manager, who may lose his job when the new owners come in.
Why are we waiting is a very good question.
But the Premier League look indecisive, lacking leadership and are getting close to looking incompetent too.
Make a decision.