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The Newcastle Takeover Is Showing Premier League To Be Indecisive And Lacking Leadership


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.

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63 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    So i guess the Vegan will say he is lying for Ashley and there is no takeover

    8
  • TomaKaThor

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Who is checking up to see if the Premier league have fit and proper people running it? Absolute joke they have turned this into.

    26
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh God . . . . any minute now . . . just got that feeling that the wind is coming from the south west, damp, sticky and smelling slightly of legumes ..

    5
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    if it stretches past next week it will infuriate me but what can you do….

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Did you Know that can frogs catch chlamydia?
    – must warn Kev!

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope the BBC have a tape of a crowd singing “Why are we waiting”
    to play in the background this evening

    14
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    * frog scan catch chlamydia
    mmissed again

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Mr Graves on SSN still tie less

    2
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Good article Dr ed I sure wish masters would spend a day reading this blog.

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    @jib – we should have a serious DJ mixing at one end . . much better solution

    0
  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    This has all become very boring, one minute it is imminent, next it’s off and then low and behold it has the green light, cans cans..
    Richard Masters looking a right smug Twix with him and his cronies just stringing everybody along. It is looking increasingly obvious that the Premier League is trying to provoke a bidding war for the Premiership rights in the Middle East..
    Greedy Barstewards…

    7
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Northumbrian
    That’s Mr Masters to you son

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    My deepest apologies master masters it is then.

    2
  • c-dog

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Graves Is a proven liar

    1
  • Harrogate mag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Good job his last name isn’t bates

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    If Richard was placing a maggot on a hook
    Would he be a Master baiter ?

    8
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    @masters
    Big fan of @ED ~ known for it, probably helped get him the gig

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Long wait today hate the bloody wait. I’m like a kid in the back of the car saying are we there yet

    3
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Master Bates?? headteacher?

    0
  • beermonkey

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    jib

    does ashley not sign ur pay cheques
    just frame one of them for him

    8
  • WLtoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Good morning all,

    Its quite unsavoury outside so i think it`s a cuppa and chill for a couple of hours.

    So who was the SSN presenter who referred to Ashley as ” The former Newcastle United owner”.
    Naughty boy let it slip did`nt he.

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    ah yes i get it my old head teacher was called Bates and when people dared they’d use the term but he was vicious

    0
  • giimps

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    I think the premier league like qatar as they have been shown to be willing to give backhanders for the right to hold and broadcast things, maybe they all need new rolex’s or a new Bentley at prem headquarters.

    3
  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    masters doesnt have a choice he has to rubber stamp it, the saudis have gone through hoops for the PL and the small matter of the government breathing down masters back to sanction the deal dont think the PL would fancy a major court case do yous

    4
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    beermonkey
    Nah
    Keith Bishop signs my paycheck
    That would do I guess

    5
  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Procrastination

    So,
    Deferment
    Postponement
    Stalling
    Delay
    Putting Off
    Adjournment
    Richard Keys
    Andy Gray

    Just some of definitions of procrastination, what are the EPL up to.
    Man, if they do not want to give approval then just say so, this is getting more worse than the bloody lockdown I am getting so frustrated.

    If it is true and the bid has lost exclusivity and ultimately maybe approval, then it will be dragging on for another month or two for any new bidders that fancy their chances with MA.

    So…………………. signing………………off…………….
    The gaps are procrastination pauses.

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    @WL
    As you noted in your closing remarks last night
    Doesn’t look nice out there . . not a day to dry the duvets

    0
  • kilcline

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    The deal is dead, no chance of it going through.

    Premier league are a disgrace, Liverpool fans are generally scum and should be held to account for what they have done over the last few days, oooooo it’s never our fault we are he’s done by, eff off, absolute scum

    Masters or whatever his name is a total coward and should be held to account for delaying our preparation

    I’m still drunk by the way

    6
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #248
    Jeez I remember that shit-hole Maine Road
    Travelling through Moss-side thinking
    “Wow – Some parts of the North East are rough
    but nowhere near as rough as this”

    Jib that must have been some Taxi fare.

    5
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #30

    toon22 and KV were having a mass debate last night

    4
  • wynsleap

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #31

    I find it ironic that The Premier League are running a Fit and Proper Persons Test to takeover a football club when they, themselves, are obviously not Fit and Proper Persons to run the League.
    It really is time now when pressure is put on this lily-livered shower to make a decision whether it be by the club, the fans, the Fans Groups, the Council, The Prime Minister or our local MP (or all of them). They are making themselves look incompetent fools and are illustrating a dereliction of duty towards Newcastle United fans, Newcastle United players and management and Newcastle United employees. Their job is to fight in the best interests of their member clubs and as far as Newcastle United is concerned they are not fit for purpose.

    17
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #32

    @ jib
    Almost time for the ranae princeps & the show to start … (Sunday).

    0
  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #33

    anglo saxon

    aye I remember maine road alreet but worse was oldhams,rotherham, blackburn god the list is endless been to some grounds in my past some right shitholes

    2
  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #34

    wynsleap

    yep I would agree with that

    0
  • WLtoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #35

    See Henry Mauriss seems to have STFU since he was sounded out by the fat controller, thats if you believe that Ashley asked him to pay a 5M bond .
    It was all BS anyway, if there is another bid i think it could be De Grossa.

    0
  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I knew what you meant
    Spanish for frog is rana

    0
  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Jib @30. Spilled my morning coffee there

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #38

    @SS
    “the bid has lost exclusivity” ~ hadaway & loss ya cell m8

    1
  • archaeomag

    Jun 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #39

    The brotherhood of the latin languages

    0
  • WLtoon

    Jun 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #40

    archaeomag,

    that comment was this morning mate, sure it was. unless my memory has totally gone 🙂

    1


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