We were not left too enthralled after reading Mark Douglas’ piece in the Chronicle this morning on the Southampton takeover back in 2017.
That also dragged on in the owners’ and directors’ test like Newcastle’s takeover is doing at the moment.
The Saints one was initially turned down but then was then approved on appeal, with a few changes made about who the owners would be.
It took eight months!
We surely cannot wait that long at Newcastle to see if this takeover is either rejected or backed by the Premier League?
There’s not much new news as the days and weeks pass by, and this thing has gone on far too long.
But Premier League CEO Richard Masters (shown above) has talked to MPs about the takeover – well, sort of – he says he cannot talk about it.
This is what he said as reported in the Chronicle:
“We can’t provide a running commentary on things and, as I said, I just can’t talk about the specifics of this particular process,”
“There are legal requirements in place that need to be observed.”
I do appreciate that uncertainty, I cannot comment in terms of timing or the specifics on any particular takeover.”
“But in a perfect world, takeovers would happen cleanly, clearly and in a timely fashion.”
“Sometimes, things get complicated.”
So there you have it.
An update on the Newcastle takeover with very little new details revealed.
So what’s new?
This is getting very frustrating for Newcastle fans everywhere, and even for people in the game and affected by it.
Like Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, for example, who would like to know where he will be, come September.
We’ve given up forecasting when this thing could come to a decision – next January, perhaps?
If this thing is finally rejected, that will not be good.
And that’s also a huge understatement.