It’s strange but St. James’ Park has been fenced off, so fans can’t get into the ground or the parking lot.
Maybe that means there is an imminent announcement regarding the takeover, and either way, yes or no, it will attract fans to the ground.
After all, it’s 15 weeks yesterday that the takeover papers were sent to the Premier League by the Amanda Staveley consortium.
And there’s news in the Independent today that the deal will not be blocked, and will finally be waved through by the Premier League.
If that’s the case it would be nice to announce it before Sunday’s game, which may be why St, James’ Park has been fenced off.
Potential new CEO Amanda Staveley – looks happy enough
It could also be fenced off in case it’s been tuned down, of course – we have to hope for the best.
Newcastle have been forced to go ahead with their plans for the summer and next season, with business as usual.
But all that would change quickly if the Premier League announced the takeover has been successful.
And it’s promising that the Athletic has reported the consortium have held several meetings to discuss the current squad, the latest one being last Monday.
Here’s what one source told the Independent about the pending deal:
“We don’t see a legitimate reason to stop the sale.”
Another source has said the Saudis are deliberate in what they invest in (with their Public Investment Fund) and will not give up on the Newcastle takeover:
“The decision making-process (leading to the involvement in the sale) was very deliberate. They (PIF) do not make knee-jerk decisions.
While the Independent says the sale will finally go through when is the big question.
There’s really not as much positivity in the report as their headline suggests – “Newcastle preparing to start next season under Mike Ashley but Saudi Arabia sale set to go through.”
That’s really not much comfort for Newcastle fans – how long is this thing to go on without a decision?
But things must be coming to a climax, and some decision must be made by the Premier League, who have hardly looked decisive over the last three or four months.
And as we’ve said before – this could only happen to Newcastle.
25th communication to the Premier League – “get off the fence and make a decision – do your job.”