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The Cowardly Premier League Refuse To Make The Tough Decision – They Save Themselves By Persuading Consortium To Pull Out

It was always going to be a tough decision for the Premier League, once they were given the takeover papers by Amanda Staveley on or around April 9th.

So what did they do, they waited and waited and waited and refused even in the end, to make a decision.

Either way, the knew their decision would be met with disdain.

If they OKd the Newcastle takeover, the human rights organizations and beIN Sports and others would have criticized them remorselessly.

If they said no, then Newcastle fans would ask why did it take so long (almost four months) when they eventually turned it down, and what was it turned down for?

But what did they do when they were put in a corner by letting the takeover drag on.

Not the brave and courageous thing that most good management teams would do and make an actual decision,  and do their job.

Premier League CEO Richard Masters – coward in chief

No, they persuaded the consortium to pull their bid and they saved themselves.

Phew – that was close – we almost were forced to do our job.

To be clear here is a definition of cowardice and coward:

“Cowardice is a trait wherein excessive fear prevents an individual from taking a risk or facing danger.”

“Cowardice is the opposite of courage. As a label, “cowardice” indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge.”

“A coward – a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. “they had run away—the cowards!”

“A coward – being excessively afraid of danger or pain.

They saved themselves from having to make a difficult decision

They saved themselves from having to say exactly how the consortium failed under their current rules in the owners’ and directors’ test.

And they saved themselves from the consortium coming back to sue them.

So at the end of the day, the Premier League were thinking of nothing else but saving themselves.

And they have put Newcastle, one of their member clubs, into an awful position with four months gone down the drain, and the transfer window now open.

I cannot think that if this was a more popular club in London or in the northwest of England, it would have been approved.

The Premier League has taken the dreams of Newcastle fans away.

They have done it for their own selfish interests.

They are cowards in every sense of the word.

I know a bit about managing in a tough environment and having to make some tough decisions – and I can tell you – they are most definitely cowards in that world.

The less said the better.



129 comments so far

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #41

    The falling apart of the takeover this time could have been because of PIF’s decision not to persist due to the uncertainties as to how well Bruce manages to get us perform and how the pandemic affects our final cashflow. However I haven’t lost all my hope.

    Staveley has a number of obscenely rich backers. Unfortunately, the Qataris, a bitter opponent of some of those backers, have thrown money around to get a number of decision-makers within their fold for the time being. But if by spring Bruce manages to keep us afloat and CoViD situation is sorted, Staveley & Co may give it another go. In case the high court verdict goes for her, Stavely herself may be able to foot a better part of the bill.

    Hoping against hope, I guess. But that’s the best I can do at the moment.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #42

    Shame Swansea never got promoted then young Freddie could have had a year in the PL.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #43

    I honestly think the PL were never going to make a decision, who could force them to, seems very unfair that PiF will lose their 17M if true, you’d think their lawyers might have made moves to prevent that if the PL dithered.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #44

    JfA @40: if Dubravka leaves (never say never with anything related to NUFC) we will need him ourselves.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #45

    Gawd knows what is going to happen now. The clowns are firmly back in the driving seat, so aye, anything could happen. Luckily, with all this global uncertainty I don’t think anyone could afford ASM and Dubs has got a mistake too many for Chelsea to want him.

  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #46

    We need a new manager
    Or we are goosed next season

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #47

    I think Bruce will get reasonable backing this window, because of this turn of events, because he needs it, because of the stay away fans and because since we’ve been back up, a little more money has been made available for players over time.

    It’ll still be muted to a degree because of the lockdown, but it’ll be sufficient to allow for an improved group. I’m not sure it’d happen so much had the bid remained in the offing, and it’s little consolation, but even Ashley won’t be so silly as to add further fuel to this fire by not making reasonable money available for strengthening now.

    We simply need a stronger group of players or we’ll struggle to stay up under the circumstances.

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #48

    jail apologies for my attitude towards you last night,
    so damned angry and upset,sorry

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #49

    So i couldn`t sleep, thanks PL have a fkin nice day….TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

    “People change their feelings of pain into anger because it feels better to be angry than it does to be in pain”

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #50

    Someone needs to pay for this and explain whatta hel…happend?

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #51

    Some questions

    1. Why can Qatar have a club but Saudi cannot?
    2. How much did Qatar bribe the FA to cop out?
    3. Why can Qatar come in, cheat by breaking the rules, and get let off time and time again, but other clubs can’t?
    4. If the FA had grounds to block move, why didn’t they?
    5. Are any teams allowed to get big money, or is it no longer allowed to protect the big 6. Why not just bring a rule out saying other clubs aren’t allowed to get in the top 6 even if they get more points.

  • Master's is a ****

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #52

    The morning after the night before.

    Masters the puppet to his Qatari paymasters.

    £250m for Toon projects – think of the jobs that have just gone out of the window (even if a few contracts went to Reuben’s companies), what has the FA and the puppet done to Newcastle as a Team, as a Town and as a Region? At least Dick Turpin wore a mask eh?

    That ^^^^ piece by Ed sums it up perfectly. Thank you Dr. Ed.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #54

    Here’s what it looks like to me.

    Saudi put in a bid. Qatar & other top six pressure FA to block it, saying we will withdraw your bribes (or start a breakaway super league) as they may potentially impact our huge profits. FA look into it, but there are no grounds whatsoever for blocking it, but there are no time limits on decision, so they decide to wait forever to force Saudis out and guarantee their bribers big profits. Saudis have clearly passed the test or they would have been rejected.

    This is as corrupt as Man City and PSG breaking spending rules and getting away with it, or Qatar bribing the World Cup. Either Saudis pass the test or they don’t. You can’t just refuse to make a decision to please Qatar.

    The whole league is a joke. It’s no longer a sport if these rich clubs can force the FA to stop people competing.

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #55

    comment from sky sport this morning

    “For now, the Premier League are yet to comment on Thursday’s developments. It looks like the closing of a chapter, but there remains a sense that this is far from the end of the saga.”

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #56

    Will the FA comment?

    a) We took a bung.
    b) The top six threatened to form a Super League if anybody dare challenge their dominance.
    c) Some far fetched non-reason that didn’t break any laws and would be illegal.
    d) Keep silent.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #57

    I’m more angry about having to watch Bruce’s attacking front foot football again next season. Except I won’t be watching it. One year of that crap was painful viewing.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #58

    The Premiership have set a dangerous precedent if they allowed other clubs to block/veto deals if someone has too much money

    If Jeff Bezos of Amazon tried to buy the Toon would they try to block that deal ‘oh the guy has too much money be unfair’

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #59

    Bruce can’t get that lucky twice. He has to go or half the fans will. Maybe 10-20 of our points were deserved. How many games were we the better team? 3 or 4 I’d say.

    If we bring in Howe or someone with talent and an attacking philosophy and spend more than our competition then it will soften the blow.

    If we keep Bruce and allow him to bring in has beens from the top 6 and grafter journeymen types it’s unbearable.

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #60

    Woke this morning with a genuine sense of loss. I know that might seem dramatic as we’re talking football, but that’s how I felt.

    Weirdly enough I don’t blame Ashley in any of this. If anything, for the first time ever, I feel he’s in a horrible position. Thought he’d sold the club, doesn’t want the club and is now forced to maintain the club until he’s able to find first a buyer and second a buyer who will pass the PL’s obviously moving goalposts.

    I love how emotionally invested Amanda has sounded from reports – I won’t get my hopes up but I pray her comment of “we will be back” proves to be true. I really, really do.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #61

    Dr. Ed Harrison

    Thumbs up, the article is definitely corect and it makes me wonder if the PL have opened themselves up to litigation. Let us hope that Stavely can reconvien the bid in some way to make it unstopable.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #62

    £60M Reubens Bros / Stavely 50/50 owners / Directors

    £240m sponsorship deal from PIF with their logo plastered all over the stadium.

    Makes a mockery of the PL and is about the same deal that ManCity did with their airline sponsors.

  • Master's is a ****

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #64

    Part of the rules of negotiation is that you have the option to walk away.

    Now, if the EPL have serious egg on their face and have some serious skeletons in the closet that could be revealed, then it may be, and i know it’s unlikely but MAY be, that they pass the test and the deal gets done – cos they bricked it.

    That way the club would be taken over and we’d know nothing about it until it happened.

    We can but dream.

  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #65

    So they’ve ignored their own rules
    Dragged it out so they can say they didn’t break them


  • Ron Knee

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #66

    I do blame Ashley in part at least. The Saudis had to get the deal done now – not months later – because they know that Ashley will do the bare minimum this summer, which means NUFC will probably be sitting at the bottom end of the table by the end of the year with relegation looming once again.

  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #67

    Some people don’t seem to believe other clubs got involved in this but the strange thing is why is Amanda saying it then? Do yous no something Amanda dont because yous must if your so sure because she was the one involved in this takeover and people sayin other clubs didn’t get involved or can’t were not seems a bit odd or are some just making it up as they go .

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #68

    Just a Fat Dave Bassett
    Just to clarify, the FA & the Premier League are two separate entities. It’s the PL who delayed etc.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #69

    A lot of people in high positions are on Qatari take. That’s what it appears to me anyway. Qatar’s could bribe once for the WC, why can’t they do that again to see a rival scuppered? Things may not be as simple as they appear. Did a negotiation for a sweetener this time around caused the deal to fall through? No one would ever know.

  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #70

    Let’s get this to 4,000 signatures before 8:00 am!

    #PremierLeagueIsCorrupt https://t.co/Qw6wz7YI5L

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #71


    Masters is a bottler

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #72

    JaFDB @57: I basically agree with you except the EH part. Do you think he is mentally strong enough or should I say brazen enough to help a team deep in relegation mix?

  • Shoulders knees

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #73

    No positives at all
    I shall give the blog a miss today

  • #cans

    Jul 31, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #74

    It’s clear liverpool and spurs were involved , it’s highly unlikely that Stavely would name them explicitly without proof – lawyers would be involved and a swift denial ….. Funnily enough they’ve said nothing – maybe they’ll put out a joint statement with the F.A ?

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #75

    Is Michelle George looking at this from a legal standpoint? Looked that way to me from the BBC story.

  • #cans

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #76

    I think Stavelys closing comment that it’s not over probably means she has to find a new backer – the PiF eventually gave up on the deal due to the protracted f.a. decision but ultimately because the deal allowed them to walk away after a period of time ( 100 days? ). Masters & co probably knew that if they just delayed any decision that PiF would eventually get fed up and walk

  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #77

    Why bother with the prem
    It’s rigged
    Might as well be the WWE

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #78

    5000 signatures @0806 target now 7500 please keep the good work

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #79

    I am still livid over this, ive tried to calm down I just cant, the PL and all the clubs who refused this well guess what, I dont think they will remember what it used to be like coming to st james in the 60s 70s but by the time these clubs come up here to play they will see the shear hatred we have for them this is going to cause no end of shit this

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 31, 2020 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #80

    yeah I signed it hibbit 6 am this morning was up at 5 tossing and turning all night the wife kicked me out the bed 🙂


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