Keith Downie with Sky Sports has tweeted the following statement from Newcastle’s current managing director, Lee Charnley.
While this doesn’t say much, it’s the very first time Newcastle United have spoken on the record since the deal was agreed with the Saudi consortium back in April #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 31, 2020
As Downie says, this doesn’t say much but this is a good statement from Charnley, who is confirming assertions from Amanda Staveley that Mike Ashley did not scupper this deal.
It’s also intriguing that Charnley hints at the Saudi takeover not being dead in the water just yet. Staveley also suggested as much in her various interviews yesterday.
In her lengthy interview with George Caulkin in the Athletic, Staveley reiterated the following sentiment when asked if there was a chance at a revival of the deal:
“I don’t know. I just don’t know. I don’t want to give up, but I can’t do it on my own. I’ve tried. I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I’ve tried. You need investment. You can’t just buy a club with no investment behind you. You need £600-700 million minimum, to do a deal like this. That was all in place.”
So this coming from both Staveley and Ashley does give us some hope. However, that should not be our focus right now. We’re happy to hear Charnley’s professed commitment to Steve Bruce in the transfer window.
While, due to past history, that’s little comfort, Newcastle fans need to get behind Bruce and the lads as best as we can. There’s a new season ahead and the club has been hamstrung by the underhanded actions of the Premier League.