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The Premier League Didn’t Do Their Job – They Just Sat On The Fence And Hoped The Takeover Would Go Away

Amanda Staveley and the consortium she put together were going to give Steve Bruce a season to show what he could do at Newcastle when some investment was made into the playing side of the club.

That’s some of the news that has come out of the disaster yesterday, it was around 4:00pm when it was announced that the Saudi PIF had decided to pull out of the deal.

Something some journalists had reported would never happen.

But we think what happened was the Premier League CEO Richard Masters said to them they were simply not going to make a decision on the takeover and this thing would drag on and on and he persuaded them to withdraw.

That got the Premier League and Rochard Masters out of a hole they had so carefully dug for themselves since they received the takeover papers on April 9th.

Richard Masters – the weak and timid Premier League CEO

Iy now looks like they never wanted to OK the deal from the start, and they were looking for some way to specifically turn it down.

When they couldn’t find that they sat on the fence and wouldn’t make a decision, something they should not have been allowed to do.

We wonder if another big buyer comes in for Newcastle what they will find wrong with the new deal, or whether they will just take the same tact and not make any decision.

It’s really a disgrace what the Premier League have done, and Ms. Stavley tells us the top Premier League clubs were against the takeover from the start.

That’s simply because we would be a real danger to all that money they were making in Europe every single season.

And a revitalized Newcastle United, with our mad=gnificent fan base, would very soon become a power to be reckoned with in European football.

But CEO Richard Masters caved to those clubs and other pressures, and notice we didn’t get any reason(s) why the deal was not passed, after being almost four months in their owners’ and directors’ test.

It’s worked out perfectly for Masters and his cronies.

But woe betide him if we have another bid into the owners’ ad directors’ test and the tries to do the same thing.

There should be an independent investigation as to why the Staveley bid did now pass the owners’ and directors’ test – where specifically did it fail.

And what clubs were pressuring Masters to say no?

The Premier League have gone way down in our estimation and Masters is simply a puppet to the big clubs.

They must think he’s an excellent CEO – protecting what’s becoming a monopoly for them in Europe.

And yes, we must move on – once the hurt and even more dashed hopes diminish.

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55 comments so far

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #41


    just watch them scramble runing away from coming anywhere near our city mate there gutless cowards there yellow and everyone else who has had a dig of our club and our city you best be very careful from now on

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #42

    If we are honest, virtually every club in the PL will be opposed to us being taken over and becoming a superpower hopefully.

    the teams at the top dont want to get knocked out of the way and lose their position at the top table.
    the teams at the bottom dont want a perennial struggler and relegation candidate moving up the table as it increase their own chances of relegation.

    the days of clubs doing what is best for the league as a while are gone, just look at league one with the clubs all voting for what suited their own interests instead of finishing the season to make it fair.

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #43

    mund not seen, that but will be very surprised if man city as the 2 heads of state owners are personal friends,

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #44


  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #45

    If Ashley is 100% commuted to the deal then mauriss must be way off of his thoughts.

  • Muz

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #46

    If there’s a shown link to Man City pushing to block it, that could be more problems for Middle East relations. Saudis’ and Emirates are usually on good terms.

    Thinking about it, Masters might be the CEO but he’s completely beholden to the rest of the board who beholden to their mates at the clubs. Look at all the stories that have come out citing all sorts of crap from ‘people in the know’ – it’s been one big massive campaign from other clubs to stop it.

    A resurgent NUFC would undoubtedly unseat one of them at the top of the table eventually. It’s not about competition, it’s about security of income. Just look at the bloody table to see the gulf between the ‘big clubs’ and the rest of the league. It’s a bloody gentlemans agreement between them all to keep the status quo. CL money, Prem Money, Sponsorship – bastards the lot of them.

    I really hope that PIF stick it to them. And even Ashley, he’s not afraid to get into a legal battle which is precisely where I see this going now.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #47

    if I was the saudis id be withdrawing all the funding they do with all clubs in the league as well as show my disrespect towards the british government here I honestly dont think the government will like this one little bit

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #48


    divint think he was ever in the mix mate

  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #49

    Commited and out*

  • Timmers09

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #50

    Well I haven’t commented on the blog for years, but I need a cathartic off load after probably 100 smug whatsapps from now “ex friends” and a hug.

    I can’t say im not surprised, the PL looks like many of these big organisations included Mr Ashley’s to be run by this swathe of poor middle managers that have be promoted above ability because good people didn’t want the jobs.

    There is no way lawyers from nearly 1 trillion pounds in total between all parties involved, couldn’t fill in the Owners Test (which is not as stringent as the PL want everyone to believe). Sure I get it morally, but morals are not in the test. Otherwise lets look at any owner, Roman clean cut no crimes there, great human rights in UAE, nothing dodgy at Bournemouth/Southampton with their fine calibre of money. Ashleys “work force” all up to spec no doubt no breaches there.
    I don’t believe a conspiracy about “oooh the top 6 protected” years ago it was the big 2 then the big 4 now the big 6, City were essentially us. Its pure incompetence by people that would rather lie than say “yup messed up” just shows weak draconian managers.

    I do believe Amanda when she says there are no other bidders, that’s correct. People interested of course, im interested but I can’t buy the club as the mrs wants a new Fitbit so got save for that.
    We will be sold but not for a few years, as 300m is too high a value and I just don’t see Ashley folding on that price knowing he had it once.

  • Muz

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #51

    Northumbrian – Mauriss was never in contention. Proven links to Qatar. All part of a disinformation act ran by Qatar and collusion in the league in the hope it would salve the feelings of NUFC fans. It’s bollocks. Staveley has said there are no other bidders and it seems her statements are being coordinated with those of Ashley and the club.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #52

    Maybe it was just Man U then but both did get reported how true it is? I dunno I wouldn’t be surprised if all opposed.

    How dare the likes of West ham and Everton and Wolves get involved and Liverpool champions and European champions as it stands getting involved as well makes me sick

  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #53

    I have just emailed Mr Masters at info@premierleague.com

    For the attention of Richard Masters.


    As a lifelong Newcastle United to say I’m disappointed with yesterday’s news is a massive understatement!

    The chance for Newcastle United to move forward with hope has now, it would seem, gone. I would also wish to say that there are many, many, thousands of other fans of NUFC who feel exactly the same way that I do.

    I’m in my seventies and the only silverware that my team have lifted, in my time as a supporter, was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969 however I do recall how Newcastle United were loved as everyone’s second team when Kevin Kegan took us so close to winning the Premier League and also with Sir Bobby Robson who also came very close to winning the first top prize
    (1st Division/Premier league) since !926/27. That’s a long, long, time to wait!!!

    I feel you owe it to the fans, not just of Newcastle United to all football fans to explain why you were unable to make a decision since the application was lodged with the Premier League and please don’t talk about confidentiality because in this instance it just does not wash.

    With great sadness

    John J

  • curmon

    Jul 31, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #54

    When the petition is completed here is a question that should be raised with regards to the suitability of ownership.

    In the book Putin’s People by Catherine Belton, published a couple of months ago, it clearly states that Abramovich was instructed by Putin to buy Chelsea FC, to further the interests of the Russian State in the west. If Putin the head of the Russian State is deemed to be a fit and proper owner, even though he hides behind Abramovich, then there are no grounds to deny PIF as being unfit owners. Precedence should be quoted in any communication with the authorities or PL.

  • Simmo1957

    Jul 31, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #55

    Petition signed. I will sign the parliamentary one also when I can.
    My son rang me from NZ he is furious. We will rise again. The PL and the other clubs who objected do not realise what they have started. This deal is not dead. Keep the faith brothers. HWTL.


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