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Ashley Committed To Revival Of Takeover But It’s Likely Out Of His Hands



Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, who broke the news that Mike Ashley was still keeping a dialogue with the consortium, has revealed some other news regarding the current Newcastle owner. This comes in light of the letter Richard Masters sent to Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah.

Downie is reporting that a source close to Ashley is asking if the Premier League would act on the takeover should the information they have requested from the consortium be provided.

Here is Downie’s tweet.

We would expect that the league would then have to act if the Saudis provided the information that is being requested. However, that doesn’t answer the question of why the Premier League is asking for this information.

It appears from Masters’s letter coupled with what Amanda Staveley has stated publicly that the Premier League is asking for information that would put the Saudi State as part of the consortium.

Why is the league so intent on doing that? While the PIF is inexorably linked to the Saudi regime, why can’t Yasir Al-Rumayyan be the link between the Saudis and Newcastle? It’s understood that the PIF Governer was in line to become Newcastle’s chairman.


There’s either something the Premier League didn’t like in what they received from the consortium, or they are playing games to get the KSA to be named as part of the consortium. That could give the league ammunition to deny them for their alleged facilitation of broadcast piracy within Saudi borders.

There are still many questions that remain unanswered. We’d expect the consortium to make some sort of statement after today’s developments. But this does nothing for the takeover being revived which is ultimately up to the Saudis. Whether they are still bothered with owning Newcastle after this fiasco has to be in doubt.

However, it does appear that Mike Ashley is an unwitting victim in all of this. He genuinely seems to want to sell Newcastle, and in this climate, may not find a better deal than the one Staveley has brokered.

What this is going to mean for Newcastle United this season is a big worry. Ashley, who already loathed investing in the club, is going to be even less motivated now that he’s essentially severed any emotional ties to the club.

Though he’ll have to fight his apathy to at least keep Newcastle as a saleable asset. If he doesn’t do enough to keep Newcastle in a position to fight for a mid-table finish, this could be one very long season.

Note – here’s a petition to sign to get an independent review of the EPL Takeover process – please sign it – thanks.


143 comments so far

  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #1

    “why can’t Yasir Al-Rumayyan be the link between the Saudis and Newcastle?”

    this was discussed last night wasn’t it?

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  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Kevin can you answer this question?

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  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    “it does appear that Mike Ashley is an unwitting victim in all of this.”

    he’s played a blinder

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  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #4

    is Sheikh Mansour the ruler of a country? i’ll have to google this.

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  • The ledge

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh Alexa power off and go boast about thinking u were correct about the covid 19

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    There are 2 big issues I see with the crown prince not being named as an owner and the PIF trying to nominate Al-Rumayyan as their representative.

    1. It’s not Al-Rumayhan’s money and it’s not being given as a gift to him. In the legal sense he would not be the majority owner, just an an employee and a representative of the majority owner.

    2. As it’s not his money, not being given as a gift to him and he is an employee, Al-Rumayyan has no security in his current role. He was only appointed to the PIF 5 years ago and if those above him (ie MBS) decide he’s not doing a good job they will remove him and appoint somebody else. Then what happens to us?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Alexa

    Order dishwasher tablets

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  • geordietom

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

    so if the PL never gave a answer either way , why did the FA mention arbitration?…

    Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.

    what dispute PIF never got a answer off the PL …

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Jane

    Mansour is deputy prime minister and the son of the guy who ruled there for 30 years. His brother is president.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Is it me or does KV sound like Rio Ferdinand in that last post.

    Yeah but it’s not his money.

    It’s not an IPad

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  • geordietom

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    carltoon

    Aug 14, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #19
    Kevin!!!! “As We expected” eeh!!!! You never once believed there was a Takeover. And I’ve got a feeling like a few other posters your over the moon it’s over with.

    i totally agree with Carltoon about this …

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  • geordietom

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    shire …

    dunno mate i dont talk to trees …

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  • The ledge

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    I think ,I taught ,I reckon, in my opinion, I would say , I told everyone ,
    If they had of ,I would guess ,Maybe they should ,I need facts ,Show me the proof ,It doesn’t prove anything, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Tom

    Whispering grass 😉

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15
  • Regan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ll never look at a tree the same way again

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    GT

    I believe the “dispute” in question was who should be named and tested, rather than the final outcome of the test.

    If that was settled by an arbitration panel, they could still contest other aspects of the decision if the PL decided to decline them, just not that one aspect.

    Arbitration panels consist of extremely well qualified individuals. It was a very reasonable offer from the PL and would have given both sides a fair result from an independent body.

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  • Great White Hunter

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #18

    From previous, if anybody had the time and effort to analyse the bias for the southern clubs, regarding the loan for Spurs ground finance and West Ham new Olympic stadium grant etc… and all the other under the counter deals from the PL & FA for London clubs etc….even the Watford’s, Fulham & Millwall seem to do ok compared to the North East clubs, who tend to financially struggle without any help or support from them, no wonder we get anoyed and bitter…. bah humbug !

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  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #19

    ledge what’s your opinion?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t fit a tree in a deep fat fryer

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  • Regan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Would have a bloody good go though Shire mate

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  • The ledge

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Alexa my opinion is any low life that uses covid 19 to try prove they were correct about anything can feck right off and should be glad that there not face to face with somone who has lost someone to this shitty illness .

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  • SiOliver

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like those who didn’t want a Saudi takeover are starting to squirm their way to the surface hiding behind the alleged failures of the PIF.

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  • Regan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Alexa. .can I get a tree in my chip pan

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  • The ledge

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Are we still waiting to see are the saudis involved or have we enough proof now .
    Have we also enough proof that there was an actual takeover now .
    Seems the experts have started to tell anyone who will listen now why it went wrong odd that.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Going for a Barca win tonight. I know everyone fancies Bayern and I can see why in some ways, but I

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #27

    …but I can see Barca pinching it.

    (Hit post too soon…)

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28
  • jane

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #29

    The ledge don’t take me seriously.

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  • Dondatta13

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Taken from twitter…

    If the WTO report says PIF and KSA are separate entities (also good detail on this by @TheFootballLaw) but the premier league don’t take this as fact. Nor do they accept formal letter direct from KSA.

    Then can they count the rest of the WTO report as fact?

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  • SiOliver

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t care about Barcelona I support Newcastle United

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  • Dragon64

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    wor flags got a display at the mo at sjp

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  • Dragon64

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #33

    sorry goth didn’t see that

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  • Northumbrian

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #34

    What a showing by WOR flags outside the stadium, absolutely excellent.

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Thanks for the link jib

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Dondatta

    When did the WTO say that? I thought they were ruling on BeoutQ rather than the PIF. Don’t recall them mentioning the PIF.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Fair enough Si, I quite like watching different teams too but I know many just watch the club they support. Each to their own.

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  • Dondatta13

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Alot of neggers held the WTO up as gospel…

    So when the WTO say that PIF and the KSA are indeed separate, why the shenanigans by the PL?

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    NUFC 360
    @NUFC360
    A source close to PIF has said that they provided written assurances from the Saudi Royal Court to the Premier League that there would be no state interference in the running of the club. #nufc Exploding head [Sky Sports News]

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  • Great White Hunter

    Aug 14, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Great from Wor Flags, well done lads, could we see a flag with MBS on, that would really get to PI, maybe asking to much. Well done.

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