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Project Big Picture Can Only Help Newcastle’s Takeover Efforts

The big clubs showed their hand in Project Big Picture by naming nine clubs who would have extra powers in the league.

We’re sure they made it nine and not six, to try to camouflage what they were really trying to do – give even more control to the top six clubs in the league than they already have.

And one the things they brought up in Project Big Picture was they could veto any deal for a takeover of a Premier League club that the PL had OK’s in their owners’ and director’s test.

Only 6 of the 9 clubs needed to vote to stop any takeover.

The gall of it all!

There were whisperings this year that Liverpool and Tottenham were getting at Premier League CEO Richard Masters to block the Amanda Staveley led takeover of Newcastle.

When the consortium pulled out of the deal, after 17 very long and tedious 17 weeks in the owners’ and directors’ test, Ms. Amanda Staveley said the top Premier League clubs were against the deal from the start.

And the suspicion is that Masters bowed to their wishes, although he has denied this,

After the deal seemingly collapsed, but without the Premier League formally turning down the bid, this is what Amanda Staveley (shown above) said:

“The other clubs in the Premier League didn’t want it to happen,”

Project Big Picture has revealed the thoughts of the big six clubs, and that can only help Nick De Marco QC and Shaheed Fatima QC, who are representing Newcastle United and Mike Ashley in trying to get the deal done.

We think we have a very good case if it eventually goes to court .

One of the reasons it didn’t go through is that the big six clubs want to keep up their monopoly of the Premier League.

While it’s good for them it reduced the competition in the league, so that way it’s not good for the Premier League.

That’s one of Richard Masters’ responsibilities, yet the signs are that he bowed to the big clubs, and we haven’t yet heard a good valid reason why he didn’t allow the deal to go through.

That may suit Masters but if he’s taken to court that is a big weakness in the PL’s case.

We may be wrong on this – but we still think this deal will eventually go through.

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62 comments so far

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #41

    no chance Peter. don’t talk such heresy.

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #42

    Cyprus, inevitable that ASM will get injured. Too fast and too fouled. Unless refs pick up on the fact that opposing teams rotate who kicks him, and just start booking them, he will get injured.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #43

    jibs talked about more since he’s been gone and there’s even been sightings and claims of a resurection. there’ll be a jib cult soon. people will worship the holy trinity of jeff from benwell, jib, and hexham toon.

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #44

    I still don’t quite understand the fixation with alts – I come on here for the latest nufc gossip/rumour/discussion etc. and none of us know each other in the real world (except for Peter) so I’m not bothered how many alts somebody uses – I don’t know the real person anyway!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #45

    What an unbelievable and embarrassing few days for Liverpool and Man U !
    Did they really think they could pull that off?
    The 3 additional clubs to make 9 were equally ridiculous. Southampton and Wet Spam! WTF? Ok Everton meet the criteria big club, ever present in the top division. Did they not think Leicester were worthy having won the premiership in 2016 and upwardly mobile?
    One thing is obvious to me; our takeover was held up by a combination of Liverpool, Man U and Masters. If it goes to court they are beaten before they start!

  • Wor Bairle

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #46

    Anyone hear that pop ?

    Think 22’s head just exploded 😀

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #47

    Moonraker, even the government stepped in and said they would block it. Hence the climb down with no argument.

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #48

    Good point Martoon. Just one question, giving that I have many sisters….. which one did you marry? 🙂

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #49

    Agreed re alts, but Jib was a very prominent blogger with lots of info. For a long period he was constantly backing the regime and he seemed to change when the takeover was confirmed as a real bid. The fact that he’s disappeared suggests the t/o is going to happen anyway!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #50


    Plenty of posters have changed their names but they make no secret of it, except for one obvious candidate!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #51

    “Anyone hear that pop ?”

    Word (“pop”) – space – question mark. Bit of a giveaway.

  • hibbit

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #52

    ron if your still about – there’s an interesting article that might be of interest to you about uk/euro bank accounts in the evening standard business section, tried to put a link up but our site wouldn’t allow it,

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #53

    Ron Knee is JIB!!!!! get the dunking stool out

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #54

    If he dies then he is innocent

  • Swlabr

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #55

    Ron, and Lesh if you’re still around, this is a good read.


    I hope the link works.
    (P.S. I don’t read the Conservative woman, it was a Google suggestion)

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #56

    If Ron wants to know about banking in Europe, give me a shout. I have a German and Czech bank account. I would guess he already uses a forex exchange account to transfer money (circa £50 to transfer 20,000 euros at spot rate) rather than the ridiculous rates offered by bank and nose bleed rates at airport.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #57


    Thanks. So far I’ve heard nothing from my bank. Perhaps because they have enough customers living in France to be viable?

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #58

    Ron, I never paid the buy/sell price. just the spot rate at the time. Otherwise it is buy 10% above and sell 10% below. So 20% profit to bank. Airports take it out to 40%.

    Get a proper forex account and 20,0000 can be converted for £50 equivalent to .00025% if my maths is correct

  • peter5199

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #59

    benefit of being a UK ltd company working for a Belgium company paid in euros to a German bank whilst working in Czech and paying UK taxes. lol.

    Either that or I am an international money launderer

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #60


    My problem is/was what to do with the pittance I have in the UK if the bank closes on me.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #61

    The 3 additional clubs to make 9 were equally ridiculous. Southampton and Wet Spam! WTF? Ok Everton meet the criteria big club, ever present in the top division. Did they no

    Ever present – that’s not relevant as it was just a convenient yardstick that the big six found. By most other criteria the list would be very different.

    They talk about Financial support for the EPL yet most of the clubs mentioned in the Perry and Glaister handbook Nine Kampf are hardly in a healthy position themselves.

    Spurs – up to their neck in debt with the new stadium cost
    Man Ure – morally bankcrupt
    Chelsea – owner barred from UK
    Arsenal – might be ok but who knows ?
    Man City – were barred from Europe for financial irregularities but wriggled out of that
    Liverpool – hardly a shining example and American franchise model

    Everton – will implode with the costs of their planned new stadium ( but Liverpool wants them around for their derby and to kick ass ).

    Southampton – Da Gossa trying to buy them for £200million. Can’t see the EPL approving that deal in the current circumstances.Unless Richard Masters lives on the south coast.

    West Ham – state and tax payer sponsored stadium on the cheap for the Lundun tourists – except there aren’t any now. More white elephant status than Nellie the elephant.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #62

    Not withstanding that with HS2 which is stupidly over budget again the train network from London to Merseyside and Manchester with Southampton a dormitory town for the London club cabal is handy and it’s all a little too convenient.


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