Prospective Newcastle buyers hope that the Premier League confirming its restart on June 17 will help them complete their £ 300 million takeover.
The videoconferences and documents, as well as the uncertainty over Prem’s relaunch and the controversy over the Saudi-backed consortium, all means that the takeover has been somewhat stuttering toward a conclusion.
But with the return of Prem, Amanda Staveley, brothers Reuben and Co believe that the takeover can be carried out smoothly and quickly.
However, another key in the works on TV coverage was thrown in the works.
Already prosecuted by allegations of pirating Prem games belonging to Qatar beIN Sports, the FA has also threatened Saudi broadcasts with legal action.
The Times claims that the Football Association wrote to the Saudi network KSA Sports, ordering them to stop playing past Newcastle FA Cup games – and copied the Prem in the letter.
The letter states: “We have learned that KSA Sports is involved in the unauthorized and illegal distribution of game extracts …
“As you have neither requested nor obtained permission from the FA or one of its licensees to use this content on your channels, your current use is a violation of the rights of the FA.
“Broadcast piracy is a major concern …”
Meanwhile, former England striker Paul Merson insists that Newcastle should keep Steve Bruce.
And if they fire him, “pragmatic” Rafa Benitez would be a much better option than football purist Mauricio Pochettino.
Television specialist Merse said focusing on Bruce would be a “big mistake” because he did “fantastic work”.
And he fears that the former Spurs chief Pochettino could even relegate the Toon if he tried to transform them too quickly into free-flowing artists.