Newcastle takeover makes headlines as Mike Ashley remains open for sale to Saudi consortium

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Mike Ashley is still open to selling Newcastle United to the Saudi-led consortium, according to United chief executive Lee Charnley.Elsewhere, NUST and Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah led the Premier League call for answers.

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NUFC Declaration

Newcastle United chief executive Lee Charnley has revealed the club are still open to selling the club to Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and the Saudi public investment fund.



LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct International, arrives to attend a select committee hearing at Portcullis House on June 7, 2016 in London, England

However, the current regime says they will now focus on summer recruiting and would be working on their second signing of the summer behind the scenes.

What’s next for NUFC?

Newcastle United remain in the market with Mike Ashley a willing seller – something he sought to highlight through a rare intervention on Friday.

The club have maintained their advice through months of speculation, only for today’s statement to reaffirm Ashley’s commitment to the PiF and PCP Capital Partners deal that collapsed on Thursday.

Although there was a belated attempt to renegotiate the terms, Amanda Staveley denied that Ashley was a problem in the sale.

And the Newcastle owner retains the desire to sell the club – to the point that it will make any return to the table easier for the bidder.

NUST update

The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust have demanded answers over the collapsed takeover ‘scandal’ – calling it a ‘terrible day’ in club history.

The long saga led PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben brothers and the Saudi public investment fund to withdraw their bid for the Magpies on Thursday.

Various reports and allegations – including an interview with Amanda Staveley – have accused the Premier League of the deal failing. However, the league has yet to comment on the matter.

A poll conducted by NUST showed that 96.7% of members were in favor of a takeover that would have ended Mike Ashley’s 13-year spell at the club.

Chi demands answers

The Premier League’s Richard Masters have been asked to respond to five specific points about the failed takeover of Newcastle United by one of the city’s MPs as frustration grew over the long saga.



The general election tally at Newcastle Sports Central. Newcastle Central Withholding Labor Statement, Chi Onwurah

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah wrote a heavily worded letter to Masters after the Saudi-led consortium pulled out of the deal by United.

Onwurah called on Masters to be more “responsible” to football fans and fears that the 17-week delay in the takeover decision has left the club at a disadvantage and saw the city miss a vital investment.

Jordan’s scathing assessment

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has delivered a scathing verdict on Amanda Staveley but believes a buyout deal involving the financier could still be revived.



Mike Ashley (left) and Simon Jordan
Mike Ashley (left) and Simon Jordan

Newcastle fans are asking the Premier League and its CEO Richard Masters to answer questions about why there has been such a delay on a decision and Jordan believes these are questions that Staveley and the Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, should also arise.

Shearer offers hope

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer said “we can only hope and pray” that Newcastle fans end up getting the buyout they “deserve”.



Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer

It’s a blow to fans who have put their hopes on the potential new regime and former Magpies captain Shearer shared their “huge disappointment”.

Verdict of the financial expert

Coronavirus uncertainty is no excuse for the failed takeover of Newcastle United.

This is the view of football finance expert Kieran Maguire, who believes that the decision to ban BeIN Sports in Saudi Arabia offered a sign that future owners may have “lost interest”.

Allardyce’s claims about Bruce

Steve Bruce will be “happy” with the clarity and the decision following the withdrawal of the Saudi-led takeover bid for Newcastle United.

This is the opinion of former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce, who believes that the withdrawal now allows the current head coach to focus on preparing for his second season at the head.



Steve Bruce (left), manager of Newcastle United; and former England and Everton manager Sam Allardyce
Steve Bruce (left), manager of Newcastle United; and former England and Everton manager Sam Allardyce

Allardyce believes Bruce will have welcomed Thursday’s announcement for his own job security with Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino linked in the event of a takeover.

The former England and Everton boss believes the move also removes any ‘hesitation’ in planning for next season.

A deputy “disturbed” by the abuses

An MP who challenged Saudi Arabia’s takeover of Newcastle said he was “troubled” by the number of supporters who seemed willing to ignore the country’s appalling human rights record if it meant the deal was happening.

The Saudi public investment fund and other members of a consortium hoping to buy the club announced Thursday that they had withdrawn their bid for the Premier League, accusing the “protracted process” of their decision.

John Nicolson, a Scottish National Party MP who sits on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, interviewed DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden and Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters , on the deal in committee hearings in recent months, asking how it might possibly continue given the country’s human rights record and its links to hacking that was hurting human rights affairs. the league.

He said he had been abused on social media and asked about his allegiances, but found the most worrying aspect to be the willingness to turn a blind eye to human rights violations.

Howey on the collapse of the takeover

Steve Howey admits he thought the takeover was ‘the only one’ and called on the Premier League to give Newcastle fans the answers they deserve.

With plenty of questions and answers in short supply, former Newcastle defender Howey called on the Premier League and its CEO Richard Masters for clarification.

“I think there is anger and a huge disappointment. It’s really devastating, ”Howey told Sky Sports News.

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