Newcastle United journalist delivers reassuring takeover update


Newcastle United supporters are hoping for a final decision on the club's takeover.

News broke over three months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club, meaning that the fans have been on tenterhooks ever since.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, with just one final test standing in their way.

The club are currently waiting on a verdict from the Premier League as to whether the £300million deal can go ahead.

While such uncertainty is hugely frustrating for everyone associated with the club, Chronicle Live's NUFC editor Mark Douglas believes that the recent positive updates are still well-placed.

Speaking on the ‘Everything is Black and White‘ podcast, Douglas said: “We just need some kind of decision there really, I think we need to know what’s going on.

"And it’s frustrating for us because you know the source who told us last week, that it will happen, is very well placed within the consortium.

"He will know what’s being said and he won’t be misleading anybody.

"Those people around that group won’t be misleading anybody, it’s their firm belief what they are telling us, but it’s not happening and that suggests that either their read on it is not quite as good as it should be, or the Premier League, or people around this deal, this thing are saying one thing, then something else is happening.”

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While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.


For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.

The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.

But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.

If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.

That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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