Newcastle United reporter 'confident' that takeover will happen

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Newcastle United's takeover is still expected to go ahead, according to Chronicle Live's Mark Douglas.

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 says that he's still confident of the deal being finalised.

Writing for Chronicle Live, Douglas said: "I think that confidence has stayed with me through the whole process.

"It's why I still think it'll happen.

"I've never spoken to people as confident about something before and it not eventually come off.

"But of course, there's been a few times now where it's felt very imminent and not come off."

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

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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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