Newcastle United takeover will be decided by money, says George Caulkin


Supporters continue to face an anxious wait as a decision over Newcastle United'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.

There's been plenty of speculation as to why such a delay has occurred, with issues such as human rights violations and piracy both being investigated amid the interest from Saudi Arabia.

But while such matters have delayed the final decision from the Premier League, George Caulkin of The Athletic believes that the significant money on offer will be what pushes the deal over the line.

Speaking on the Pod On The Tyne podcast, Caulkin said: "The very simple rule of thumb is that money wins, and that’s not something I particularly like, but it tends to be a fact when it comes to the Premier League.

"I’ve always thought that finally, ultimately, eventually, money will win – and I suppose I mean Saudi money – yes, coming into Newcastle but also coming into the Premier League and that there is a way of making that work for everybody.”


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

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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