Newcastle United fans must be cautious over takeover, says Piers Morgan


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.

The latest twist in the tale saw Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab sanction international human rights abusers, including plans to freeze assets and prevent entry into the country for organisations and individuals accused of atrocities and abuses including 20 Saudi nationals.

Those involved with the deal to buy Newcastle United have continually distanced themselves from such atrocities, but it'll no doubt feature in the Premier League's decision over the suitability of the buying party.

But while it's only right for the Premier League to carry out a full assessment, Pier Morgan has urged supporters to be cautious over a buying party with such a track record.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, as quoted by Chronicle Live, Morgan said: "To Newcastle fans, if you are unhappy with the current owner, the Crown Prince will be much worse.

"For fans, I want to say, if Mike Ashley's tenure has been like a bad dream, for them the Crown Prince will be like a nightmare."


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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