Mark Douglas reveals when NUFC takeover 'must be completed'


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.

With such delays a lot of supporters have cast doubt over whether a deal will be completed in time for the club to sign players this summer, and Mark Douglas of Chronicle Live believes that a deal has to be done if they don’t want on-field matters to suffer.


Writing in a Q&A for Chronicle Live, Douglas said: “I’m not even thinking about the possibility of it not being approved before the next season starts.

“It would be hugely damaging to the squad.

“A few recruitment plans are in place already so I think a few things would be done – but would it be enough?

“NUFC need additions to move themselves forward or there’ll be in the relegation mix again at some point.”


GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…

You’ve got to feel sorry for the Newcastle United supporters.

The club is the heart and soul of the community on Tyneside and fans just want an answer – and rightly so.

Mike Ashley is a universally unpopular figure in the North East and so it’s no surprise that so many are keen to see the back of him.

However with plenty of controversy surrounding the potential investors, there’s plenty to consider.
It’s the right thing for the Premier League to do as they do a thorough examination of the key figures in the Saudi-based consortium, but surely a decision must be close.

If it’s not, then I think it’s key that the Premier League make their concerns public as transparency has to be key in this situation.

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