Lee Ryder shares theory over Newcastle takeover delay

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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.

That has led the Premier League to carry out an incredibly in-depth owner's and director's test, to which no verdict is yet to be returned.

Speculation over what the outcome will be is rife, and according to Lee Ryder of Chronicle Live, he wonders if it could be bad news coming Newcastle's way.

Writing for Chronicle Live, Ryder said: Have Newcastle United's prospective new owners passed the owner's and director's test or not?

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"It is a very simple question that nobody wants to answer.

"Steve Bruce said that journalists should get "stuck in" to the Premier League on the subject.

"But top-flight chiefs are still refusing to stand up where things stand, despite Bruce's calls.

"Have we reached the stage where there is bad news and nobody wants to deliver it?

"Or is there still work to do from the bidding side in order to meet Premier League demands?

"After almost four months, they are questions that NOBODY has managed to answer on the record.

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"No wonder fans are sick to the back teeth of it."

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.

Otherwise I think supporters will continue to be hugely frustrated until a decision.

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