Chris Waugh explains who's to blame for Newcastle United takeover delay


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 to a lengthy delay from the Premier League as they investigate the latest goings on.

This is clearly an unenviable task that they're undertaking, but according to Chris Waugh of The Athletic, he's starting to lose his patience with their slow decision-making.

Writing in a Q&A on The Athletic, Waugh said: "I did feel sympathy for the Premier League previously but I'm not sure I do any more.


“Masters said he wanted it to be resolved "soon" and I can't see why it has dragged on this long if that's the case.

“They didn't want to have to be dealing with this complex situation, I entirely accept that, but it is now surely time for a decision to be made.”

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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