Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer spoke out about the proposed takeover in the North East as he was a pundit for the BBC alongside former Manchester City defender Micah Richards and presenter Gary Lineker during the FA Cup clash between the Tyneside club and City at St. James’ Park.
Speaking during the live game on the BBC (via NUFC 360), the all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League claimed that ‘most people want it to happen’ with regards to the prospective £300 million deal that has previously been agreed between current owner Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabian-led group.
The 49-year old also said that the Magpies ‘are in limbo’ with the whole situation and added that ‘something has to happen, positive or negative’, referring to an official announcement that has yet to be made by the top flight.
Alan Shearer on the takeover: “Newcastle are in limbo. Something has to happen, positive or negative. They need an answer. Most people want it to happen.” #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 28, 2020
Indeed, several members of the Toon faithful are still awaiting for official confirmation as to whether the bid will be approved by England’s highest division or not, and it seems as if even Shearer is getting increasingly frustrated.
The would-be owners are still awaiting the much eagerly-anticipated results of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by the league to see if the buying side are all fit and proper and therefore able to take over at NUFC.
The buying side consists of the billionaire Reuben brothers that are based in London, businesswoman and head of PCP Capital Partners Amanda Staveley and also the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and his country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
However, there have been previous allegations against the latter by Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the murdered journalist Jamaal Khashoggi, of being involved in her fiancee’s murder, as per the Daily Star.
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Whether this will ultimately affect the Premier League’s final decision is another matter, but Shearer insists that a decision needs to be made soon.
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