Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden has dropped a claim on the potential Newcastle United takeover.
As per The Chronicle, Dowden was asked questions by North Tyneside Labour MP Mary Glindon about whether there needs to ‘be a more pressing need for the minister to deliver a fan-led review into football governance’ given that the fans of the St. James’ Park faithful have been ‘left in limbo’ over the ongoing takeover saga.
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Replying to this, Dowden claimed that his department ‘will be making further progress’ in terms of the fan-led review following the decision by the Premier League to halt the £300m deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
Dowden also stated that he is ‘firmly committed’ to the fan-led review.
What next for the potential Newcastle takeover?
While the takeover bid by the KSA consortium was failed by the English top-flight, there still remains some optimism that it could get back on track, via previous reports from The Shields Gazette.
An arbitration case between the Tyneside club and the PL to settle their legal disputes is still pending, and the KSA’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) will need to be persuaded to come back to the table if they see more progress being made with the deal.
There is still a long way to go as of yet with so many factors that need to be sorted out first, but the fact that Dowden has claimed that more progress will be made with regards to the fan-led review should encourage some Magpies supporters – at last, they may at least get some transparency on the whole ordeal.
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