The Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has made a fresh claim on the proposed takeover of Newcastle United as he commented on the possible involvement of the UK government.
Huddleston was speaking to Sky Sports when he said about the prospective £300 million deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group: “It’s something that I’m keeping an eye on but it is a decision for those involved. It would be inappropriate for me to interfere at that kind of level.”
He reiterated that he does not think that the government should not be getting involved in the bid, believing that the decisions within the process should be footballing decisions.
Huddleston also referred to the Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) set out by the Premier League, as the results have not yet been disclosed.
Indeed, the buying side, which consists of the Middle Eastern crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), the businesswoman and head of PCP Capital Partners Amanda Staveley and the billionaire Reuben brothers, do not yet to know as to whether they have passed or failed the checks.
The results would surely give a good indicator as to whether the top flight will approve of the takeover, so members of the Toon Army will surely like to know sooner rather than later as to whether their would-be owners have been deemed both fit and proper people.
Instead, the saga drags on, and even if the government do not intervene as Huddleston suggests, a final decision surely needs to be made soon so that the Magpies can properly plan ahead.
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Nevertheless, the wait goes on until an official announcement is made by England’s highest division.
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