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Newcastle takeover dead

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers has withdrawn from the process to buy Newcastle, Sky Sports News can exclusively reveal.

    Papers regarding the proposed takeover were lodged with the Premier League in April but no further details have been forthcoming since then.

    The Investment Group have decided to end their interest, citing the worldwide uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    A statement read: "With a deep appreciation for the Newcastle community and the significance of its football club, we have come to the decision to withdraw our interest in acquiring Newcastle United Football Club.

    "We do so with regret, as we were excited and fully committed to invest in the great city of Newcastle and believe we could have returned the club to the position of its history, tradition and fans' merit. Unfortunately, the prolonged process under the current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty has rendered the potential investment no longer commercially viable.

    "To that end, we feel a responsibility to the fans to explain the lack of alternatives from an investment perspective. As an autonomous and purely commercial investor, our focus was on building long-term value for the club, its fans and the community as we remained committed to collaboration, practicality and proactivity through a difficult period of global uncertainty and significant challenges for the fans and the club.

    "Ultimately, during the unforeseeably prolonged process, the commercial agreement between the Investment Group and the club's owners expired and our investment thesis could not be sustained, particularly with no clarity as to the circumstances under which the next season will start and the new norms that will arise for matches, training and other activities."

    The decision will be a blow to Newcastle fans, who hoped the planned takeover might lead to significant investment in the club - who finished 13th in the recently concluded Premier League season.

    But, 24 years to the day that Newcastle famously signed all-time great Alan Shearer, the news for the club's supporters was not so positive this time.

    The statement from the Investment Group added: "As often occurs with proposed investments in uncertain periods, time itself became an enemy of the transaction, particularly during this difficult phase marked by the many real challenges facing us all from Covid-19.

    "We feel great compassion for the Newcastle United fans, with whom we shared a great commitment to help Newcastle United harness its tremendous potential and build upon its impressive and historic legacy while working closely with the local community.

    "We would like to say that we truly appreciated your incredible expressions of support and your patience throughout this process. We are sorry it is not to be. We wish the team and everyone associated with it much good luck and success."

    The timeline of Newcastle's proposed takeover
    January 25 – Sky Sports News confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund is in talks to buy Newcastle.
    April 14 – Sources say PCP Capital Partners has agreed a deal to buy Newcastle with the price agreed close to £300m.
    April 16 – PCP Capital Partners lodges paperwork with the Premier League with concerns over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record said to be unlikely to derail the deal.
    April 21 – PCP Capital Partners pays a deposit and exchange contracts with Mike Ashley; Amnesty International raises concerns with the Premier League over the involvement of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
    April 22 - beIN Sports urges the Premier League to block the sale of Newcastle to the Saudi-backed consortium.
    April 24 – The Government is urged by Labour MPs to ‘take a role’ in the scrutinising the takeover.
    April 29 – Mauricio Pochettino is reported as the new prospective owners’ number one choice as manager and are willing to pay him £19m.
    May 12 – The Premier League refuses to comment on reports linking the Saudi-backed consortium with an illegal TV streaming service.
    May 29 – Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says the league is not working to any specific time frame regarding the takeover.
    June 16 – A World Trade Organisation report finds “prominent Saudi nationals” promoted illegal broadcasts, raising doubts of members of the consortium being able to pass the Premier League’s owners test.
    June 17 – Newcastle receive a new takeover bid worth £350m from Henry Mauriss, the CEO of US TV company, Clear TV.
    June 23 – Saudi Arabia announces a crackdown of websites illegally streaming sporting events to try and solve the key issue holding up the completion of the takeover.
    July 28 – The UK Government distances itself from making any decisions regarding the takeover.
    July 30 - Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers withdraw from the process to buy Newcastle.


    Sky Sports News' Keith Downie:

    "A lot of us were half expecting one of the two parties to pull out given the length of time this had gone on. A number of MPs wrote to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters asking for him to make a decision because it was affecting supporters' mental health, that's the state it had got to up in the North East.

    "A high-level source at the club has revealed nobody at Newcastle United was aware at all this news was going to break, including the person handling the takeover affairs, Justin Barnes.

    "We've had no confirmation from the Premier League whether the takeover would have passed or failed, I think we will never know, but, in many ways, the Saudi consortium pulling out has made the decision for them.

    "Newcastle fans were dreaming of the takeover, they were attached to it, they were living by it and desperate for it to happen, so this is the worst news they could have had.

    "There will be those asking if the takeover is definitely off? Without a willing buyer and seller, this isn't going to happen. And sadly for the Newcastle supporters, that willing buyer has just pulled out."


    Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol:
    "If this takeover had gone through, Newcastle would have become the richest club in the Premier League. When you look at the Saudis' wealth, they would have been 15 times richer than Man City, for example. The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is worth 30 times more than Roman Abramovich.

    "But the proposed takeover has been fraught with problems and difficulties from day one. It was not a football deal. It was almost a country buying a football club and it was Saudi Arabia, who have some controversial laws and a poor record - by Western standards - when it comes to human rights. The other big issue was piracy.

    "The paperwork was lodged with the Premier League around 16 weeks ago but they had still not given the go-ahead. It appears the consortium ran out of patience."

    Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey, speaking on Sky Sports News:
    "It's devastating. The fans, everyone concerned with Newcastle - the whole city - was hoping for this to go through. Mike Ashley's tenure hasn't been a happy one. Newcastle fans have been through this before but I think people got behind this one and thought it would happen. Doubt does come into your mind when it lingers on but I was still optimistic that it would go through. My heart sunk. It's devastating for the fans, who had the cans ready to celebrate. This will cut very deep. Everyone had such great hopes about where the club might go and who they might buy. There's six weeks until the season starts; how much will Mike Ashley invest? A lot of fans will think not a lot, if anything. Under the current regime, Newcastle have unfortunately found themselves in a position where the aim is to survive. I think Steve Bruce has done an amazing job, considering. But I worry for the club now."
     
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  2. LeTallecWiz

    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    I mean, I hesitate to say “no-brainer”, but when the people buying are a fundamental part of pirating your licensed broadcasted premier league coverage, and are trying to undermine one of your biggest “franchisees” you’ve pretty much got to make a stand or you’re totally fucked
     
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  4. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    How is Rafa ever going to get another job ?
     
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    Hansern SCM Addict Member

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    Rafa is currently earning 12 mill £ per year in China. I’m guessing he’s perfectly fine..
     
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    Frogfish Gone to Redcafe Member

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    Cue mass suicide on Tyneside. The thought of the Saudi billions was the only thing sustaining them through the lockdown and lack of beer and stotie kyek access.
     
  7. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    The whole “it was just taking too long” thing is just saving face, right? They got a signal that EPL is not likely to approve and pulled out.

    Also “purely commercial” my ass. They have money literally gushing from underground; what they needed was legitimacy.
     
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    Hansern SCM Addict Member

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    Indeed, better this way instead of telling the World you failed the fit and proper owner test.

    Which I didnt think you could fail in all honesty. You could be a war criminal from the Balkans and show up in your military gear for the hearing and still be approved.
     
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    Wasn't Amanda Staveley also the one fronting Dubai's intended takeover of Liverpool before the bad Yanks came in? Keep seeing her name mentioned whenever a big takeover is imminent but her record seems to be pretty much hit and miss.
     
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    What is the best a newcastle forum to head over to?
     
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    Topless Toon Army.
     
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    peekay Very Well-Known Member

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    They just went from dreaming about Mbappe and Messi to Solanke and Callum Wilson in a couple of hours.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Newcastle online...Google it.
     
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    dantes Very Well-Known Member

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    Aahhahahahahaa
     
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    gkmacca SCM Addict Member

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    No hits of which I can recall. Plenty of misses. Her eagerness to bounce around some of the worst regimes in the world and act as their figurehead in deals like this doesn't inspire any admiration. She also dated, of all royals, Prince Andrew. Her judgement seems a tad suspect.
     
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    dantes Very Well-Known Member

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    Sounds risky
     
  17. rurikbird

    rurikbird Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    Maybe showing up with a bloodied bone saw was a step too far. We’ll never know for sure; at least everyone got to save face.
     
  18. The Nomad

    The Nomad Well-Known Member

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    Guess you're ignoring her involvement in the City deal.
     
  19. gkmacca

    gkmacca SCM Addict Member

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    As far as I know her role in that was grossly exaggerated (by her). The deal was happening regardless.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    Yup. I'm sure that was always the dream
     

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