It wouldn’t be Newcastle United if it was easy, would it?
With the takeover entering its final stages while the Premier League complete their checks on the new owners, fans have really started to dream of a future without Mike Ashley.
There’s been huge managers and players linked, as well as talk of Lee Charnley’s departure.
But the Saudi involvement was always going to cause real problems.
Amnesty International have written to the Premier League with their concerns, whilst the Times have raised another issue.
They claim that beIN Sport have written to the Premier League, urging them to block the £300million takeover. This is because of the Saudis involvement in piracy, broadcasting beIN Sport’s footage illegally on their own channel.
Just as fans start to dream of Ashley’s departure, another roadblock emerges.
It would be so ‘Newcastle’…
Amnesty International’s concerns are understandable, but shouldn’t impact the Premier League’s decision.
But what does beIN Sport’s complaint mean for the deal? No one knows for sure. There have been various journalists stating they don’t think it will stop the takeover, but it comes with the caveat that they don’t know for definite.
While most people are speculating that it shouldn’t matter, the alarm bells are certainly ringing once again.
Fans have been burnt so many times with takeover talk. Even with these deal close to a conclusion, some supporters won’t believe anything is happening until it’s officially confirmed by the club.
It would be crushing for this to be so close to completion, only for the deal to be blocked by the Premier League.
But the people involved in the deal will no doubt have been aware of the complaints coming their way. Surely they wouldn’t go ahead with the deal if they weren’t confident it would be accepted by the powers that be?
Newcastle never do things the easy way. And they likely never will.