The government believed a decision on the Newcastle takeover was just hours away last summer, the Chronicle have reported.
They have obtained emails from the Premier League and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which shed a whole new light on the takeover saga.
On June 21st, the DCMS contacted the Premier League believing that a decision on the takeover was imminent.
The Premier League later replied, stating that decision was ‘possible’, although further time could be needed.
They also stated they they were in ‘new territory’, which suggests that the Owners’ and Directors’ Test isn’t fit for purpose.
In the end, further time was needed, and the Premier League failed to provide Newcastle United with a decision.
The Public Investment Fund walked away in July 2020, and the club are now involved in a legal battle with the Premier League.
The Newcastle takeover saga has had more twists and turns than an F1 track. It is never simple with the Magpies, and there are likely to be more stories before a decision is reached.
The Chronicle reported earlier this week that an arbitration result won’t come before the end of the season.
But their investigation into the communication between the Premier League and the government makes for interesting reading. It also begs the questions: ‘Why did they believe a decision was imminent?’ and ‘what changed?’.
As always, we won’t find out the significance of this revelation until arbitration is concluded.
But in the meantime, Newcastle fans have been reacting to this astonishing report by the Chronicle.