The Premier League’s ‘big six’ have been exposed this week. But Newcastle United fans have had their suspicions for a long time.
Last summer was dominated by the takeover saga at St James’ Park, as PCP Capital Partners looked to buy the club from Mike Ashley.
The longer the Owners’ and Directors’ Test went on, the more it felt like the deal wasn’t going to happen.
Then on July 30th 2020, PIF withdrew and the deal was put on hold.
In the aftermath of the collapse, The Athletic reported that sources close to the consortium believed Tottenham and Liverpool were against the deal, and ‘made their opposition evident to administrators.’
Amanda Staveley even said it herself.
“We know that other clubs briefed heavily against it,” she told the Athletic last year.
But Newcastle’s complaints went nowhere.
Then Project Big Picture emerged as the Premier League’s elite clubs lobbied for more power.
Now we’ve had the European Super League proposal, with England’s ‘big six’ looking to breakaway in a deal that threatened to destroy football.
Staveley’s concerns seem even more alarming now, particularly with the latest revelation from journalist Henry Winter.
In the aftermath of the European Super League, Winter has tweeted quotes from a club official from one of the other 14 teams.
This is absolutely disgraceful. The ‘big six’ should not be able to call the shots and run the show to their benefit.
The European Super League has put a spotlight on the greed of the elite clubs, but it is not news to Newcastle fans.
They heard Staveley’s concerns last year, and perhaps more people will stand up and take note.
But will it have any impact on the proposed Newcastle takeover?