Richard Masters was not popular among Newcastle fans during the takeover saga.

The Premier League chief executive spoke sparingly about the takeover when asked by the media. He said he sympathised with Newcastle fans, while it emerged in the CAT hearing that the Premier League had threatened to expel the Magpies from the competition.

Gary Hoffman, the Premier League chairman, also received criticism from Toon fans on social media.

Protesters hold a large Premier League banner during the
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However, the saga has now been resolved. The takeover has gone through and Newcastle United have new owners.

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It’s been a shocking few days for the club. On Wednesday morning there was barely a sniff of a takeover. By Thursday night thousands of Geordies celebrated at St James’ Park as they ushered in a new era for the club.

Following the takeover, Amanda Staveley has done a series of interviews, and mentioned Masters and Hoffman when speaking to the Athletic.

“I’ve given them a tough time, but I’ve been really grateful to Richard Masters, and Gary Hoffman,” she said.

“They’ve worked very hard with us to get here. I’ve got to know them. One of the frustrating things about this transaction was not being able to do that before.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters Media Briefing
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It’s interesting to hear Staveley’s views on the Premier League duo, considering how much scrutiny they’ve came under from Toon fans. That scrutiny should start to subside now, with Newcastle supporters getting the takeover they’ve craved.

The Athletic state Mike Ashley’s relationship with the Premier League broke down because of the takeover, but it’s good to see the club rebuilding that relationship…otherwise it could be a bit frosty when Masters hands over the trophy!

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