According to the Athletic, talks were held about replacing Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager if a takeover went through this summer.
One year on from PCP Capital Partners’ failed takeover of Newcastle, there was still hope in 2021 that a deal could be done.
Mike Ashley has two legal battles against the Premier League, with the first initially set to be resolved this month.
The arbitration hearing was set to take place in July, and could have given Amanda Staveley and co a route to a deal.
However, on Monday it was confirmed that the arbitration hearing will be adjourned until early 2022 because of ‘issues with the disclosure of evidence’.
While a deal isn’t completely off, it feels like a conclusion is nowhere near.
PCP Capital Partners may buy the club at some point, but it very likely won’t be this summer.
It’s devastating for Toon fans, who were praying for a brighter future. It’s devastating for the club, who are now having to play catch up this summer after needlessly standing still. It’s devastating for the consortium, days after Staveley said a deal ‘will’ happen.
Last year, there were a lot of rumours about what PCP planned to do with the club. Big managers and players were linked.
This year, things have been different. But that doesn’t mean discussions didn’t take place.
Replacing Steve Bruce was reportedly discussed by wannabe Newcastle owners
According to the Athletic, a list of names was drawn up regarding possible replacements for Bruce.
The Athletic add that some of these managers were at Euro 2020. However, no one is named.
There was hope that a Newcastle takeover would coincide with Rafa Benitez being unemployed, meaning the Spaniard could return to St James’ Park.
However, there has been no takeover, and Benitez is now at Everton.
It’s another summer of ‘what ifs’ for the Magpies.
There’s been less hysteria. There’s been no links with Gareth Bale or Philippe Coutinho.
But there has been a small sense of hope – belief that, just maybe, something good might happen this summer.
However, that hope has been extinguished.
While the consortium may have held talks about replacing Bruce, they will not have the power to do so.
Instead, it will be Ashley and Lee Charnley who decide the manager’s future.
And considering they stood by him after 21 games without a win last season, he’s probably got nothing to worry about.