Today it’s all about PIF, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers. But a year ago, the Newcastle takeover talk was dominated by the infamous Bin Zayed Group.
On May 27th 2019, around 11pm, news broke that a takeover was on the horizon.
The Sun reported that the Bin Zayed Group had agreed a £350million deal to buy the club from Mike Ashley. The report stated that the sale was ‘close to completion’ and that they were looking to complete the deal ‘at the earliest opportunity’.
This sent Newcastle fans into a frenzy. Finally we were going to be done with Ashley.
Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the name behind the takeover. He was reported to be a relative of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
It was also reported that they would keep Rafa Benitez at the club.
This was all Newcastle fans wanted. A new owner, a fresh start, spearheaded by ambitious owners and a manager who ‘gets it’.
Then came months of weird statements from radio DJs, Midhat Kidwai on WhatsApp with fans, but no word from the club.
And as always, it fizzled out. Benitez departed. The takeover disappeared, and Steve Bruce was appointed.
One year on from BZG
One year on, there is serious takeover talk again. There’s even chat about Rafa returning. And as always, there’s been no word from Ashley.
Newcastle fans continue to wait for the green light from the Premier League. It has been in the hands of the league officials for weeks now, as they deal with complaints from far and wide.
By tomorrow there will likely be another journalist claiming that a deal is about to be done. It’s been a tiring, endless cycle for Toon fans who have been burnt time and time again by takeover talk.
But at least PCP or the PIF aren’t talking to fans on WhatsApp…