Newcastle fans are eagerly awaiting further developments on the proposed takeover of their club by the Bin Zayed Group, while Mike Ashley and the football club remain tight-lipped.
With one of the Middle Eastern group’s lawyers suggesting on social media that a further update will be made today, it is likely to be another day of frantic internet watching for supporters.
Yesterday saw something of a lull in proceedings, following Wednesday’s frenzy of rumour and activity.
But the Chronicle has today claimed that Ashley has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Abu Dhabi group, and that could be the likely reason for their silence.
They add that Ashley will see the string of ‘no comments’ as a simple adherence to that agreement, although the lack of a denial, in many ways, speaks volumes.
The speculation continues, however, with Sky Sports News presenter, and Newcastle fan, Pete Graves, replying to a fan on Twitter last night to maintain his optimism over a deal being completed.
More quiet but not necessarily a bad thing. Still lots of scepticism in certain quarters, but other conversations I've had 2nite were bullishly positive. Either someone very resourceful is lying, or it's happening. Fascinating… Frustrating… Keep refreshing 😭 #nufc https://t.co/ftTpIZB019
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) May 30, 2019
This frenzy of will-they-won’t-they is set to continue until an official line is delivered from NE1, and if Ashley is “ready to play the long game” over a deal, as Lee Ryder claims, then we could have a way to go yet before fans stop looking for Middle Eastern plane’s landing at Newcastle airport, or go down an endless internet rabbit-hole looking for clarification.