The Newcastle United takeover has caused shockwaves across the Premier League.
The deal that was delayed for so long finally went through last month, with one of the most controversial takeovers ever getting the green light.
While it is the dawning of a new era for Toon fans that sees them have hope for the first time in years, for others it is much more problematic.
Human rights concerns in Saudi Arabia have rightfully been highlighted. They aren’t Newcastle fans’ fault. But nor should they be completely ignored.
From a football perspective there has also been outrage.
After the deal went through there were emergency Premier League meetings, as the other 19 teams expressed their outrage at this takeover happening so quickly. Not really sure what it has to do with the other clubs…
We’ve also seen a temporary ban on sponsorship deals with companies related to the club’s owners to stop Newcastle securing lucrative contracts with Saudi-based businesses.
Even before the deal went through there were reports of lobbying from other clubs, as they looked to have the deal derailed.
But which clubs are most against the takeover?
Who has the biggest problem with the Newcastle takeover?
According to the Daily Mail, it is the clubs threatened by relegation who have the biggest problem with the £305million deal.
However, they add that some of the ‘big six’ have also ‘expressed concerns’.
It’s no surprise that the smaller clubs are so angry, but it is surely only because of Newcastle’s precarious position.
If the Magpies were mid-table, you’d imagine that the relegation-threatened teams wouldn’t be as upset. Instead, they’re 19th and five points adrift of safety.
But now Newcastle have the funds to boost their squad in January and possibly climb out of the relegation zone.
But why is that Newcastle’s problem?
It should be up to the other clubs to do enough to survive. They shouldn’t have been relying on Newcastle remaining owned by Mike Ashley and barely spending a penny.
This is meant to be the most competitive league in the world. Now you’ve got teams throwing their toys out of the pram because suddenly one of their rivals have a bit of cash to splash.
For now, the Magpies must shut down the outside noise and do their talking on the pitch.
Newcastle have some huge games coming up, with three of their next four fixtures against relegation rivals.