The Newcastle takeover has been on the lips of fans throughout a frustrating summer for fans, with the club’s constant silence leaving fans not knowing what was true, and what was not.
But Lee Charnley has broken his silence on the matter – to a point – in an interview with the Chronicle, where he may have just hinted that a deal may not be as dead as supporters thought.
When asked about the Bin Zayed Group’s claims, Charnley said: “We carry on business as usual and if there is a development we will announce it.
“We aren’t going to get drawn into a running commentary.
“Our policy has been no comment and we will only say something on it if there is something definitive to say.”
It may not have been much, but he talks in the present tense, and his comment of not being “drawn into a running commentary” could suggest that some talks are still ongoing.
Hope is all Newcastle fans can do
It may be clutching at straws, but there was no denial of any negotiations, and he may not have said much, but he does seem to put the ball back in BZG’s court.
Will they now respond with a comment? Even if they come out and say any deal they thought was in place is now off.
Many fans think they never intended to buy the club in the first place, and the longer they remain quiet – contrary to their initial, bullish claims – the more they appear to have been time-wasters.
But some fans will still hope they are genuine, and that Mike Ashley’s interview with the Mail, and Charnley’s comments, are an attempt to speed up a potential deal.