Throughout the summer of 2019, the Bin Zayed Group’s Newcastle takeover attempt dominated the landscape at St James’ Park. Even when Rafa Benitez left, there was still talk of Mike Ashley’s possible departure.
Nothing happened, yet we’ve found ourselves in a similar position just months later. The first takeover rumour of 2020 came from the Wall Street Journal, who claimed that the Saudi Sovereign Wealth fund were in talks to buy the Magpies.
They also brought a familiar name into the frame, with Amanda Staveley reportedly fronting another bid to oust Ashley after previously being called a time-waster.
After the first report emerged on January 25th, multiple news outlets from across the world have added fuel to the fire. We’ve had talk of Benitez returning, an amount of money set to be invested in the club and involvement from the Reuben Brothers.
Some people even went as far as saying a deal would be concluded by a certain date. Of course, that date has now passed.
And in recent days, the takeover talk has gone cold. Less news has come out, leading to concern from fans.
Many think the deal has stalled, or never existed in the first place. The Toon Army have been burnt time and time again by takeover talk, and this has been no different.
But what does the silence actually mean?
As Mike Ashley said last year, a takeover shouldn’t be dragged through the media. It’ll happen out of nowhere.
That hasn’t happened here, with multiple leaks emerging. Those leaks have cooled, so does that suggest a takeover is picking up pace? Or does it mean the goalposts have shifted and a deal is moving further away from completion?
The silence is deafening. And it’s the same silence we experienced over the summer with BZG.
After daily talk of what BZG would do with Newcastle, they went quiet. The longer the silence went on, the more the hope disappeared.
And as that hope disappeared, the reality set in that we were still owned by Ashley and we’d be starting this new era with Steve Bruce in charge.
The longer the silence persists, the more worried fans will be that this is another takeover attempt that is destined to fail.
Newcastle fans are a very cynical bunch, and that is because of one man.