Wednesday morning brought news of a fresh bid for Newcastle United, as the current takeover saga goes deeper into extra time.
At around the same time, pretty much every journalist who covers the Magpies reported on the bid from Henry Mauriss.
According to Sky Sports, and various other outlets, the American businessman has offered £350million for the club, and wants to complete a deal before the 2020/21 season begins.
The only issue is Mike Ashley has already accepted an offer for the club and the Premier League have been dealing with it for weeks now.
This new ‘bid’ is a bit of an irrelevance, as the club will be in the hands of PCP Capital Partners if they pass the owners and directors test.
With the takeover at this advanced stage, why would a fresh group come in with an even bigger offer? If it gets to the point where Amanda Staveley’s group can’t buy the club, Mauriss will likely be the only party at the table, so offering more than the asking price is weird.
The news came as a shock to Toon fans, who are sick and tired of reading newspaper columns and articles online about what is or isn’t happening with the takeover, instead of receiving clarity from the Premier League or the club.
Mauriss’ offer has been dismissed by most Newcastle fans, who have batted off his interest as a PR stunt which might be linked to the feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Toon fans shutdown Mauriss’ takeover ‘bid’
The Henry Mauriss bid at this stage of the current #nufctakeover makes no sense. Why make ”an official bid” now when the takeover could be 100% completed in the next few days? Why not wait? And why bid a £50m extra? @NUFC360
— Gustavo Metral (@GustavoMetral) June 17, 2020
All this stuff on Mauriss is very interesting, to say the least. Who was the first person to mention a second bidder? Richard Keys. Who does he work for? BeIN Sports. Who are they owned by? Qatar. Who is bidding for advertising rights for the Qatar World Cup? Henry Mauriss. #NUFC
— Harry (@harryr0y) June 17, 2020
Henry Mauriss bid only means anything if the PIF/Staveley bid fails the PL tests. By that point Mauriss would be the only bidder on the table, paying £50m more than we already know Ashley would accept. That’s why it’s weird #NUFC #NUFCTakeover https://t.co/EKLOaAyCMf
— Dan McMahon ⚡↗ (@DanMcmahonF1) June 17, 2020
I trust the sound of this Henry Mauriss fella even less than I do Mike Ashley. And that tells you just how much confidence I have in this ‘rival’ bid. Smoke and mirrors and in bed with the Qataris? Hopefully forces PL to make decision on Saudis now at last…#nufc #nufctakeover
— Rob Danson (@danson_rob) June 17, 2020
I’d compare it to a house sale… MA has exchanged contracts with PIF and so a deposit paid. Full price is then paid on completion.
No one else can come in and outbid to buy the house once contracts have exchanged, so I feel this “bid” is irrelevant and a PR stunt
— Dale Wighton (@DaleWighton) June 17, 2020
Would those sources be the Qatari state or Mike Ashley by any chance?
— Fergie (@TartoonArmy) June 17, 2020