With contrasting claims over a bid for Newcastle United, there definitely has been a takeover on Tyneside this summer, with fans’ optimism and hopes, being taken over by disillusionment, pessimism and dread.
The Chronicle reported on their live blog (10.10am) that their understanding is that no bid is on the table from the Bin Zayed Group, but the Dubai-based radio host Peter Redding, who is in touch with the prospective buyers, say the group insist that reports of no bid are “simply not true”.
Contrary to some media outlets reporting there is no bid on the table, BZG have stated this is “simply not true”.
— Peter Redding-Capital Radio UAE (@dubai_geordie) July 5, 2019
This whole soap opera is nothing new for Newcastle fans anymore, and seems to happen on a yearly basis.
Fans’ hopes, optimism and aspirations of the club agreeing to extend Rafa’s stay, showing some ambition and stepping up to the next level, have all but gone.
Instead, there is a growing feeling of disillusionment, having lost their idolised manager, no signings coming in, star players being sold, and hopes fading of a new owner before the season starts.
Pessimism, at the thought of Mike Ashley staying, a second-rate ‘yes-man’ manager being sought, talk of boycotts leading to fans arguing among themselves, and unsettled players that could see others, like Sean Longstaff, follow Ayoze Perez out of the St James’ Park door.
Dread, at the prospect of no big-name signings – or any at all if we are being honest – coming in, a depleted squad that is not fit for purpose in the Premier League, another relegation fight from the outset, and no real hope of surviving when May arrives.
It is difficult to be a Newcastle fan at times like these
As a fan myself, it makes me feel physically sick at the direction our club is going. I have been close to tears many times as, over the weeks since the claims from BZG, the reality looms that – as with Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon – their will be no new owners in the near future.
Watching a club wilt and die in front of your very eyes is difficult to witness, but that is exactly what is happening.
So among all the continued silence and uncertainty, the feelings of Newcastle fans being of no interest to Mike Ashley, is the only thing you can be certain of.