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The World, His Wife And the dog! They all knew about the Newcastle United takeover but just decided not to tell us….

3 years ago
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Just a few weeks ago, any exciting news on a possible Newcastle United takeover was just a rumour on the terraces of St James Park, or in the local pub over a quiet pint.

After the surprise television interview with Sky News, Mike Ashley suddenly claimed that a takeover was happening, or at least was the closest it ever had been to becoming a reality.

The news came through when I was lying in bed and when the breaking news tone of the Sky News app went off, as always I check expecting something else to have happened, you know, like a Brexit deal or something…. On this occasion the words ‘Newcastle United’ stood out and it was a little bit of excitement on an otherwise relatively quiet evening.

Suddenly different thoughts came to me. Who? What? When?

Local newspapers, national papers and worldwide press were on the news, knowing this would attract a lot of interest from Newcastle fans and with it being Mike Ashley, both retailers and anybody linked to his ventures, including people who aren’t even concerned about football. All of a sudden everyone knew the real story and they had the exclusive news on the takeover.

Since that Monday (3 December) we have learnt about a guy in America who is supposedly behind a takeover and being allowed to read all about him, only for another article from the same publication telling us a few hours later that it is not true. We heard on Friday (14 December) there was going to be the announcement of a deal being agreed according to numerous news outlets, while some others were releasing articles explaining that the same man (Peter Kenyon) actually didn’t have the funds.

Social Media is an amazing source and a brilliant opportunity to learn and seek information within seconds on millions of different subjects.

A Newcastle United takeover and the great # on twitter sparks rumours that people will obviously seek truth in…but what are reliable sources these days?

Who do we agree to believe when it comes to a true news story and not just one that seeks the opportunity for a click.

We all want the best for NUFC but it’s disappointing that we don’t know what or who to trust and believe when it comes to true news stories.

I read one article the other day and within the one article there was 10 individual adverts, pointing clearly to the fact that most stories are there only there for the clicks.

A few weeks ago no one knew a thing, then due to this one unexpected isolated statement, come the countless news articles telling us that ‘they know the truth’.

My question to them is, where were you with these stories a few weeks ago?
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