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Why vital that media get to bottom of so-called Newcastle United Takeover bid by Bin Zayed Group

1 year ago
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Without being disrespectful, I have doubts as to whether this Bin Zayed Group bid for Newcastle united is genuine, or as many fans say, a Fakeover.

It’s also crucial to find out who gave The Sun the story in the first place, we have to get to the root of the claims.

Why, I hear you say, well because it’s caused a summer of false hope for Newcastle fans and the truth will have serious repercussions for someone, if the takeover doesn’t materialise.

I have always had serious doubts but I’m more dubious than ever, after today’s statement from the Bin Zayed Group (see HERE).

It mentions for the first time, that if it doesn’t happen, both parties have tried their best. Not only does this relinquish any blame both for potential buyer and seller but it alludes to the possibility that it might not happen, surprise, surprise.

So who might be behind it and what might that mean consequentially? I see 3 possibilities all with ifs and buts about them.

1. The Bin Zayed Group themselves and the bid is genuine. This presents three possibilities. Firstly that things are proceeding although slowly, or is it genuine and they have met an unwilling seller. Or thirdly, they can’t fulfil the agreement.

2. Mike Ashley used the fake bid as a smokescreen for Rafa Benitez leaving, or to wind the fans up, by providing false hope. Buying time in the transfer window is also a trademark. Let’s just say that many will see this option as ‘the usual’.

3. Rafa Benitez and his representatives put the group up to it, to see if Ashley would sell at the agreed price, before making a decision on his future. He couldn’t stomach another three years with Ashley and wanted to see if any potential sale was possible.

The first would lose further face for BZG after their failed bid for Liverpool, or confirm Ashley was an unwilling seller. The media could then be alerted.

All three options should carry consequences but none more so than the second which are the actions of someone who isn’t a fit and proper owner, I’m sure the authorities would be interested if Ashley was implicated in the way he was with Kevin Keegan’s constructive dismissal.

Finally, Rafa’s potential involvement wouldn’t be that surprising given how desperately frustrating things had become with Ashley. He wanted to be sure before leaving against his will that Ashley was here to stay. Not saying this happened but we have to explore all possibilities.

So would it be possible to get to the root of the original statement, of course it would if the journalists started doing their job properly instead of backing Ashley’s regime. In these days of DNA I’m sure a few questions here and there wouldn’t be too demanding.

My view has changed, I originally saw a genuine bid with an unwilling seller but now I see a very upsetting scam.

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