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This is the biggest decision in Newcastle United history

4 weeks ago
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As Newcastle United fans relax in the knowledge we’ve dodged a relegation for another season, the Euros bubble away in the background, giving a slight distraction from the most important decision for our club, in the entire 129 year history.

I must admit I’m not as dedicated to England as I should be, obsessed only by Newcastle United. Winning the Euros would mean little to me.

Wild and slightly false looking celebrations, in front of cameras in football hubs and beer gardens, do little for me.

The big news will be the Newcastle United arbitration decision, as it will shape our beloved club for the foreseeable future.

The anti-competition court claims won’t do much other than flag up the usual misdemeanours of the big six and bring at most, small fines for someone and compensation for Mike Ashley at best.

Yes this arbitration will lead to secondary decisions that will make or break the club forever. Here are the five possibilities I see in order of preference, bliss down to despair. All could come true. Where do you put your money?

1. A positive ruling and Saudi takeover, say no more, other than it seems like a dream ticket and probably is until it becomes reality. Many never see this happening.

2. A negative verdict but a change of tack from the consortium. This is a realistic option and it beats me why this hasn’t happened already. An individual’s name rather than the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. Seems too simple. Even the Reuben Brothers going it alone seems attractive to me.

3. Whatever the outcome good or bad, another buyer might emerge. I would bet that as our profile has been raised by the potential takeover, others are waiting for an outcome from the sidelines. A negative result would put anyone interested in a strong position to test Mike Ashley.

4. A negative outcome pushes Mike Ashley into taking his responsibilities seriously. I hear you laugh but this was his remit when he bought us. Contrary to his claims that success and big six challenge isn’t affordable, well run clubs have proved otherwise. A fraction of his recent near £800million lockdown upturn in wealth would go a long way. Don’t rule this out even if it doesn’t last.

5. Normal service is resumed after false hope is extinguished. Mike Ashley reverts to his narcissistic, egotistic, spiteful self and aims for maximum profit from minimum investment as seen in the past 13 years. This will be without the Newcastle United takeover excuse of course. Probably meaning Steve Bruce is safe and relegation battles lie ahead until the next relegation.

So what’s my expectation?

Option 4 slowly creeping back to option 5 after winning the disillusioned fans over. There is no chance of a happy ending for Newcastle United fans.

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