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Newcastle United Takeover – These are the questions but where are the answers?

6 months ago

So Newcastle United Takeover arbitration now won’t be deciding our fate until early 2022.

What a hammer blow and another season on a knife edge with everything to lose.

I was hit by text after text from my friends last night, many asking the sort of questions that all Newcastle United fans must have been asking.

Before I share this topical cynicism with you, I’ll tackle the biggest question of all and something that I’m sure everyone is wondering about. What does ‘issues with disclosure Of Evidence mean’?

I am no legal expert but I think it’s important to get this over in Larn Yersel Geordie terms. So here first is an orthodox interpretation:

‘Disclosure is providing the defence with copies or access to all material that is capable of undermining the prosecution case and/or assisting the defence. Investigators, prosecutors, defence teams and the courts all have important roles to play in ensuring the disclosure process is done properly, and promptly.’

In Geordie, I think this means that both sides need fair warning of what is going to be put forward to influence the hearing. I have to laugh at the implication that it should be done properly and promptly.

The irony continues in that we have two top legal people working on our behalf and they didn’t see this coming and take steps to avoid it. It seems that everyone approached arbitration unprepared.

Here are some of the less important Newcastle United Takeover questions:

Why are we so hated?

How can this be allowed to happen?

What has the EPL got against us?

What have our legal team been doing?

Is there really going to be a Newcastle United Takeover?

Will the Saudis lose interest?

Can the club be sold in the meantime?

What does it all mean?

There were more but basically it means we are stuck with Ashley and his high risk, penny pinching strategy, for another season at least. Maybe for ever.

(NB – My article published on The Mag yesterday, Takeover Doubts, was written before I knew the outcome of the arbitration adjournment. It’s implications are possibly more important now than ever.)


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