Date: 30th June 2020 at 5:20pm
Written by: Shaun Williamson

Richard Keys is hardly a popular man amongst Newcastle United supporters and this week, many have flocked to his recent comments about their ongoing takeover saga.

The beIN Sports presenter once claimed he’d be happy for “anyone but Newcastle” when it came to being taken over by a Saudi Arabian consortium and has now clarified what he meant, he said:

“I do like Newcastle… I love Newcastle as a football club. They don’t like me. And they don’t like me because they’ve misunderstood the message that I’ve been carrying. What I said recently in the Gray Lounge on BeIN Sports: ‘I wish it was any other club [than Newcastle being taken over]’ I said that not because I was trying to steer Saudi money to any other club, but [I said that] so that I could be as critical as I was going to be over the prospect of the Saudis owning Newcastle.”

Many in the northeast have slammed him frequently whenever he does open his mouth about the Magpies, as seen here, but these remarks have hardly done him any favours going by the reaction on social media.

Some fans claimed he was “talking nonsense” whilst others believe he could be looking for a new job soon given the Saudi’s interest in acquiring the Middle Eastern TV rights.

Will the Saudis be in charge before the end of July?

Absolutely!

Absolutely!

No way!

No way!

Meanwhile, the club is fast-approaching a third month since this whole process began and we’re still none the wiser about when – and if – it will even pass the Premier League’s checks.

Here’s how fans responded to Keys’ claim…

 
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