Date: 28th June 2020 at 9:15pm
Written by: Shaun Williamson

Newcastle United’s takeover has been a tiresome process for all involved and quite understandably, fans are rather frustrated with just how long it has rumbled on.

And on earlier this afternoon, Sky Sports’ Pete Graves was forced to defend his recent claims that the deal is set to edge into a 13th week.

Who do you trust most during this takeover saga?

The Athletic (George Caulkin, Chris Waugh)

The Athletic (George Caulkin, Chris Waugh)

Sky Sports (Pete Graves, Keith Downie)

Sky Sports (Pete Graves, Keith Downie)

Steve Wraith

Steve Wraith

ChronicleLive (Mark Douglas, Lee Ryder)

ChronicleLive (Mark Douglas, Lee Ryder)

He claimed that his information is from people “very close” to the takeover and that it isn’t clickbait like many other outlets who have reported on this situation.

In response to one supporter criticising him, Graves said:

“Couple of things. The ‘next week’ etc claims aren’t made up by me. It’s straight from people VERY close to takeover. Most fans appreciate us passing it on. Secondly, “clickbait” doesn’t apply to me. Not selling articles etc.”

When news first broke nearly three months ago, it was believed that the takeover would be a mere formality – perhaps three to four weeks. Oh, how wrong they were.

It has also been reported that the deal had received a significant boost with the Saudi kingdom pledging to clamp down on the PL’s biggest bugbear – that issue of piracy.

Illegal streaming service beoutQ had been broadcasting top-flight matches to its customers, thus breaching international law but the World Trade Organisation couldn’t pinpoint who exactly was involved.

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Allan Shearer celebrating scoring for Newcastle United v Arsenal, May 2000

Alan Shearer was brought the club straight after Euro 96 for a record-breaking £15m deal.

It’s really time for a decision to be made as it appears as if the likes of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are continuing as if it were business as usual, handing out new contracts to Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll.

You’ll struggle to find someone at St James’ Park that doesn’t’ want the Sports Direct mogul gone from the club.

 
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