Date: 11th November 2008 at 7:32pm
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The first of the four prospective American owners ruled himself out of the running today as the never-ending takeover saga continued to drag on. Clark Hunt, the FC Dallas magnate issued a statement through his spokesperson German Sferra saying:

“There`s nothing to it. They`re happy with the sports investments that they currently have. They`re not pursuing Newcastle or any other sports franchise at this time.”

That leaves Paul Allen, Mark Cuban and Philip Anschutz as three possibilities.