After months of overcoming obstacles and overlooking the principle of 'human rights', the long-awaited takeover of Newcastle United has...broken down!?!?!?!
? BREAKING NEWS?— 90min (@90min_Football) July 30, 2020
The proposed takeover of Newcastle, led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, is OFF! ❌
The sheer wealth of the Saudis who were set to take over on Tyneside prompted suggestions that Newcastle would soon establish themselves among, well, Europe's elite clubs.
A whole host of stars - mostly cast-offs from Europe's elite, mind - were linked with a move to the Magpies this summer. But now, the thought of Philippe Coutinho and Kalidou Koulibaly arriving as part of the Mauricio Pochettino project is a mere pipe-dream for the Magpie faithful. A confused fantasy.
It's back to Fabian Schar marshalling Martin Dubravka's goal and Miguel Almiron attempting to spoon-feed Joelinton in the final third.
Newcastle fans realising they’re stuck with Joelinton after dreams of signing Mbappe & Sancho pic.twitter.com/gON3Kx2kju— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) July 30, 2020
How dreams can so swiftly dash, eh? Although it's fair to say rival fans and 'banter' accounts on Twitter got their fair share of amusement from Thursday's update.
Prepare yourselves for a @NoContextHearn bombardment.
Newcastle Fans before the takeover bid and afterwards when the takeover flops pic.twitter.com/oFrTo8hS9E— Shooters Shoot Podcast (@shootersshootp) July 30, 2020
The failed takeover means that Mike Ashley remains at the helm, and although it appears unlikely for the long-time Newcastle owner to still be at the club for even the short-term - despite the Saudi setback - that didn't stop a few bits of comedic brilliance from blessing our timelines.
Mike Ashley making his way back into St James’ Park pic.twitter.com/QMVHRJ1XT7— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) July 30, 2020
Mike Ashley strolling back into the boardroom at St James' Park on the opening day of the 20/21 season. pic.twitter.com/3kCbTbJnRi— Sam Farley (@FarleyWrites) July 30, 2020
Mike Ashley walking back through the doors at Newcastle rn after making up the whole Arab investment takeover, just to piss the fans off...... pic.twitter.com/6hDfaf1xqS— GeoCP05 ? (@redNblueFANATIC) July 30, 2020
The year is 2045. Football is played in space with players using jet-powered boots & a ball made of liquid helium. Games are now 18-a-side, and keepers have swords.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 30, 2020
Everything has changed beyond recognition. Apart from the fact that Mike Ashley is still trying to sell Newcastle.
Despite the brilliant work of Steve Bruce last term, who had to deal with a quite ludicrous amount of injuries to key players, the prospect of the Ashley x Bruce collab for another season may well tip the majority of the Magpie faithful to just, well, give up on their club.
But hey, at least Allan Saint-Maximin has put a few smiles on despairing Geordie faces as of late...even if his future has now been thrust into doubt due to recent developments.
However, some Newcastle fans liked to claim the moral victory, and rightly so.
Agreed. This is a blessing in disguise. They should be nowhere near our club.— Lee (@75nufc) July 30, 2020
Good. Now hopefully they get someone in who will forward the club that isn't one of the most deplorable people on the planet— Carlton(NotBanks) (@CarltonX) July 30, 2020
So, once again, the prospect of new ownership has fallen through Newcastle's fingers. But surely Ashley can't be at the helm for the another season? Surely?!
Source : 90min