Newcastle owner Mike Ashley growing impatient over takeover delay

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is reportedly ready to press the Premier League for answers about the delay in the proposed £300million takeover of the club.

In April, Ashley agreed a deal with a Saudi-led consortium to sell Newcastle for £300m.

Shortly afterwards the Premier League began looking into the buyers for its owners’ and directors’ test.

But more than two months later, the takeover is yet to receive the green light from the Premier League.

Ashley has attempted to sell Newcastle on numerous occasions in the past but now with a credible bid on the table, he is forced to wait for news from the Premier League.

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And according to the Chronicle, Ashley has grown tired of waiting and is set to approach the Premier League for ‘clarity’ over where the bid stands.

The report says Ashley has become ‘impatient’ and wants the situation to be concluded swiftly.

Among the reasons stated for Ashley’s disgruntlement is the fact he will need to make decisions on the futures of several players within the squad.

The likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose require an agreement with their respective parent clubs, Schalke and Tottenham, to extend their loan deals and remain at St James’ Park for the final nine league games and an FA Cup tie with Manchester City.


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Meanwhile, attacker Allan Saint-Maximin has explained why he prefers to be a facilitator rather than a selfish goalscorer.

Saint-Maximin has three goals and four assists so far in 21 appearances and become a favourite with the fans for his style of play.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, the Frenchman says it is more important for him to be a good team-mate instead of seeking individual accolades.

He said: ” Sometimes people will be offered one candy for yourself or 10 candies for other people and I see some people just want to take all the candy for themselves.

“My parents always taught me that if you have 10 euros, take one for yourself and give the rest to your friends. That’s why I’ll always think about my partner and my team, it’s not always about me and my chance to score.

“If my team-mates said to me go out there and try to dribble so I can get more space and have more opportunity to score – it would not be me who scores because I cannot dribble and then go to the goalkeeper, I am not your man Messi.

“That is why I just try to do my job, maybe sacrifice my statistics but I don’t think about myself and if I can give my team an opportunity to score then I’ll do it.”

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