A Newcastle insider claims the Saudi-backed club takeover “is not over” as he clashed with Simon Jordan on talkSPORT.
Financial Amanda Staveley joined talkSPORT last Friday and has claimed the takeover by her consortium, which includes her company PCP Capital Partners, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund – the majority partner – and the Reuben brothers.
The takeover collapsed last year when the Premier League rejected the offer based on the directors and owners test with Mike Ashley still running the club.
On Friday, a group of around 100 Newcastle supporters traveled to London to demonstrate in Parliament Square against what they see as a lack of transparency on the part of the Premier League regarding the failure of the take-over bid.
Jordan clashed with Staveley live on talkSPORT and claimed she “turned the scum on” to a “gullible fan base”.
Newcastle then received a heavy blow last night as their Premier League arbitration case was delayed until 2022.
The delay, caused by “issues of disclosure of evidence,” means current owner Mike Ashley could remain at the helm for the rest of next season.
Newcastle podcaster Steve Wraith clashed with Jordan on air today over his claims about the club.
SW: “I don’t think it’s over. Simon is a journalist … “
SJ: “I’m not.”
SW: “You’re a journalist and a host as a person who goes on talkSPORT and talks with a lot of common sense sometimes, but when it comes to Newcastle I’m afraid you’re absolutely ignorant.
“You came to your radio station to get hits and bites and Newcastle fans.
“You did the same when you were at the Observer. You’ve upset a lot of people by writing controversial stuff and that job has gone wrong.
“This job could go that way too if you continue to annoy Newcastle fans and call them gullible and ignorant. It’s embarrassing for someone in your position to come and call us naive for traveling to London and protesting.
“Do you call Manchester United fans naïve? “
SJ: “I called their behavior appalling when they burst into the stadium.
“Let me just correct you on a few things, Steve.
“I’m not saying anything about the click baits. I say what I mean and I mean why I say. It just might be wrong and you might not like it.
“My job at the Observer was 16 years ago, I wrote 20 articles and that’s all I did. I didn’t write things to upset people and the majority of people I pissed off were the establishment, which needs to be pissed off.
“All I did was comment on what some people feed you because I think you, as Newcastle fans, deserve better.
“You support your club like all fans and you have the right to dream big, but you also have the right to be told the right things.
“With the greatest will in the world, the guys wanted you on pre-recording. I wanted you to have your opinion live and challenge me, regardless of whether most of your fans over the weekend turned out. crammed with abusive comments about me that you liked.
“I am a very respectful person, but I am also a very outspoken person. I call it what it is. I don’t think Newcastle fans were gullible about coming to London.
“I think they were having a wild ride.”
SW: “You said we were naïve.”
SJ: “I think you were naive. I think you are listening to Amanda, someone calling you who doesn’t even show up to the function herself and help you get there.
SW: “I have contacts on both sides of the case. You say PIF is gone. PIF is in regular contact with Newcastle United, Simon.
“Something you don’t highlight because it fits your agenda against Amanda.”
“You were very rude to Amanda over the weekend.”
SJ: “I was rude to Amanda the week before, not the weekend.”
SW: “I would like you to come on our show and talk to Newcastle fans rather than hiding on talkSPORT and saying what you wanna say.”
SJ: “I’m not hiding anywhere. With the greatest respect in the world, buddy, you were a pre-recording and I asked you to come live.
“I want you guys and Amanda Staveley on the show. I want you on the show and I want your opinion.
Jim White: “Tell me why you, one of the most prolific voices of fans, don’t think the Saudi deal is dead?
SW: “It’s because the BIPs are clearly still there, Amanda is still there and the Rubens are still there.
“It doesn’t matter how much people like to cuddle and relax. Various things need to be respected and followed.
“I think they’re still there. I think the recovery can still take place. I believe that the CAT case played a major role in this development.
“We are involved in something, as supporters, in something that we know very little about. I’ll put my hands up, I’m not a legal beagle. I haven’t been to the bar for years, but I trust Nick DeMarco (Mike Ashley’s lawyer) and I personally believe he will win the case for Newcastle.