In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who made 333 appearances for Newcastle United, does not believe any of the recent takeover claims and rumours regarding the ongoing saga involving Amanda Staveley and PIF.
There have been some big claims made by national newspapers in the last week with some of them involving Boris Johnson, who was asked to intervene with the deal by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salaman.
PCP Capital Partners opened negotiations with Mike Ashley and his representatives about buying the club over 12 months ago now, however, they are further away than ever before with a legal battle in front of any takeover now.
Speaking on why he doesn’t listen to any rumours or talk about the takeover and questions how anyone knows what Boris Johnson and Prince Bin Salaman have spoken about, Lee spoke exclusively to FFC:
“Where have they got that from, and how do they know that? If somebody was close with the Prince or Boris Johnson then fair enough, but come on, it’s just people making things up now.
“This has been going on for over a year now so you’ve got to wonder if it’s actually going to happen. I don’t believe any of this stuff when it comes from friends of friends or people say ‘I’ve heard this’, because unless it comes from Ashley I won’t believe a word.”
Mike Ashley thought he had finally found a group of buyers who were serious about taking Newcastle off his hands, only for Staveley’s consortium to pull out of a deal when it came to the owners and directors tests.
Any potential buyers will be hoping Steve Bruce can keep Newcastle in the Premier League because if they are relegated to the Championship it could scupper any deal in the future.