Peter Shilton has expressed his sympathy toward Newcastle United fans and warned they could boycott St James’s Park when the stadium re-opens for football games.
Newcastle fans woke up heartbroken this morning following the news on Thursday that Saudi Public Investment Fund wouldn’t be completing their £350 million takeover of the club.
The Saudi group pulled the plug following a lengthy delay from the Premier League in greenlighting the move.
United fans and owner Mike Ashley were waiting four months for the go-ahead, but it didn’t come and now it looks like it never will.
This promised to be a double-whammy for Newcastle supporters, who would not only see the end of their villainous owner, but see him replaced with a mega-rich group who reportedly wanted Mauricio Pochettino to lead the on-the-pitch project.
The St James’s Park faithful have been in this position before – although seeing a takeover materialise didn’t come as close as this.
And former England goalkeeper Shilton believes that fans could vote with their feet and stop attending games once they’re allowed back inside stadia following the global health crisis.
In Ashley’s defence, he wanted this to happen just as much as any Newcastle fan, and he isn’t to blame for it not happening.
There’s some encouraging follow-up news about the deal not being completely dead, while The Telegraph reported that Henry Mauriss is in ‘pole position’ to buy the club for the same amount – £350 million.
But that’s of little consolation to the distraught fans, for now.