Newcastle United’s prospective new owners ‘have not given a second thought’ in regards to failing the Premier League’s Owners and Directors test.

That’s the view of journalist Paul Smith, who has claimed the Saudi-backed consortium are not concerned about the delay in their acquisition of the club.

The takeover bid, fronted by Amanda Staveley, has been sluggish in its progression – in part due to the 3-month suspension of Premier League action due to coronavirus.

There were suggestions that the delay centred around the Premier League’s concerns over the Saudi’s links to a pirate TV and streaming service which illegally screened live top flight matches.

However, Smith is one of a handful of journalists who are confident the deal to purchase the club will be completed in due course.

Tuesday, June 9 2020 marks exactly 13 years since the current owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, bought the club.

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