Newcastle United fans deliver their verdict on PCP Consortium takeover – and reveal their confidence on deal as legal battles rage
Newcastle United fans are absolutely convinced the PCP Consortium are the right people to take over at St James’ Park – but faith the deal will eventually get the green light is on the wane.
The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Partners deal to buy United remains entangled in legal red tape with Mike Ashley taking two separate legal actions against the Premier League in a bid to get the stalled buyout ‘green lighted’.
And all of the legal wrangling has seen confidence among the fanbase take a hit.
However, the 1,624 fans who were polled, do still think the PCP Consortium are worthy owners-in-waiting.
As part of our end of season review we asked YOU, the fans, to give your thoughts on a number of different black and white topics in our BIG Shields Gazette NUFC survey.
The votes have been cast and the results are in – and here’s what you think of the takeover situation.
We asked fans: ‘why do you believe Mike Ashley is taking legal action(s) against the Premier League?’.
Only 16.1% of fans believed Ashley is doing this just for compensation, with 28.2% thinking it is purely to get the deal and a further 55.7%, the clear majority, thinking he is taking legal action to secure both.
The next question on ‘do you think his legal actions will be successful in pushing through a deal?’ were interesting – and showed signs of fans losing faith.
Yes polled 32%, with 47% saying they were unsure and 21% voting no.
When asked whether United will have new owners by the end of the current season, the vote was equally split.
Yes polled 30.4%, with 37.8% saying they were not sure and 31.8% voting no.
And finally, we asked fans: ‘do you have faith the PCP Consortium are still the 'right' people to take over at St James' Park?’.
This poll did provide a conclusive answer.
Just 2.3% said no, with 7.1% unsure whether the consortium, fronted up by Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, would be worthy custodians, while a resounding 90.6% said yes.