Newcastle United takeover legal cases, fixture release, transfer window & more – FIVE key summer dates

It’s set to be a busier than usual summer at Newcastle United – and that’s without even considering the ins and outs of the transfer window.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 4:45 pm

Here’s a look at the five key legal, takeover and transfer dates for the diary.

June 9 – Transfer window reopens in the Premier League

Deals will be done, but will any be completed by NUFC? Not likely in the early days.

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A general view of St James' Park during its first game back with fans during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St. James Park on May 19, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

It is going to be a tough summer for the Magpies with budgets set to be tight.

Numbers in the region of £10-12million have been mentioned when it comes to how much Steve Bruce has to spend this summer, the truth is we don’t really know.

June 10 – Newcastle head to PL AGM

Newcastle United will have representative at the Premier League’s Annual General Meeting 2021.

This meeting normally marks the changeover from the 2020/21 season to the 2021/22 campaign, with the newly promoted clubs Norwich City, Watford and Brentford confirmed as PL shareholders, and Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United removed – but this time it has a whole new level of significance following the European Super League debacle. United were a strong advocate, along with a select few others, thought to include Everton and West Ham United, in the top six being punished for their involvement.

At previous Premier League meetings the club have been represented by some of their recently, expensively assembled legal team members. Will be interesting to see if this is the case again.

June 11 – CAT case key date

The Premier League requested an extension to June 15 to respond to Mike Ashley’s St James Holding Limited Competition Appeals Tribunal claim against them. While an extension was granted, it was not as long as the Premier League requested. Instead, they now have until 5pm on June 11 to respond. That’s Friday.

As yet, there has been no indication as to what the top flight will do.

Friday’s deadline is purely the date by which the Premier League must respond to the claim against them. Any possible hearing, which would likely be streamed publicly, would happen, and be announced, at a later date.

June 16 – Fixture release

Everyone plays everyone, once at home, once away.

It is the same every year, but it’s hard to deny the excitement seeing it all laid out in black and white.

The Premier League fixtures are out next Wednesday.

According to the Premier League website: “All 380 fixtures will be revealed from 09:00 BST on premierleague.com and the Premier League app.”

July (??) – Premier League arbitration hearing begins (& ends)

This arbitration, if it goes ahead, has been expedited, meaning fast-tracked, so the conclusions shouldn’t take months to arrive.

The hearing will be in private, behind-closed-doors, with no guarantees the rulings and findings will be made public.

The arbitration is essentially on whether the Premier League applied their own rules correctly in wanting to name the Saudi state as a director of Newcastle United, due to their influence over the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

It is, at this stage, set to take place in July. The exact date, however, is not known.

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