Date: 22nd June 2019 at 9:21am
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London Evening Standard and ESPN journalist Tony Evans shared that he didn’t have a great deal of faith in the Newcastle United takeover bids he was familiar with.

The reporter shared he was familiar with a couple of the parties trying to acquire the Magpies from Mike Ashley, but didn’t specify which bids he was aware of.

Evans added that based on the takeover bids he knew about, he thought Newcastle were in for a world of pain in the upcoming season.

“Certainly the takeover bids I’m familiar with, a couple of them, I don’t have a great deal of faith that they’re gonna go through,” said Evans on talkSPORT (8:19am, Saturday June 22nd).

“And I think Newcastle are in for a world of pain in the coming season.”

OPINION

Evans didn’t seem confident about a Newcastle takeover going through and the fact he thinks the Magpies are in for a world of pain, is a worrying statement, to say the least. However without knowing which bids he is aware of, it’s hard to know if Magpies supporters should mount the panic stations just yet. The Sun previously reported last week that Bin Zayed Group’s £350million takeover of Newcastle was still alive and progressing well, so perhaps Evans isn’t personally familiar with BZG’s attempts to takeover the Magpies. After all as it stands BZG’s attempts seem to be getting the most attention so they currently appear, at least from a distance, to be the party with the best chance of taking the Magpies off Ashley’s hands. Many Newcastle supporters are likely desperate to see a takeover happen sooner rather than later as it may help sort out Rafa Benitez’s future as manager. The talented manager, who guided the Magpies to a 13th place finish in the Premier League in the 2018/19 campaign, is on course to leave the club shortly as his current contract expires on June 30th, as reported by The Sun, and no agreement has been reached over a new deal.