“Getting the feeling from what I’m hearing that this could yet turn out to be a very good week for Newcastle fans,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account on Monday.
However, The Chronicle’s news and transfer update [04/11; 19:54] reported that: “FWIW, we put Keys’ intriguing “It could be a very good week for NUFC fans” to Newcastle United and they said it’s “business as usual” as far as they’re concerned.”
What else would you expect from Newcastle in this situation? After a summer spent saying ‘no comment’, it was entirely predictable that they would assert that it is ‘business as usual’ on Tyneside amid this big takeover hint from Keys. Make no mistake, that’s what this tweet was from Keys. Yes, he’s fishing a little bit, and yes he may not be the most reliable source, but he’s definitely hinting at a takeover here. There’s nothing else he could be talking about with this tweet. For Newcastle fans, though, they will see this comment from the club as further confirmation that they shouldn’t get excited about anything to do with a potential takeover until owner Mike Ashley has signed on the dotted line and given the club over to a fresh face. Still, even if there was a takeover in the pipeline, it’s unlikely that the club would confirm that that is the case. What else are they going to say other than ‘business as usual’? So while hope of a takeover isn’t dead, it’s not particularly close to becoming a reality either.