Newcastle takeover: Approval was expected on Tuesday. Fury followed on Wednesday – The Athletic

Other contributor: Matt Slater

Right up until Tuesday, they expected a yes — again. When Wednesday rolled around, it was a no — again.

After weeks of political pressure, painstaking negotiations and government involvement, Mike Ashley and the consortium attempting to buy Newcastle United from him were confident they had found a way. But this is the never-ending takeover and the way was blocked. Again.

Newcastle’s fiery public statement on Wednesday night felt like another front in Ashley’s push to sell up after 13 toxic years of ownership. They called out the Premier League and Richard Masters, its chief executive, for not acting “appropriately”, an extraordinary accusation for a stakeholder to level against its own organisation. There was even the hint of legal action, with the club “considering all relevant options available to them”.

Not for the first time, this was Ashley going rogue. The statement…