Louise Taylor on Tuesday, August 4 2020

More than 70,000 Newcastle fans sign petition demanding takeover answers

Supporters want Premier League to explain handlingEfforts continuing to revive takeover involving SaudisMore than 70,000 Newcastle fans have signed a petition demanding the Premier League explain its handling of the apparently collapsed Saudi Arabian-led takeover attempt.The initiative has been back

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Observer fans' network on Sunday, August 2 2020

Premier League 2019-20 fans’ verdicts, part two: Manchester City to Wolves

Fans review the season, and set out their transfer wishlists• Part one: Arsenal to LiverpoolA strange season. Whether it’s judged as a success or not will depend on the Champions League. Winning the Carabao Cup again was great, but nine league losses is unforgivable for this City team, and the less

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Stephen Cockburn on Saturday, August 1 2020

Another Newcastle takeover mess shows football should mean more | Stephen Cockburn

As a Newcastle fan, I’m desperate for change at the club but I never wanted it to be used as a PR toolAs a lifelong fan I’ve been as desperate as anyone for change at Newcastle, but Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record meant this was never the takeover I was hoping for.I never wanted our clu

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Louise Taylor on Friday, July 31 2020

'Never say never': Newcastle say Ashley still committed to Saudi-led sale

Club director Lee Charnley responds to consortium’s withdrawalHenry Mauriss must show proof of funds if he wants to take over Newcastle’s managing director has raised hopes, admittedly slender, that the club’s collapsed sale to a Saudi-led consortium could be resurrected.“Never say never,” said Lee

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Louise Taylor on Thursday, July 30 2020

Another failed Newcastle takeover ends with a familiar feeling of farce | Louise Taylor

Collapse of Saudi-led £300m bid end uncertainty for Steve Bruce but also stirs up uncomfortable memories for fansThe past four months have provided Newcastle supporters with a crash course in geopolitics and left Mike Ashley clutching a £17m non-refundable deposit. Right now neither offers much cons

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Sean Ingle and Louise Taylor on Thursday, July 30 2020

Saudi-led consortium forced to abandon takeover of Newcastle United

Buyout dropped as group feared being blocked by leagueFans still waiting for new owner to replace Mike AshleyThe controversial £300m takeover of Newcastle United collapsed on Thursday after a Saudi Arabia-led consortium withdrew its bid amid growing fears it would fail the Premier League’s owners’ a

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Sean Ingle on Wednesday, July 29 2020

Saudi Arabia appeals against WTO ruling in twist to Newcastle takeover bid

WTO said Saudi Arabia helped piracy of Premier League gamesAppeal unlikely to be held swiftly prolonging takeoverThe Newcastle takeover saga has taken a fresh twist after Saudi Arabia formally appealed against a World Trade Organization ruling that it facilitated the piracy of Premier League matches

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Guardian writers on Tuesday, July 28 2020

Premier League 2019-20 season review: our writers’ best and worst

The best players, greatest games and notable signings – plus those that didn’t work out, and what needs to changeEd Aarons: The performances of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson were crucial for a brilliant Liverpool team that left Manchester City floundering in their wake but

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Paul Doyle on Monday, July 27 2020

Premier League 2019-20 review: flops of the season

A midfielder who barely played, a forward who barely scored and a goalkeeper had seasons to forget. Also: Managers | Players | Goals | Young players | Signings | Matches | Gripes | PunditsWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2019-20 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for th

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Rob Smyth on Monday, July 27 2020

Premier League 2019-20 review: signings of the season

From scurrying strikers to impulsive wingers, here are our pick of the top flight’s best new arrivals. Also: Flops | Pundits | Managers | Players | Goals | Young players | Matches | GripesWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2019-20 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for th

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Sunday, July 26 2020

Divock Origi sees off Newcastle as Liverpool end title campaign in style

Naby Keïta assumed centre stage as Liverpool again emphasised why it would take a particularly brave pundit to predict any flattening of their upward trajectory next season.With the Guinean dominating midfield, Jürgen Klopp’s champions recovered from a slow start to ensure Steve Bruce’s bold pre-mat

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Paul Wilson on Saturday, July 25 2020

The Premier League's overachievers, underachievers and those on par | Paul Wilson

Liverpool’s ruthless consistency and Sheffield United’s ability to adapt exceeded expectations, but Arsenal and Spurs slumped, while Manchester City and United have been satisfactoryLeague tables may never lie, though everyone knows they can be economical with the truth. By Sunday evening we will ha

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Ed Aarons at the Amex Stadium on Monday, July 20 2020

Brighton safe as Newcastle's Andy Carroll faces up to painful miss

Job done for Graham Potter, although the Brighton manager was the first to accept this wasn’t exactly a classic. A point from a fixture that resembled a pre-season match in terms of intensity means his side can officially start planning for a fourth season in the top flight, having somewhat limped o

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Wednesday, July 15 2020

Harry Kane at double as Tottenham beat Newcastle to boost European hopes

Long before kick-off José Mourinho walked out on to the pitch and stood alone, his eyes scanning the vast empty stands. The Tottenham manager says Newcastle became “part of my life” during his years working as first interpreter and then coach under the late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona and that he

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Nick Ames on Wednesday, July 15 2020

Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane’s second-half double gave Spurs a vital 3-1 win in their chase for the Europa League places against a slightly unlucky Newcastle 8.42pm BST Louise Taylor’s match report: Related: Harry Kane at double as Tottenham beat Newcastle to boost European hopes 8.18pm BST That’s it from me – thank

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Louise Taylor on Tuesday, July 14 2020

Saudi Arabia bans beIN Sports to further complicate £300m Newcastle takeover

Ruling makes it impossible to watch Premier League legallyEnglish top flight has been considering club’s sale for 16 weeksNewcastle United’s takeover saga has been cast into further uncertainty after taking an unexpected twist on Tuesday when the Saudi Arabian government permanently barred the Premi

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Rob Smyth on Saturday, July 11 2020

Watford 2-1 Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Troy Deeney scored two violent penalties as Watford came from behind to earn a vital victory over Newcastle at Vicarage Road 2.45pm BST Related: Troy Deeney penalty double earns Watford comeback win over Newcastle 2.30pm BST Here’s more on the news that Norwich have done one from the Premier Leagu

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Barney Ronay at Vicarage Road on Saturday, July 11 2020

Troy Deeney penalty double earns Watford comeback win over Newcastle

At a chilly, breezy Vicarage Road Watford took a significant step towards Premier League safety. A second-half performance of gathering intensity was given teeth by two Troy Deeney penalties to seal a defeat of an increasingly flaccid Newcastle United.The result leaves Watford six points above the r

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