Noel Whelan has slated the Premier League after Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce asked for clarity over the takeover in the latest update from a club employee.  

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted there “is no reason” why it should have taken this long for a decision to have been made.

Mike Ashley agreed to sell the Magpies to an Amanda Staveley-led consortium for £300million almost three months ago.

However, the Premier League is still yet to complete the Owners’ and Directors’ test required to sanction the takeover.

Whelan claimed the current situation is not good for anyone at the club.

“It has been dragging on too long now,” he told Football Insider.

“It cannot be good for the board or the manager.

“There is no reason why it should have gone on this long. The test should have been concluded by now.

“Steve Bruce needs to know where he stands. So does the club, Mike Ashley and everyone else concerned.

“There is no reason why it should have dragged on this long. Everyone wants it done and dusted so they know where they stand.

“The Premier League needs to get on with it.”

Steve Bruce, as quoted by the Mirror, said: “Like all of us we are still waiting.

“I think all of us feel this decision has to be made. It just seems to have become tedious.

“We need the people who are making the decisions to make that decision. We need them to make it. And be quick about it.”

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