Michael Brown believes it’s time for Newcastle United to “move on” after the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover bid collapsed on Thursday. 

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the proposed takeover may not have been “meant to be.”

In a joint statement relayed to the media on Thursday evening, the Saudi Arabian PIF, PCP Capital Partners and the RB Sports and Media consortium confirmed they had withdrawn their bid for the Magpies.


They highlighted the “unforeseeably prolonged process” to gain approval from the Premier League as a key factor in their decision.

Brown admitted that he wasn’t surprised by the decision, but insisted under Steve Bruce the Magpies can still prosper next season.

“When we last spoke it wasn’t looking good,” Brown told Football Insider.

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“It was dragging on for such a long period of time and if it’s not meant to be it’s not meant to be.

“I think you’ve got to say they had a successful season considering the circumstances and they got a good points tally.

“They’ve just got to move on, they’ve got the experience of Steve Bruce to do that. Mike Ashley is very aware of deals and that’ll continue.

“Hopefully, if there is no takeover, they can be a bit ahead of the game and be a little bit better than they were next season and get some targets in place.”

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Bruce guided Newcastle to a comfortable 13th-place finish in the Premier League during his first season in charge, however the Magpies failed to win any of their final six outings, losing four.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider who was to blame after “massive” takeover development.

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