By Frank McAvennie

17th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

'Greedy' Premier League clubs are 'running scared' from Newcastle - pundit

Frank McAvennie has been left baffled as the Newcastle takeover was cited as a reason for the resignation of Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims clubs are “running scared” from the Magpies.

On 16 November, The Athletic reported Hoffman, 61, has resigned as chairman of the Premier League after 18 months in the role.

This was confirmed by the Premier League on Wednesday (17 November).

The report claims the recent Newcastle takeover brought several clubs’ dissatisfaction with Hoffman to a head.

McAvennie can’t believe some Premier League clubs are still kicking up a fuss over the takeover and insisted the complaints are purely motivated by money.

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“I don’t get that, it’s so strange,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I still don’t see why this is an issue. Newcastle are the only club that should be bothered about their owners.

“It’s over, it’s done. Newcastle have new owners and there is nothing the other clubs can do about it.

“This is going on for far too long now. These clubs need to look at themselves.

“There are issues with human rights but this isn’t about that. These clubs are running scared because they know Newcastle will replace them.

“There has been nothing from these clubs about the World Cup in Qatar and the human rights stuff there.

“It’s just money, it’s pure greed. It always is with this lot. They tried to block the sponsors, didn’t they?

“God knows what they are going to do next.”

Newcastle’s new owners have already made their first appointment as Eddie Howe was named as Steve Bruce’s successor on 8 November.

His first game is against Brentford on Saturday.

In other news, Newcastle United have agreed terms with proven Premier League operator ahead of January.