By Noel Whelan

23rd Jul, 2021 | 5:30pm

Newcastle-PiF takeover saga may drag on for years - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested the Newcastle United takeover saga could drag on until 2023 after the arbitration process was delayed.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the Premier League would drag the case out for as long as possible.

In a statement released on Monday (July 19th), Newcastle confirmed the main hearing of the arbitration against the Premier League has been adjourned until early 2022.

The club state “issues with the disclosure of evidence” is the reason behind the postponement.

Newcastle have launched the case against the Premier League after the Saudi-backed bid failed to be given the green light.

Whelan branded the saga a “farce” and suggested Newcastle could be made to wait over a year before the issue is resolved.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s been a farce ever since it first started, to be quite honest with you.

“This doesn’t surprise me that they don’t want to disclose any kind of findings. They’re going to drag it on as much as they possibly can.

“It’s not good for Newcastle because they want this takeover done. They want the takeover done because it’s going to improve and bring more money into the football club.

“It’ll strengthen their squad and position in the Premier League.

“You can never see this one settling very quickly because there’s two strong personalities at either end of this: Mike Ashley and the Premier League.

“The Premier League will need to make sure they’ve got all their documents in order, as will Mike Ashley.

“The process is going to drag on. I probably can’t see it getting concluded in 2022 either.”

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