By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jul, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit 'feels sorry' for Newcastle fans after latest shattering takeover update

Frank McAvennie has slammed the decision to delay Newcastle United’s arbitration case against the Premier League until next year.

The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the prolonged takeover saga.

On Monday (19th July), Newcastle said in a statement that their arbitration case against the Premier League has been delayed until early 2022.

The arbitration process was supposed to get underway this month but due to issues with the disclosure of evidence, this is no longer the case.

Mike Ashley is trying to push through the Amanda Staveley-fronted bid after agreeing a deal to sell the club more than 12 months ago.

McAvennie has plenty of sympathy for the Toon Army, who are set to face at least another six months of takeover limbo.

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“It’s wrong,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Mike wants to sell the club, he has the buyers, and for some reason they can’t do it. The whole thing is a farce. ‘What else can he do?’

“I don’t understand, they have done everything. I feel so sorry for the fans, I lived up there for 15 years and the fans are salt-of-the-earth people.

“They love their club and I feel for them because it’s not right. They can have a go at Mike but what else can he do.

“He’s agreed a deal and it’s not happened, now they have put it on hold for six months.

“Nothing even happened in the last six months. The sooner it happens the better.

“The club needs to be football first and it’s not at the moment. There must be something wrong.

“I just wish for the Geordies to find someone who cares about the club.”

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