The Magpies were set to be sold by controversial owner Mike Ashley last summer after the retail entrepreneur agreed to a £300m deal with the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF).
However, the consortium, also including businesswoman Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers, failed to pass the Premier League’s directors and owners test and Ashley has been locked in a court case attempting to push the transaction over the line ever since.
Several reports have indicated that the ‘Big Six’ clubs in England lobbied against the St. James’ Park outfits proposed takeover, and Ryder believes their recent attempt to form a Super League shows why.
Newcastle’s newfound wealth would have potentially disturbed the balance at the top end of the Premier League table, upsetting their plans for the new competition.
Writing in The Chronicle, Ryder suggested the era of the ‘Big Six’ being able to exert power and dominance over the rest of the division has to change: “In this week’s Premier League meeting, between the 14 clubs who opposed the European Super League, they should have been assured that the days of the top six calling the shots are behind us now.
“If somebody wants to buy a club and help enhance the Premier League, they should be allowed, regardless of the cattiness of the dirty dozen.” And it seems as though many Newcastle fans are in agreement.
“If the Premier League want to punish the top six just give the takeover the green light, that’ll put the cat amongst the pigeons”
“I think they’ll be terrified of another big name coming in with deep pockets”
“Time they realised that the top 6 are not their only clubs. After the recent debacle, they should approve the takeover as a reward for loyalty”
“Good article. Totally forgot that we played champions league football before the majority of the ‘big six’ clubs.”
“Hope so! I want Ms Staveley and @ghodoussi part of our club”
“They’re all jealous including them talksport idiots Simon Jordan what a tool”