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Everything posted by Wandy

  1. I don't understand why that is a reason for hope. All that will happen there is the club claim "we have evidence of the PL doing X, Y & Z. The PL then respond with "we refute all of the club's allegations, see you in court". Meanwhile, the national media will barely give the story a paragraph of exposure.
  2. The arbitration is merely about separation. What could be used from the CAT that is relevant to that question? The arbitration does not deal with anything to do with the PL acting anti-competitively.
  3. Even if it goes ahead, the PL will not fold until right at the death. Which could be years away. The Saudis will not wait that long, we just are not that important. They will move on to the Italian league.
  4. Likewise. I'm hanging around here for a few weeks more in the faintest of hopes that a deal is done before the summer window closes. Not going to happen of course, but may as well hang on for a few weeks more. If the CAT gets the green light I will check the thread updates in page 1 from time to time for any developments. But really, there is nothing to discuss on this topic anymore. The only thing either of the two threads on here will be good for will be Twitter ITK bullshit.
  5. Yes. And for that reason I don't know how any longstanding NUFC fan can continue to follow the game after this.
  6. Below is from The Athletic.... "Could the CAT break the logjam? In theory, yes. In practice, nobody knows because sports disputes very rarely end up in CATs. This partly explains why the judge has given the league two extensions to gather evidence for its request to have the case thrown out because the tribunal does not have the jurisdiction for disputes such as this. We await the judge’s ruling on this matter but if anyone thinks this tribunal is a shortcut to a takeover, they could be in for a further disappointment. As of today, there is only one hearing sc
  7. The article in The Athletic is grim. This is simply never going to happen. Consider me fully back in the pessimistic camp.
  8. If a supposedly "simple" process like arbitration can be continuously kicked down the road so often and for so long, then it's not unreasonable to assume that the CAT could literally be years away.
  9. I now think that in reality they have walked away, and meant it last year when they said it back then. They were prepared to come back if they did not have to submit the evidence that is obviously crucial for this to have any chance of happening. But the reality of it is that they were always going to need to submit that evidence, even for arbitration. The PL have played a blinder here and I think Ashley's legal action now looks like a cost-free punt that he has essentially paid for with Staveley's deposit.
  10. Another strongly worded letter. Go and fuck yourselves NUST. You are an embarrassing joke of an organisation.
  11. The guy is a complete helmet. Its clear that the PL don't give a fuck about the CAT case either and know that it won't hurt them, beyond a pittance in compensation to Ashley.
  12. Unfortunately, my gut instinct says he has got it right. I think Ashley will quietly let this fizzle out and start sounding out alternatives. Honestly, its time for people to decide if they want to continue their interest in football in a post-failed Saudi takeover world. I know what my answer is to that particular question.
  13. Did Benitez get wind of this happening, hence the move to Everton? Certainly looking like it now.
  14. I am amazed at how unbothered I feel by this, even though it does feel like it's over. What I would say though is, if the CAT does go ahead and NUFC are relegated this season then Ashley could legitimately claim the damages for it this time IMO. This is beyond parody now.
  15. Holy Shit. I can't see the Saudis coming back now. This has gone way, way beyond a piss take.
  16. The thing about Rafa is he gets half decent players performing briliantly as a collective. Therefore signing the likes of Townsend (still a very good player btw) might not blow people's socks off but you just know that collectively they will have Everton easily pushing for a top 6 place.
  17. Christ, I had no idea it was going to be that concealed. Surely the club can at least release a statement stating that it has concluded?
  18. I know that we failed to get transparacy of all the intricate details as to how the arbitration verdict was reached but....the actual verdict has to be made public as soon as it has been reached, doesnt it?
  19. Just because the majority of NUFC's support are not interested in protests, this does not give the NUST a free pass to say that they shouldn't do it either. In the late 80s the Supporters For Change group had a similar uphill battle, trying to get fans to boycott matches in order to force out Gordon McKeag and his cronies, and allow John Hall to get control of the club. The fact that only a few thousand, at best, took part in the boycotts, this did not deter the SFC in carrying on with their campaign. And eventually, they played their part in getting the change that was needed.
  20. I'm neither a fan nor a detractor of him tbh. Yeah, he does the self publicity thing well, but plenty of people have used the club in the past for their own ends whilst still making efforts to make the club better at the same time. Sir John Hall being one of them. Hall made a fortune out of NUFC but that was fine as everyone knew he was also striving to make the club better too. Whatever you think of Wraith, his passion for NUFC is not in question IMO.
  21. It's the most important thing to happen to NUFC and the city in generations and they have just sat on their hands. Fucking appalling.
  22. Great to see this as she spoke so well. Passionate and eloquent too.
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