PL granted more time to respond to Newcastle takeover claim

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PL granted more time to respond to Newcastle takeover claim

The Premier League has been granted more time to respond to Newcastle’s claim to the Competition Appeal Tribunal over their collapsed takeover.

League bosses had sought an extension until June 15 to prepare their submissions and evidence on the basis that it is already having to do the same in regard to its ongoing arbitration case with the club.

However, CAT president the Hon Mr Justice Roth, who revealed the governing body has also asked for further time in those proceedings, has granted an extension until June 11.

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In his judgement, published on the CAT website, he said: “I do not see that the defendant will be prejudiced by a limited extension. Taking all this into account, I consider that a slightly more limited extension of time to 11 June 2021 is appropriate and justified.”

Magpies owner Mike Ashley turned to his lawyers after Amanda Staveley’s largely Saudi-funded consortium withdrew its £300million-plus offer for the club last summer after waiting in vain for 17 weeks for the Premier League to complete its owners’ and directors’ test.

Details of the arbitration case filed by Newcastle United remain undisclosed, but one of the issues during the takeover process was the Premier League’s quest for clarity on the relationship between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which was to take an 80 per cent stake in the club, and the state.

The CAT claim, which is being pursued on behalf of Ashley’s St James Holdings Limited, revolves around alleged restrictions on prospective new owners by the league and its member clubs.

It is understood Ashley and the Staveley consortium remain intent upon doing business, although their wait is set to stretch for at least a few more weeks.

The CAT document reveals that the arbitration claim is to be heard “on an expedited basis in July 2021”.


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The expiry of Roy Hodgson’s contract is perfectly-timed. But Palace can’t risk getting lost by lurching off down a different road…


This is the managerial departure that the term ‘mutual consent’ was coined for. But Crystal Palace did the decent thing and as their manager on Tuesday morning.

Whether or not he was ushered towards the door doesn’t matter. What does is that he will be allowed to walk through at his own behest after Sunday which is the least he deserves. Four years and 162 matches at the helm have provided Palace with the level of security and pragmatism that other clubs crave. And some of the clubs that don’t, should.

This was an opportunity to part on the best of terms that neither party could waste. For Hodgson, it is job done. He was hired in September 2017 after Palace pulled the plug on their brief, disastrous attempt at going in a different direction from Sam Allardyce to Frank de Boer. Palace were pointless and goalless after four games, and they remained those things for three more games too, but once Hodgson had been allowed to drill into the group he inherited his core values of shape, organisation and discipline, the Eagles climbed to mid-table and rarely ever left.

Under Hodgson, that became the Palace way. It had to be. At no point during his reign have Palace had the players or the resources to play expansive, care-free football. It has not often been easy on the eye and frustrations among the supporters occasionally swelled to something close to open dissent. But there was always an understanding at Selhurst Park over why Palace played the Roy way.

Not that it was one dimensional. Hodgson’s success at Palace is built on solidity but he has also given the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze the platform to play. For Palace, with the oldest squad in the Premier League, Hodgson’s blend has been just right.

Just as it is right for the club and their manager to go their separate ways now. Because Palace need a rebuild. Hodgson may have fancied another year in the top-flight but by the time the next campaign kicks off, the boyhood Palace fan will be 74. A steady hand may well have been useful at such a crucial juncture, but upon the turnover of half their squad, Palace need a vision for their future which can’t possibly include Hodgson, already the oldest manager to boss in the Premier League.

Palace could veer in a different direction, but they’ve tried that before and got hopelessly lost. It was Hodgson who dragged them back on course when he arrived. Steve Parrish and the Palace board, we assume, won’t have forgotten that.

Aiming for evolution over revolution may be impossible when half of the first-team squad is due to leave with Hodgson, but a raft of personnel changes does not mean that Palace have to entirely abandon the principles that have made them a ridiculously consistent presence in the Premier League.

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But the rumoured interest in Frank Lampard prompts the concern that Parrish has been blinded by star quality once more.

In the same way parting with Hodgson makes sense for all concerned, .

Lampard fudged a semi-rebuild with, in comparison to the Palace purse, limitless resources at Chelsea even while most of the heavy lifting was done for him by the board. Lampard’s job was simple: mould the incredible talent at his disposal into something resembling a title contender. Even his years of stellar service on the pitch could not spare him the axe when Chelsea dropped to ninth.

How would Lampard manage an overhaul that could leave Palace with just a dozen first-team players come July 1? We don’t know because he’s never taken on a job of that scale. But we can all make a reasonable guess.

For Lampard too, this would be a perilous next step. He cannot afford his next job to end in failure and there will be far cushier offers for him to consider. To a seasoned manager, one with a track record of building squads within budgets and provoking teams to overachieve, Palace is an intriguing prospect. Lampard is not that man.

Sean Dyche might be. Chris Wilder could be too. Palace, apparently, have their feelers out and a swift appointment will be required after Sunday.

In the meantime, Hodgson deserves the focus to be on him as he leads Palace out for one last time at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, in the presence of Arsenal and a few thousand thankful fans. Hodgson will bow out against one of his 16 former clubs on Sunday, at Liverpool where the prevailing sentiment will be rather less grateful. Especially if he ambles off into the sunset with the wreckage of their Champions League hopes over his shoulder.

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