Simon Jordan has a lot of opinions and a fair chunk of them prove to be bang on.
But when it came to Newcastle’s takeover, the talkSPORT host got it spectacularly wrong – and he’s now found that out the hard way!
The former Crystal Palace owner was force to eat humble pie as he met with Newcastle fans live on air on Friday, in a special White and Jordan show.
After a tumultuous week for the club, which has seen Steve Bruce leave and the new Saudi owners begin plans for their new era, talkSPORT’s dynamic duo went right to the heart of the city to bring you an action packed show live from the historic Centurion bar in Newcastle Central Station.
They were joined by quite a crowd in Tyneside and Jordan was soon left to answer to supporters, who were having the last laugh over his takeover prediction that was proven so badly wrong.
Live on air, the talkSPORT pundit was presented with a very special gift from a section of the Toon Army – a t-shirt featuring his now famous quote: “Deader than a dead thing from dead land”.
That is, of course, how Mr Jordan described the club’s Saudi takeover… hours before the £305million deal was approved and announced.
You can’t get them all right, Simon!
Earlier this month, the whole of Tyneside was jubilant with the news that confirmation the long-awaited takeover from the Saudi Public Investment Fund had finally gone through.
After 14 years in charge, derided owner Mike Ashley has relented his grip on the Premier League club and a new era can now begin, with one of the country’s biggest sleeping giants now joining the mega-rich elite.
And shortly after it was announced, Jordan admitted he ‘got it wrong’ with his verdict on the takeover, but insisted it was ‘not a great day for football’.
“Earlier this week I said it was deader than a dead thing from dead land, so I look completely wrong, and I am wrong,” he admitted on talkSPORT.
“I didn’t envisage that the Saudis were still there. I didn’t see this news coming out of left field, this piracy issue was the key component in why I thought it would never be done. I missed the memo on that and it’s back on, it is where it is now.
“For all the Newcastle fans who want to say, ‘ner-nicky-ner-ner’, yep, I got it wrong.
“Some people will say it’s a bad day for football,” he added. “And others, specifically Newcastle fans, will say it’s a great day. In the same way it was a great day for Man City, Chelsea and PSG.
“The reason why I say it’s not a great day for football is because it brings in a new situation where hyper-inflation will come to pass.
“Newcastle will come in with owners who have £320bn. Now they come in with a business in relatively decent nick because Ashley hasn’t run it at a loss for years.
“They’ve got three years now when they can smash the granny out of the transfer market without any implications over financial fair play.”
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