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Legend claims would-be owners have made Pochettino offer: NUFC evening update

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Former Newcastle United manager Ossie Ardiles has claimed the would-be Magpies owners have made an offer to Mauricio Pochettino.

Elsewhere, Magpies' owner Mike Ashley is understood to be running the clock down on his tenure on Tyneside.

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Ardiles' claim

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles claims Newcastle United have made Mauricio Pochettino an offer - adding the manager would be tempted by the Tyneside project.

The former Tottenham manager is now free to speak with other clubs after his six-month gardening leave with the North London club finished this week.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on January 1, 2019 (Image: Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Pochettino is considered the bookies' favourite to take the St James' Park hotseat once the Saudi-led takeover is completed, and confirmed in an interview on Friday that a Premier League return is his 'priority'.

Now, former Tottenham midfielder Ardiles - who is close friends with Pochettino and still lives in the capital - has claimed a deal is on the cards for the 48-year-old to succeed Steve Bruce.

Read More Related Articles Ashley running down the clock

Mike Ashley is running the clock down on his time at Newcastle United.

The Sports Direct magnate is still in the United States but is believed to be making minor decisions from his base in Miami through close aide Justin Barnes.

Indeed, as some contracts head closer to their expiry dates, such as Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo and Rob Elliot, Ashley appears to have opted for delaying tactics to avoid signing off fresh multi-millon pound deals.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Sports Direct International founder Mike Ashley leaves the Red Lion pub in Westminster to attend a Parliamentary select committee hearing at Portcullis house on June 7, 2016 in London, England.

This should be classed as a positive sign with Ashley's business interests now lying elsewhere after he accepted his painful run at St James' Park was coming to an end.

Youngster Matty Longstaff is another who will see his current arrangement expire at the end of next month with clubs in Europe interested in signing the midfielder next term.

But the players could have to wait for the new regime to get behind their desks before learning of their fate.

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Newcastle United’s would-be owners have held talks with the city council in what appears to be the clearest indication yet that there are wider plans for investment in the region alongside possible rejuvenation of the Magpies.

The deal remains with the Premier League for sign off with no timeframe for when the green light or an announcement will be made.

But background work has been going on alongside the takeover, which would see the Saudi PiF take an 80% stake in the club while property developers the Reuben Brothers hold a 10% stake and Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners have 10%.

That includes contact between the group and executives at the city council over plans for the future, with at least two long conversations being held recently to discuss how United could be at the centre of civic life in Newcastle.

Possible renaming of the number nine bar – with the possibility of returning it to the original which bore Alan Shearer’s name – and the East Stand after a club legend have been among two “easy wins” mentioned but there have been other deeper discussions. Building on the club’s relationship with organisations in the city (which, to be fair to the current regime, has improved in recent years) is key to winning hearts and minds in the city.

Mike Ashley, Yasir Al-Rumayyan and Amanda Staveley

Although fans will be anxious to hear what changes are envisaged to help the club compete with the Premier League’s big guns, those close to the buying side have always emphasised it is a “long-term project” and investment.

Manchester City’s owners transformed the east end of that city over years but there’s no blueprint just yet for exactly what any investment would look like.

This is the sixth week of checks and despite surges of excitement that an announcement could be soon, the situation remains that Premier League confirmation and transfer of funds are required to complete the buy out.

It’s understood that this deal has been one of the most complex the Premier League has ever dealt with. The process has required lawyers and outside investigators to look into stacks of sensitive information and interrogate objections from several parties. But buyers’ side sources insist there have been no red flags raised and remain hopeful of an announcement soon.

Read More Related Articles Ashley's video message

Mike Ashley has re-emerged for the first time amid the Newcastle United takeover talk to deliver a video message to Frasers Group employees.

The retail tycoon has written to staff indicating stores - including Sports Direct and House of Fraser - could potentially re-open from June 1.

Newcastle United owner and Frasers Group chief executive Mike Ashley delivered a video message to company employees (Image: Frasers Group)

In a video message to staff, Ashley said: "Morning everyone. I hope everyone is well and families are well.

"Just to say thanks for all the efforts during this unprecedented crisis and a special shout out to Shirebrook. I'm telling you they have done an absolutely amazing job.

"So thanks everyone and I hope to see you soon."

Read More Related Articles Inside the quiet revolution

There’s a quiet revolution going on at Newcastle United.

Away from the manoeuvres at Premier League HQ in Paddington, NE1 and Riyadh, United are about to roll out one of the most cutting edge appliances of sport science seen in elite sport.

The Orrecco @thlete app being rolled out to the Newcastle United squad shortly

It started this week with a smartphone app dedicated to protecting the squad against the coronavirus as they returned to ‘phase one’ training after two months working from home as the Premier League season was curtailed. But soon that will be expanded into a programme that is a decade in the making and – to quote the company who have designed it – is the “next step” in sports science.

Today the Chronicle is getting a first look around @thlete, the new smartphone app about to be delivered to Newcastle players which is, well, seriously smart.

Read More Related Articles Pundit on Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino would be 'excited' by the prospect of joining Newcastle United following a takeover.

That's the view of talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino, who believes the former Tottenham boss would 'embrace the challenge' of the long-term project on Tyneside.

Pochettino has been heavily linked with the post at St James' Park, and admitted in interview on Friday that a return to the Premier League would be his "priority".

Magpies' head coach Steve Bruce addressed the takeover and speculation over his future this week, insisting he would back himself to take the club forward under the prospective owners.

Newcastle United have been linked with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentinian is the bookies' favourite to succeed Bruce as the Magpies' manager if the Saudi-led takeover is completed.

Cascarino believes the pressure is on the current head coach to prove to the incoming owners that he is the man to deliver their vision.

But if Bruce is to be replaced, the former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker believes the project in the North East would appeal to Pochettino.

Read More Related Articles MLB and NBA talks

Newcastle United doctor Paul Catterson has revealed that the Magpies are sharing information with some of the top sporting leagues in the world to get through the virus pandemic.

The Magpies have returned to training and Dr Catterson has already started planning for phase two of the Premier League's restart which would put the club in a position to safely play games behind closed doors and complete the season.

Club Doctor Paul Catterson

It has now emerged that Newcastle and their Premier League rivals have joined forces to share information with the Bundesliga with German action starting their second round of fixtures after the global lockdown.

Catterson revealed that talks with Major League Baseball clubs and NBA teams has also taken place.

Read More Related Articles Project Restart latest

Newcastle United will vote on implementing phase two of Project Restart when Premier League clubs meet this week.

Clubs in top-flight voted unanimously on Monday in favour of a return to socially distanced training, phase one of Project Restart.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce (C) looks on during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on February 19, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) Read More Related Articles

Players have since been allowed to work together, maintaining a two metre distance at all times, in groups of five for 75-minutes a session, and have also been tested for Covid-19 during the process.

Out of the 746 tests completed so far, only six came back positive, a result which was seen as a huge boost for Project Restart by the Premier League and its clubs.

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