The Premier League has been urged to be 'concise' and 'utterly transparent' with who it sought advice from over the Newcastle United takeover following 24 hours of explosive revelations.

Chronicle Live exclusively revealed 13 pages of emails between the Premier League and Department for Culture, Media and Sport which showed the top flight confirmed a decision on the Saudi-led takeover could be possible within 24 hours of June 21, 2020. The top-flight added though that the situation could change quickly and there was 'no set time' to a conclusion being drawn.

Government sources were adamant that a decision was close and organised a top-level meeting across several departments to deal with the outcome.

It was then revealed by the Mail Online that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene and correct the top flight's position on the deal.

The DCMS confirmed to Chronicle Live that it had NO correspondence with the Saudi government regarding the buy-out.

Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead and life-long Newcastle United season ticket holder feels the Premier League need to be more transparent on the matter - they offered a no comment on Wednesday's exclusive by Chronicle Live.

"When the Premier League was posing the question 'things could change', I want to know at that stage what was it that they were anticipating could change? From my perspective, I've convinced there was outside interference, possibly from other Premier League clubs.

"There's a number of things which are commercially confidential here but it smacks of something to hide and cover up - from that perspective it will come out sooner rather than later.

"If they've got nothing to hide, they should be disclosing that at the earliest opportunity.

"The Premier League need to stop leading us up the garden path - just come out, be clear, concise and utterly transparent about what involvement there has been - and if there has been any interference from any outside sources. "

Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead

The DCMS didn't offer a comment when asked about what the agenda of the high-level meeting was to be, but did note that

Mearns however questions how the government can maintain a line of non-interference.

"If the DCMS wasn't involved at all and was taking a passive role why were they taking a strategy of organising cross Whitehall meetings.

"It's quite obvious that the current government want to have a close working relationship with Saudi Arabia because they regard them as an important trading partner.

"If it's nothing to do with you why were you arranging cross Whitehall meetings about it - it's a simple question.

"I don't understand any other use of the word 'imminent' [as used in the emails to the Premier League] - to me, that means within 24 hours. Government tends to use this terminology; if they say 'shortly' it means the end of the month but 'imminent' it means at the very most by the end of the week."