The BIG thing that happened in Newcastle last night
Mining magnate Nathan Tinkler has a very BIG presence in Newcastle. He also has a very BIG bank balance. And as of last night, he has the green light for his $100m takeover of the Newcastle Knights NRL team. That’s BIG money.
Tinkler’s people had to secure the approval of 75 per cent of Knights members last night. They achieved this comfortably, with 97 per cent of the 2,500 who turned out voting in favour of the Tinkler takeover. That’s a BIG endorsement.
The future of Knights CEO Steve Burraston, who originally opposed the bid, is now unclear. As the picture below the fold shows, he too is a very BIG figure in the Hunter region.
Many extremely BIG Newcastle identities turned out in favour of the takeover last night, including Paul Harragon, aka The Chief, aka the man behind the consistently unfunniest segment in the history of television – the “THAT’S GOLD!” segment – which The NRL Footy Show refused to can for a bafflingly long time.
Actually, what I am saying? It’s The Footy Show. Of course they thought it was funny.
Anyway, all in all, a BIG night for a BIG club which has won two BIG premierships in its 23 years, and which will now be placed to hit the BIG time again, a position they haven’t occupied since the dark days before Newcastle boy Mikey Robins’ lap band surgery.
In fact, this is the biggest thing to happen in Newcastle since that really BIG ship, the 76,741 tonne Pasha Bulker, got stuck off Nobby’s Beach.
As for whether the takeover will ultimately serve the club well, that’s anyone’s guess.
On the positive side, Tinkler now owns 700 racehorses, the Newcastle Jets soccer team, some mines, some companies, some BIG cars, a couple of BIG houses and loads of other really BIG stuff. And it all seems to be in reasonably good nick.
That said, Knights fans will be hoping he goes a little easier on the team’s coaches and other personnel than he has on his racehorses trainers. By all accounts, at least five of Tinkler’s racehorse trainers have either been sacked or resigned. And he’s only been in the racing game a few years.
It’s way too early to call, but there are those quietly saying today that Newcastle could be in for a mighty BIG headache down the track.
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