Amanda Staveley May Bid For Newcastle – Rafa Benitez Key To The Deal

Sky Sports is now reporting that 44-year-old private equity fund manager Amanda Staveley, who runs PCP Capital Partners, is looking at potentially buying one of three Premier League clubs.

That seems to be the reason why she was at the Newcastle vs Liverpool game on Sunday afternoon, and she must have been impressed by what she saw at Newcastle, both on the field and from the crowd.

Amanda has excellent communication with Directors of many of the top English clubs and has wanted to invest in a Premier League club for some time.

It’s not clear if Amanda would be the sole owner of Newcastle but more likely she would lead a consortium of Middle East investors to buy Newcastle United FC.

Staveley is reported to have met with some Newcastle club officials after the game, and she was said to have been very impressed by the sold-out crowd of over 52,000 and the atmosphere created by the (great) Geordie fans.

Amanda Staveley – may lead consortium to bid for Newcastle United

From what we know, Amanda would be a popular owner at Newcastle if she lets Rafa Benitez get on with the job of making Newcastle United into a top team in Europe – aided maybe by Lee Charnley.

And the Chronicle are reporting today that Amanda is also said to have met with Rafa Benitez after the game on Sunday.

That was probably to ask the former Liverpool manager about how he really felt about staying on at Newcastle long term.

She has lots of experience in buying Premier League clubs since she was involved in Sheikh Mansour’s acquisition of Manchester City back in 2008.

She is said to be a fan of Liverpool FC and has tried twice unsuccessfully in attempts to buy Liverpool.

If she is a Liverpool fan then she will know all about Rafa Benitez, and that has to be a huge advantage for Newcastle that we have Rafa currently managing the club.

Not only that but he is doing extremely well, and his relationship with the fans is just superb.

Amanda must have been impressed with the flags on display in the Gallowgate end, so the work done by Gallowgate Flags was really worth the huge effort put in over the past few weeks.

A possible Newcastle takeover seems to be building with these reports in the press, and we would assume if this story is true, then Amanda Staveley may have already taken a close look at Newcastle’s financial records.

They should be in good order.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought she brokered deals for other parties yet Ed seems to feel she herself could be the buyer.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see this happening, she’s a liverpool fan and a rafa fan – doesn’t mean she’s there to buy the toon

    Clarke made one mistake but otherwise had a good game, you have to remember that Liverpool brought on the Ox and Firmino whose fees alone were more than the whole toon team are worth combined

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    However if it does woooohooooo

  • Spoof

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    and additionally was she not supposed to be brokering a deal in the summer for a PL club with Liverpool and Spurs being cast as the likely clubs, don’t 5we were playing Liverpool, it could simply be a case of continuing negotiations for them but on neutral ground, are we ever this lucky !!!!!!!

  • The blogger formally known as OP

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t bloody believe it

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    The Scum (not a BBC captions error, just a gentle euphemism for The Sun) is reporting she was at the Stoke game as well.

    What are the odds on her thinking about buying Liverpool, Stoke, and seeing as she’s took in a few Newcastle games, she thought “bugger it, let’s see what they’re like”?


    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Benitez would be delighted if the Staveley Consortium booted Asley out of the Toooooooon. Benitez would then have the financial backing to DO A JOB for its GREEEAAAATTT supporters.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    This Stavely wife seems like a stripper to me.
    That is an asset stripper.

  • sickandtired

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Nothing new in the Sky piece. She’s been reported (all over the media|) to have been after LFC and Spurs since last year. She has been involved in 3 attempts to buy LFC since 2007 never mind the City deal.
    However, it’s not beyond possibility that she is representing different groups, interested in different clubs.

  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    it wont be long now till we see the back of Ashley
    believe me he is going
    Barnes is here for one reason only to watch over the sale

  • sickandtired

    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    @MisterTuff – you think Man City has been asset stripped???

  • The blogger formally known as OP

    Oct 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #12


    You called this a few months ago, I remember talking to you about it.

    Hope you’re right fella!

  • jezza442

    Oct 3, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    I personally believe that something has been in the pipeline for a while now with barnes sniffing about and the money saving in the summer, this could be the final stages with any luck.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Mindshaft – “Clarke made one mistake but otherwise had a good game..” erm that might have been two though – he also did a swipe in the goalmouth scramble that was supposed to go up the barracks but ended up three yards out at a red socked foot 🙂

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 3, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    If she wants LFV and Rafa, then she was there to see what it costs to get him back to LFC.

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    If shes a Liverpool supporter she might simply have gone to watch her team. After all it was Sunday -everybody has a day off. Meeting Rafa might simply have been as a fan!

  • wynsleap

    Oct 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #17

    By Hell, us Toon fans are a right doom laden bunch. We can never look at a good hopeful story without giving it 100% pessimism. Just think lads – maybe Amanda IS here to buy the club either for herself or for others. Whatever, let’s have a bit of optimism. Even if it may be misplaced!
    What we DO know is that she was at the Stoke game – and neither Kenny Dalglish or Liverpool were present on that day.

  • Dal

    Oct 3, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Its positive news that Amanda Staveley was at the match and was prepared to be photographed in public. She is an M&A advisor, a broker, she does not have her money to buy NUFC; but she is the real deal and has represented big Middle Eastern investors in the past, buying trophy assets and premiership clubs. In her business she has to kiss allot of frogs and do allot of favours like being seen to visit clubs to eventually put together a willing seller and buyer.
    Its great that we played well at the weekend and the stadium was sold out. But the financial people will be looking for what makes NUFC unique and whats the price.
    The two major pluses NUFC has is:
    Rafa Benitez who has won the champions league in the past and could do so again with the right owner
    Ashley has clearly lost his interest and enthusiasm for the business of football; hes publicly failed at it
    So cross fingers, keep filling the stadium and hope Ashley doesnt play silly over price

  • U.S Magpie

    Oct 3, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Lots and Lots of rumors in the Black and White world that is Newcastle United. So here is something to ponder. Is it better the devil you know? So yes Ashley sells the club to someone that say they will invest loads of money into the club to make it one of the biggest in Europe. Hold on, didn’t Ashley spout the same shite. Is it better the devil you know that we know Ashley will let us down? The only way she can purchase the club is to take out a loan to buy it, this will then give Newcastle the debt as an asset. So is she there for someone else or is she there for herself? I think she is there for someone else, I hope that someone else is like a Man City / Chelsea type buyer that see the clubs has awesome fans and a world class manager, these are two things that attract a buyer. They then pop in and tell Rafa, here’s 100 Million in January go and get some players for survival. Or its just all bullshit and Ashley paid her to be there to make people think someone else wanted to purchase the club to push others into a urgency scenario. Rumors, you have to love them.

  • Dondatta13

    Oct 3, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #20

    What if her little chat with Rafa was inquiring if he would return to Liverpool if she bought them!?!

  • wynsleap

    Oct 3, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    US Magpie – Your last statement proves what I said earlier. We’re doom laden.
    As for your ‘devil you know’ comment. I’d rather change that one for a new devil that I DON’T know, thank you very much. At least it would be something different to moan about from the absolutely bloody miserable 10 years we’ve had under this owner.

  • U.S Magpie

    Oct 3, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22


    I don’t think’s its Doom Laden on here, its just are we that lucky as a club to get something we really want.
    I mean for years we have listened to the stories about Ashley wanting to give the new manager everything he needs to succeed, is it not that we a used to things not happening at our club. I honestly when I saw the news thought, wow this is going to happen and we can then become the club that the fans deserve. Yes firstly I thought that and somewhere in my core I still believe that could happen. But lets be honest here, is it really wrong as fans to take everything with a little pinch of salt, I don’t think so. Lets just say its only a rumor and as a rumor it deserves both aspects of, is it true or is it not. Until the day someone actually signs on the paperwork and Ashley is seen driving away with Lee Charney running behind his car in tears, if that day comes then lets hope the devil we don’t know is an Angel of the north.

  • Worcs-Geordie

    Oct 3, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Clark is a liability in defense, lejeune will replace him next match.
    1. Nearly gifted a goal, air kicking
    2. His clearance that looped up….
    3. Shirt pulling and holding in box.. Lucky not be a pen.

    Raffia will know other teams saw this and
    will replace him.

    Chancel may go back to left back.. He was solid in our winning games.

    Thoughts guys?

  • toonlooney

    Oct 3, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Sports Direct and other Ashley companies under pressure at the mo. He needs cash. Months ago when SD was taking a hammering on stock market it was clear Ashley wouldn’t have money for NUFC transfers. Now it’s all about the money. He needs to liquidate. Expect sale soon, I think.

  • true toon

    Oct 4, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Dont understand why we would want her as an owner ? Her net worth is only 110 million pounds significantly less than MA. Unless she leads a team of middle eastern buyers who are billionaires i woulndt want her


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