Staveley Reported To Be Guest Of Rafa Benitez on Sunday

There’s a very interesting report from Arab News which talks about Amanda Staveley’s interest in buying Newcastle United, although they stress that Amanda is still interested in other clubs in the Premier League.

They report that Amanda told them last June she was looking at five different clubs in the Premier League from a financial viewpoint, with an interest to buy one of them.

But it does seem that she could have zoned in on Newcastle United as her possible choice for the purchase.

She will be the principal owner of the Tyneside club if the takeover is successful.

Rafa Benitez – knows lots of people in football

This is some of the report published yesterday in Dubai:

“Staveley attended a football match in Newcastle last weekend as the guest of Rafa Benitez, the manager, signaling her interest in a possible takeover of the club.”

“Ashley has said on several occasions that he would be a willing seller of Newcastle, which he has owned since 2007, at the right price.”

“Staveley was earlier this year linked with a much bigger deal for Liverpool Football Club, where she was marginally involved in an abortive takeover by Dubai investors in 2007.”

“She was also said to be interested in doing a deal with Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club.”

“She told Arab News in June that she saw English football as an “attractive investment,” but is believed to have grown interested in Newcastle since then.”

“A source said that there were five clubs that she was analyzing from a financial point of view.”

One the of biggest “assets” we have at the club is manager Rafa Benitez.

Rafa is very ambitious for Newcastle but that ambition doesn’t seem to be shared by Mike Ashley.

If somebody like Amanda took over the club and supported Rafa financially and essentially let him run the club from a footballing viewpoint there would be no stopping Newcastle United.

So if Rafa is involved with Amanda in that he invited her to the game that could be good for the chances of a Newcastle United takeover.

And the news on Monday was that she had met with Rafa after the game on Sunday when we drew 1-1 with Liverpool.

Rafa has contacts with many people in football presumably including those who can do deals to buy Premier League clubs.

But what we don’t know is what Mike Ashley is thinking and he could kill the whole thing by saying he doesn’t want to sell the club.

That would not be good.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Mag52…the point was I really didn’t want an unethical owner…

    …it’s just that it’s only foreign owners we are linked to…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t really like Ashley as a football owner, but in what way is he unethical?

  • giimps

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Jesper, ahem zero hours contracts, lower than minimum wage for workers, sweatshop child labor to make his goods, to name but a few

  • sickandtired

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Seems no journalists are mentioning the lass has Huntingtons disease and it’s expected to be full blown within 20 years – “effectively a death sentence”.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 5, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    The next owner doesn’t need to know much about football they have Rafa and his staff who can look after the footballing side we just need an owner who is willing to listen to Rafa and also look at ways of trying to increase our revenues !

    I mean it would be great to see an owner who splashes 400 million in a window like City but I would be happy with an owner who gives Rafa the tools and resources to grow the club with players coming through the academy but can still compete a bit like Spurs or Dortmund!

  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew
    Jan 25, 2015 at 2:47 PM
    Comment #18
    Lesh… We need to infiltrate Fatty’s organization and bring it down from within…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    giimps…I don’t know anything about paying below minimum wages…not cool of course!

    Some prefer zero hour!

    Not sure I’ll call this being unethical?

    Sweat shop child labour you say? Like all other clothes manufacturers in the Far East…well of course that’s beyond being unethical especially if he owns the companies…

    But if this is where you draw the line then who is going to buy this club?

  • giimps

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Lcbp, I agree, run the football club as a football club not as an advertising Whoreding, the right people, the right investment, sustained organic growth…….stock the academy with the likes of Merino from around the world, you only need 1-2 a season and as long as your in the prem the fees for decent players can sustain a club for years, major investment would mean we would be competing with the big boys but under this regime we don’t pay the money for top players, agents fees or wages so are stuck in the bargain bucket of his tat shop, under Rafa though…..we may find a few gems for as long as he’s here……if it’s true that Amanda Stavely was Rafa guest …….there maybe something good around the corner

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Quoting Jib…..

    ‘She [Stavely and potential investors] is said to be interested in the club in the northeast of England, believing it shares similar characteristics to Manchester City’

    Mmnn, maybe her interest’s really in Sunlun – the city? It must be ripe for total demolition and rebuilding!

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10


    While some prefer zero hour hours contracts – most would prefer to have the option which some employers don’t offer – it’s either Zero hours or no job and thus no social security benefits!

  • giimps

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree , there aren’t many ethics in big business, profit margins come before ethics and money inevitably talks….it just seems like Cashley has a history of being shall we say not a good chap.
    Like you say though……is it better the devil you know…….I for one am willing to risk it, I still have my season tickets and go to as many games as I can and would like the club to be given a more permanent injection of good will, Cashley for me won’t do that…..another owner hopefully will…..after all we as fans are the real lifeblood, the owners are merely custodians

  • Chris

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Isn’t it about time Ed wrote something about yesterday’s High Court decision concerning the HM Revenue and Customs investigation, rather than churning out these endless articles about this Staveley woman?

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    If we’re only looking at “ethical owners” the Middle East owners (through Amanda Stavely) are a no-no! Their record on human rights is abysmal and ethics is something they don’t understand.
    We will never find a totally ethical buyer so let’s get on with it!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    giimps….Ashley is definitely not a “good chap” and we have probably not seen everything yet…but I am not sure I would call him unethical or even have in his the same category as some of the other PL owners…

    My biggest problem with his ownership are:

    a) he clearly has no ambition for us

    b) he’s using us as to advertise for his tacky sweat shop

    c) he makes a mockery of Newcastle legends such as KK and Shearer just to name a few

    d) he doesn’t employ competent ppl rather the contrary

    I would love new ownership, but I don’t want to go through another MA or what could be worse and definitely don’t want to be another Chelsea and Citeh or again something worse. I am not saying Amanda Staveley or who she represents are such


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