Some New Developments Emerge In The Potential Sale Of Newcastle

The Times reported recently there are as many as four consortiums currently interested in buying Newcastle United FC and three of them have been conducting due diligence looking at the financial records and having already signed a non-disclosure agreement.

There has been a lot of news surrounding 44-year-old Amanda Staveley since she attended St. James’ Park for the game against Liverpool.

She is the Senior Partner at PCP Capital Partners which is located in Park Lane, London and she is interested in potentially buying Newcastle.

But she is is the only one of the four bidders who has not done any due diligence on Newcastle’s books, according to a report in the Mirror today, which is a bit of a surprise if that is true.

Mike Ashley – current Newcastle owner

Staveley is reported to have opened talks with Liverpool FC which is probably one reason she was at St. James’ Park to watch Liverpool and informally meet with their officials after the game, but she’s still said to be interested in possible buying Newcastle.

She met with Rafa Benitez after the game, and we thought that was to see if he was willing to stay long-term at Newcastle if she was successful in buying the club.

But maybe it’s was (also) to ask if he would consider returning to Liverpool as manager if she was able to buy the Merseyside club.

Some things are working towards Newcastle being sold quickly and possibly by the end of the year:

  1. One is that Mike Ashley would like to sell quickly since he doesn’t want to invest any more money into the club in January.
  2. The buyers will want to complete the deal before the end of the year so that they can provide transfer funds to Rafa Benitez to significantly improve the squad as much as possible in January.
  3. The Premier League TV rights deal is currently being negotiated for the next three years starting in the summer of 2019.
    It’s expected to top the £5.1B of the current deal, and there will be even additional funds such as those for the streaming rights for the games.
    That could put the price of Newcastle up because of the increased future revenues of Newcastle – so any buyers will be keen to buy Newcastle before February.

The other three consortiums other than Amanda Staveley would seem to be ahead of PCP Capital Partners in the process of buying Newcastle.

And if we were to hazard a guess we’d say one of those three could buy Newcastle before Christmas, and they could be Chinese.

What we need is for any new owners to be everything Ashley was not.

Ambitious and willing to invest significant funds into the club, but let Rafa run Newcastle from the football side of things and recreate the club in his own image.

And even though Amanda Staveley is getting all the attention at the moment she may lose out – especially since she is trying to buy Liverpool for a third time – for a price said to be a massive £1B.

£380M is supposed to be the latest price on offer for Newcastle United, and that’s a lot less than £1B.

Some would even say it’s a much better deal given the enormous potential of Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

66 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Three other so called buyers, im starting to think they dont exist

  • geordiemark

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    what do i think well here goes, sick of hearing about it, if it happens it will happen its the club i am bothered about and how the team are playing that concerns me the most

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Some would even say it’s a much better deal given the enormous potential of Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez.

    What do you think?

    I think Liverpool are a much better buy , with their worldwide appeal.
    Amanda Staveley is a fan and she was born much closer to Tyneside
    than Merseyside.


    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Heard it all before, wouldnt be surprised if its one of Ashley’s twisted schemes to get at fans

  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    I still don’t see why Ashley can’t say to a potential buyer :’ this is the price plus any transfer fees I need to pay in the January window to improve the team.’
    Surely any reasonable buyer will agree it’s in everybody’s interests for the team to get better, especially as it will be Rafa who will be choosing the target transfers.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Consortiums or Consortia? Hmm.

  • Thump

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Me and the lads at work had a whip round and offered Farman £20, so there’s only actually two other consortiums.

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8

    the plural of consortium is consortia, not consortiums.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope we don’t get someone just looking to buy and sell us in 2-3 years when the value goes up. We need someone with a plan for the future, and that means investing in our academies. They are currently diabolical – at least ten years behind the likes of Everton, Southampton, West Ham and the big 6.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    What a load of rubbish. The joys of the international break..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Usually it leaks out when someone is interested in buying the club…a bit like with Amanda Staveley…even though she supposedly wants to buy Liverpool!

    …but nothing has leaked?

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12

    The next Mike Williamson

    Ashley has admitted his original thought was
    to flip NUFC and make a quick killing.
    I think his lack of d/d scuppered that plan
    and he got stuck with us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13


    As it happens a few of my mates put £30 together whilst we were down the pub t’other night and made Ashley an offer, so that leaves just one other consortia.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    So me and Thump aren’t leeks.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #15

    This is all old news Edd and no potential new news

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Im worried about amanda stevely stealing rafa. He does have a weak spot for them.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s just that it always seems we are up for sale and “someone or some consortia” are interested when Ashley needs the attention brought on something else…you know January can be an expensive month when you have a WC manager like Benitez

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Shadow…it’s not like Klopp is a great manager 😉

  • Christopher Asprilla

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    There is another very frightening but enthralling piece from Sunday’s Mirror. This time it shows the extent HMRC think our owner and Chairman are a pair of thieves and crooks. Wait for it £560 million worth of transfers could have been done fraudulently in the last ten years by Newcastle! Now that’s every one since fat lad took over. This case will not be brought into public light for at least a year and the consequences unknown but a massive fine and Charnley used as scapegoat with maybe a five to ten point reduction would be my guess. Now this all sounds real doom and gloom stuff and believe me it will be if those two criminals are still in control but here is where I finally get to the point. For the first time and this is from the Newcastle side of the Atlantic the fans can sense Ashley has had enough and the more these reports come and the more mud that’s being thrown the quicker you can see Ashley withering. Never again will he be getting a bid anywhere near what he’ll probably receive in due course and he also knows that if Newcastle go through another window without recruitment Rafa will walk and the clubs price would tumble along with crowd unrest and team disillusioned. Therefore even if Ashley could only agree part sale till the end of the season with contracts to sell the rest of his shares in the summer Newcastle could be free to drink from the new well and start signing some real Rafa players. Now where this “well ” comes from and how deep it is well that’s the million dollar question. We prey for Staveley and the Middle Eastern riches but with Liverpool also on her horizon that could be a dream to far. Or could it ? Middle Eastern reports are fairly sure she wants Newcastle for herself and will be in control before January and who’s to say she doesn’t want Newcastle for herself and Liverpool for another firm . Every other time she approached Liverpool it was for another bidder Everbright a Chinese firm being the last one . Well we can but dream . The thing is though that whoever buys Newcastle will not be buying it cheap. It will be the biggest sale of a football club seen in Britain since the Glazers bought Man United so whoever they are their going to be there going to be no idiots. The more serious non disclosures signers are looking mostly of Chinese origin at least one is with other reports claiming two. Who’s to say Everbright aren’t trying to buy Newcastle this season when they failed at Liverpool last year. The point I’m making is there will be a clean slate with well groomed books. That’s all we would be able to thank Ashley’s crew for but it would be enough. If some consortium inject 200 million into us over the next two years who better to spend it than Rafa . Bring on the takeover whoever you may be . Neigh Sayers say beware but believe me nothing could be worse than these plastic cockney gangsters. The only worry is I think if Staveley gets a club and it’s not Newcastle she may approach Rafa. She absolutely adores him and her tickets for the Liverpool and Stoke games supplied by one Mr Rafa Benitez. God all I want for Christmas is Staveley and Benitez at Newcastle. I’d be such a good boy . Good times could be coming Geordie boys here’s hoping HWTL!!!

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I think it’s a Chinese consortium comprising
    Bert Kwouk
    Tom Wu
    and Andy and his brother from the King Neptune in Stowell Street

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    More words in that comment than the article!

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Burt Kwouk
    died last year (aged 85)

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #23

    More words in that comment than the article!

    Steve Wraith was always gobby

  • beermonkey

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #24

    have we spent 560millon tranfers in the last 10 years i would think were a long way from that
    still has the word mirror at the top so not going to bother even if the blog is slow

  • posada

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #25

    You need to get out more or find a hobby.
    Or both.

  • hibbit

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Christopher Asprilla
    very good post with very solid thinking behind it ,
    I’ve been saying for a good few months that the club is now at the top of the market i’m sure Ashley will be gone before January i’m also sure Rafa is privy to whats going on and that why he stayed
    excellent post Christopher very well put together

  • lesh

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27


    If you were a prospective buyer, wouldn’t you let it be known that NUFC wasn’t the only possible target? I’m sure I’d be keen that he’s in a buyers market so he shouldn’t be too greedy otherwise he’d be stuck with us – heaven forbid!

  • beermonkey

    Oct 9, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #28

    hibbit ( is it really you?? )

    i think rafa has had a bit of a spring in his step for while now
    i think we know why

  • hibbit

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #29

    beermonkey……….. yes its me !!!!!!!!!!!

    think Rafa knows a lot more then we do he knows he has a strong hand him still being at the club is worth a fortune to Ashley

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Asprilla – interesting theory.
    What is your position re the following:-

    Elvis Presley was seen a few years ago working in Woolworths in Glasgow.

    Lord Lucan is operating horse rides for the kiddies in the summer on the beach at Bournemouth. One of his
    horses is Shergar.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #31

    mr tuff

    i heard that about lucan. nowt so queer as folk eh!

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Woolworth went into administration 2008
    the last store closed in the UK January 2009
    I would suggest Elvis Presley was seen somewhat
    more than a few years ago

  • 9

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Some sensible thoughts from CA@16, but one really vital omission. “A clean slate with well groomed books” – er, no, not quite. Our books were seized by HMCR, our appeal against that has failed, so we now live under the shadow of fines/points deductions/relegation (who knows? – certainly not me) – this is a material impediment. You would have to be gambling to purchase these unknown liabilities. No doubt the current owner has washed his hands of the whole NUFC and, crystal clearly, wants OUT big time. He doesn’t want a part sale, he wants OUT. The HMCR is a killer; virtually everything else about the NUFC is mouth-wateringly attractive for someone who wants to get stuck into the EPL, and it is pretty obvious there is a pretty powerful list of such monied gentlemen: the EPL is such a honey pot if you have an obscene amount of money and an interest in professional football. £380m would represent a giant bargain, IF the bottom line were known, but, sadly, it isn’t and can’t be until HMCR in their own good time find us guilty of whatever corrupt practice we have – allegedly -been found out over; or’ alternatively, tell the whole world they are chumps and have been wasting everybody’s time, beacuse NUFC are as pure as the driven snow. You can make you own mind up on that one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Good post Asprilla, here’s hoping. I read today in one of the rags that the tax inspector has called Churnley untrustworthy with a history of deceit!
    Also in the papers, The Liverpool Echo on pages 42&43 Is a big headline asking has Klopp passed his two year progress report. They asked 13 different Liverpool fans what they thought, none of them, not one said they wanted rid of him and wanted Rafa back.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #35

    What a crying shame the papers are saying Newcastle have done this and Newcastle have done that when it is clearly a group of crooked men who only work for the club that have allegedly done it.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Hibbit my good mate you putting your neck on the chopping block again you said we would get players in the last window and now the club will be sold mmm hope your well

  • lochinvar

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Mister Tuff@24
    You’re right about Lucan and Shergar but way off the mark with Lucan as Woolworths had closed while he was looking for a job. Fortunately he found one on a Zero Hours contract at Shirebrook for Sports Direct. He hasn’t been seen since.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ll try that again
    Mister Tuff@24
    You’re right about Lucan and Shergar but way off the mark with Elvis as Woolworths had closed while he was looking for a job. Fortunately he found one on a Zero Hours contract at Shirebrook for Sports Direct. He hasn’t been seen since.

  • 9

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail@28 – That’s the way the world works, mate.The organ grinder (MA) and the monkey (LC) have done all this, whatever it turns out to be, in the name of NUFC and no other, We’ll (NUFC) have to take the rap, whatever and whenever.

  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Just a passing thought – If potentially we could have points deducted/be relegated then surely any buyer worth their salt would rather wait and see what happens?
    Also with every passing day the price would surely be lowered in order to make the club more saleable IF Ashley is as desperate to be out as people say?
    All the same I won’t be getting my hopes up, we have had too many false dawns in the past only to be shat on from a great height…


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