Newcastle United Has Potential To Be A Giant In The Premier League

There’s an interesting and detailed report out in the National newspaper in Dubai on Amanda Staveley’s latest bid for Newcastle United.

Both parties are in deep discussions now with owner Mike Ashley taking a hands-on approach to the negotiations.

Adrian Bevington was born in Middlesbrough and he was the Club England Managing Director at the Football Association, a position he held for five years from 2010.

Adrian Bevington – incredible buzz about Newcastle as a football club and football city

The National report quotes Adrian as follows:

“Former English Football Association executive Adrian Bevington said that ‘the club has the potential to be a giant in the Premier League’.”

And this is what Bevington has said as quoted in today’s National report:

“There’s an incredible buzz about Newcastle as a football club and a football city.”

“The growth potential is there in terms of money and success both on and off the pitch.”

“Domestically, they’ve not won a trophy since 1969 so anyone who lands a trophy will be incredibly popular and lauded for eternity up there.”

“Then there’s European opportunities as well, if you invest properly in a team, we’ve seen what happened in recent years with Manchester City and Chelsea.”

Of course, Newcastle fans would already say we are a giant in the Premier league – a sleeping giant.

Rafa Benitez, with the help from the Amanda Staveley consortium in terms of both support and funds,  can wake the club up and turn Newcastle into one of the top teams in Europe.

Now, if only Mike Ashley would agree to sell the club for a reasonable price to Ms. Staveley – we could really get going.

Comments welcome.

164 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Just do it already!!!

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2


    I read somewhere today that PCP Capital Partner’ legal advice is coming from Freshfields. Wasn’t Freshfields the firm that Chris Mort was seconded from and if so, I wonder if he’s got any input into these negotiations? I suspect not as there may be a perceived conflict of interest.

    The Next Mike Williamson…..

    Seems hell bent on arguing. There’s not to argue about as far as the insights off the three musketeers are concerned. The insights they’ve provided would’ve been provided by third parties and may not be shown to be 100% accurate in the fullness of time Have you ever heard of Chinese Whispers and how a message generally gets distorted as it travels down a chain?

    As far as I and most posters are concerned, those lads posted what they did in good faith and it’s been shown to be not too far off the mark so far.

    So if you want to vent your frustrations with life, why not find a brick wall to argue with instead of trying it on here.

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    * not = nowt

  • @KeyaNUFC

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought our last domestic trophy was 1955 :S

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #5


    Have you seen this tweet?

    “Freshfields (Staveley) and Dentons (Ashley) are negotiating the #nufc takeover (ta @Barrygray5)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    I see some people worrying about the Venkys. Now assuming the new owners aren’t stark raving mad how can they possibly be worse than Ashley. Two sets of answers please. One that assumes they aren’t completely off their rockers and another list that does. I’ll start it off with List 1 Off their rockers:
    They could bring in a casino manager with zero football experience to run things.
    Hire a poisonous dwarf with no experience as a DoF to choose Rafas players……..
    Install a drunken cardiac arrest as manager and then again later as Did

    I’m struggling with the second list.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Texaco Cup:
    Winners ? 1974, 1975

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8


  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    The National is NOT owned by a Saudi Prince, although he does own a quarter of it (through International Media Investments). Personally I think the far east bit is a smokescreen and all the cash is coming from Saudi – in the Middle East (lived here 15 years), the different tribes/countries try to get one over on the other lot, with the current conflict with Saudi and Qatar (Owners of PSG), then the Saudis will want to put one over on them.

    I’ve been saying this since the first Staveley/ME involvement came up, the Saudis are backing this – could well be the next king too – as he’s locking up all his rivals….

  • jane

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    List 2 even more off their rockers

    relegation and 10 years in the lower divisions (very possible for Sunderland)
    asset stripping
    massive debt
    administration or worse
    point deductions

    could it be worse?

    so easy to argue with you Jail 🙂

  • Markaccus

    Nov 21, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11


    You missed “A complete and continued refusal to invest in the team resulting in 2 relegations in 10 years”

  • magpie6699

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    “Oh let us never, never doubt
    what nobody is sure about” (Hilaire Belloc)

  • magpie6699

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    A bit of culture which seems appropriate to all the speculation and “facts”

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Could it be the Chinese buying 80% and pcp taking the other 20%

    Just thinking of all possibilities

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Mirror is reporting pcp to come back with a one payment offer

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    No Optimistic, cos Saudi wouldn’t advertise the fact they are minority shareholders, it’s all to do with image and bragging rights.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17


    I mean pcp actually owning it, not the Saudis

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Pcp themselves could afford the 20% I believe

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    You have to laugh.

    Louise Taylor that well-known Mackem
    supporting Guardian columnist has barely
    breathed a word about a NUFC takeover
    for the last three months.


    All of a sudden she has access to the inner workings
    of the negotiations – with bulletins every couple of hours.

    this being the latest

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #21

    They probably could but this wouldn’t be in the “Owner’s Media Company” if it was the Chinese who were owning 80%?

    Could be that 80/20 Saudi/PCP with part of that being the figurehead could work, but what does Stavely know about running a footie club? Mohammad bin Salman being the owner would be fantastic.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Robert Mugabe could be leaving Zimbabwe soon
    Does he know much about footy ?

  • toonluvva

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #23

    I really, really, really would like to see the back of our current owner.

    If that involves having his god-awful merchandising plastered over St James’ Park for a couple of seasons then so be it. Get him out quickly and use the interim to negotiate with another sponsor, JD Sports perhaps?

    Once the ink has dried on the deal we get down to planning for the future of our club.

    Rafa can be granted a decent amount for transfers to strengthen the squad, and we the fans can sit back and, hopefully, welcome back the good times.


  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed should launch a comp to see how many
    different ways the bores on here can
    say the same thing.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ve been told there’s a press release/statement being made tomorrow about the bid being accepted

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #26

    I think what would give any potential purchaser
    pause for thought would be the way certain
    sections turned on Ashley in such short order

  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d be very surprised if Saudi are backing any type of deal. I see that type of talk wishful thinking, of Saudi’s were behind it then the whole pot would be paid upfront without installments and Ashley would demand that as the seller knowing fine well they’d have enough to cover it as an upfront payment.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Of course that’s just the view of a
    homophobic , racist , paid shill.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Shire – I may implode.

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Our Toon

    the press/media don’t have a clue how PCP will be paying or even how much it will
    there looking for a headline click bait if you will any garbage will do

  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ll be glad to see the back of Ashley but will be cautiously optimistic about Staveley. We have no ideas what her plans are or what investors are on board if any.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Besiktas just about to KO
    vs FC Porto in the CL
    If anyone fancies checking
    out Cenk Tosun

  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #33


    True but they’ll have sources they can utilise and pay people for information. No one knows the structure of payments but if they want to pay in installments and want assurances over relegation then that doesn’t scream Saudi money to me. Guess time will tell

  • jane

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Shire you are very well informed!

  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Selling yourself short there jib @ 28

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #36

    didn’t we win the intertoto cup in about 2012???

  • Wayayman

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Thanks Shirebrook, Hibbit and Sparky especially for their updates on this. It’s been a great comfort when the alternative is that Ashley stays, fails to give us any backing in January and Rafa walks.
    Let’s face it, that is the alternative of new owners whoever they may be. I’ll take a chance that these people are doing it to make a positive impact and not just clueless fat imbeciles who want to run it as an advertising outlet for their tat.

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Tosun is a bit quick like !
    Pigeon catcher

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #39

    HAHAHA…just checked…it was 2006 when we won the intertoto cup…where the fcuk did those 11 years go????

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Nov 21, 2017 at 5:05 PM
    Comment #36
    didn’t we win the intertoto cup in about 2012???


    The key word is

    D O M E S T I C

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