Amanda Staveley Unlikely To Buy Newcastle Soon – So What Options Does She Have?

Amanda Staveley wanted to buy Newcastle this year, so she had enough time to furnish manager Rafa Benitez with significant funds to bring in new players this month.

The latest offer reported in the Times seems to be for £250M and would be only £50M short of what Mike Ashley wants for the club.

The Times and others are reporting they believe Ashley would sell for a straight £300M and that would allow him to get the £262M back that he has invested in the club.

But it’s now only 25 days until the month-long transfer window will open on New Years Day, and it looks doubtful that Staveley can do the deal before even the end of January.

She could continue negotiating with Ashley and do a deal later than January and by then it should be clearer about Newcastle’s possible relegation.

Given that Staveley does not have time to buy the club and invest in new players in January she has an option to call off the negotiating and wait until the summer.

Amanda Staveley – will she walk away from deal?

That would solve her problem about Newcastle’s possible relegation.

If the Magpies are still in the top tier, she could buy Newcastle and have plenty of time to give Rafa Benitez both a new contract to keep him at Newcastle and some significant transfer funds to bring in some very good players.

That would seem a good option for her – other than just walking away from her interest in buying the club – or keep plodding on.

Of course, the best option is that she can agree on a deal now and have time to invest in the squad in January – but we don’t think that will happen.

One problem with waiting for the summer is that Mike Ashley seems to want to sell the club now and he may change his mind by next May especially if Newcastle have done reasonably well in the Premier League by then.

But that delaying move by Staveley would leave Newcastle exposed to relegation since it’s unlikely that Ashley will give Rafa decent funds to spend in the January transfer window.

He should be keen to do that to keep the potential sale of the club alive to PCP Capital Partners group.

However,  he has never shown much football wisdom in the past.

It would be a gamble for both Staveley and Newcastle United FC if she was to wait to buy the club.

And she may not want to do that, and as we all know Staveley could simply walk away.

That would break the hearts of Newcastle fans everywhere.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    The pendulum has defo swung in Ashley’s favour
    At the getgo his lawyer said if there was no deal in
    place by January , funds would be provided for Rafa.
    With a couple of decent buys and loans Rafa will
    have us back up the table by March.
    Regardless of what folk say on here , Ashley’s price is
    fair and other buyers could be interested by Spring.
    So if Amanda is serious she’d better get her finger out.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Jimmy…we have been sitting 7 and it didn’t get the club sold quickly!

    I am standing by my last paragraph in my previous answer ?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I just wonder if Ashley has to throw money after Rafa in January to keep us up will he then add that to the price tag in the summer?

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #4

    what happens if that doesn’t work and we go down
    that would be a massive gamble on Ashley’s behalf

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Jesper it won’t have to be
    Ashley will have gotten £100m +
    from the PL

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    I think his deluded nature will eventually be his downfall…

    …there’s no going back for Ashley now! The fanbase won’t have it…

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7


    Ashley was that sucker, a brand new paper billionaire.
    most other billionaires seem to be quite smart and also a little dodgy, there always shafting someone and it’s nearly always the little guy.

    But i also get that he doesn’t want to leave any money on the table, i wouldn’t want to, regardless if i had made mistakes or not.

    he knows that if someone pumps money into NUfC it could be huge, and there isn’t many clubs left that this can be said of.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper we were sitting 7th for one week at the very earliest stages of negotiations. If we were still there now, 6 matches later, surely you’d accept an agreement would have been that much more more likely. We’ve fallen away, Staveley is now understandably twitchy, but Ashley won’t bite at a low ball offer. This has a ways to go.

  • ArtyH

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Is this reasoning correct? The EPL will give clubs around £100m at the end of the season, so if Mash keeps us he gets the money, and not much goes into the club….Stavelely buys us and pays say £300m and gets £100m back next season. If bought out there should be decent funding, better than we have had at least, so I would think the extra £50m paid would be money well spent to get rid of an abscess on our club. If only…..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy…true, there could always be another sucker out there just like Ashley…but lets hope he’s nothing like Ashley 🙂

    I can understand why he would like to profit on the club…but maybe he should have thought about that many moons ago…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy…my point is actually I don’t think it meant anything really. Ad long as the buyer wouldn’t have a relegation fight and would be able to strengthen the team…

    It will be the same next summer.

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    I wish Ashley would sell up but I don’t think 300m is unfair.
    But I do think if he’s made to wait until next summer and we’re still in the Prem he will bump his price up even further…….here’s hoping it never comes to that

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 6, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    It will only be the same if we aren’t stronger. But it is of course very likely we will be stronger next term, and more saleable at a higher price once we have secured our epl place. This run of form is a spanner in the works, but it doesn’t mean the deal is dead, or that Ashley won’t ultimately get near his valuation. Just makes a deal now quite unlikely.

  • lesh

    Dec 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    If it’s the legals that’ve been talking for the last six or so weeks, what are they talking about? Things don’t seem to have progressed.

    Could Ashley be stringing things out in the hope another bidder shows up?


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