Here’s A Positive View Of Newcastle’s Current Situation

66-year-old Peter Withe was born in Liverpool, and he played for Newcastle from 1978 to 1980, and the striker was very popular with the fans.

Peter has been talking about Newcastle’s current predicament, where there are some doubts about Newcastle being able to stay in the Premier League this season.

There are also growing doubts about whether Amanda Staveley can wrestle the club away from owner Mike Ashley via a takeover.

The latest news in a nutshell on the takeover is that it’s a stalemate with Mike wanting at the very least £300M for the club and Amanda willing to offer only £250M.

Peter Withe – while at Newcastle 38 years ago

Peter has talked about Newcastle’s current situation as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“Rafa has done brilliantly, he is a very experienced manager.”

“If they can keep him, give him a few bob in the transfer window and let him make a few signings, then there is no reason why they can’t kick on.”

“It’s obvious that they aren’t going to be competing with Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City.”

“I would like to think he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League.”

“I have seen them play and they’ve lost games they should’ve won and they’ve won games they should have lost.”

“They need consistency and if Rafa can bring that, there is no reason why they can’t survive in the Premier League.”

“I think it’s always a risk that a club can be destabilised when takeover talks happen,”

“It happened at my old club Aston Villa. “New owners came in and people wonder just how much they will change.”

“It really has an effect on the club as a whole.”

“But the most important thing in a football club is what happens on the pitch. Get it right on the pitch and everything goes right.”

“I would like to think that the club, whether it’s the current owner, or a new owner, will carry it forward.”

“They got promotion and they did well to do that, but now they have to build,”

“People talk about needing £50M to spend, that’s nothing now sadly.” “Look at Manchester United, they spent £89M on one player.”

“You have to get your scouts, they have to be top-notch and they have to find the talent.”

“Leicester City did it and Newcastle have to do the same thing.”

That’s an excellent point about Leicester City because they didn’t spend a fortune like Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs to win the Premier League.

They had a good experienced manager and several very good players, and that’s the route Rafa can take to make Newcastle great again.

Once we are in the upper half of the table, it will also be a lot easier for Rafa to attract better players.

If only we can survive this season and hopefully starting winning some games now.

One last point – Amanda – where are you?

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11 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    I think the deal will happen but it’s now a game of who blinks first and neither side wants to lose. Even if the deal isn’t done in time to affect the January window then loan deals could be what saves us until the summer

  • Slank

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2


    I very much doubt she is buying it for her self. The organisation she represents doesn’t buy football clubs, principally because they rarely, if ever, make a profit.

    Her aim is to make money for herself and PCP. Beyond that she has no interest in our club and probably couldnt care too hoots what happens to it after she pockets the dosh.

    The real mystery is whom is she representing and why the names have not appeared in public.

    It would worry me if it is a group of wealthy individuals who in their own right don’t have enough disposable wealth to buy the club for themselves. In my opinion this would be worse than our current situation, and that is saying something. I would welcome any single individual or sovereign state to buy our club as the buck stops with them and not with some consortium who could disagree amongst themselves and squabble over extra funding. This has happened in other business situations.

    Don’t believe what people are saying about Staveley being in a strong position. Ashley holds all the cards. There is a finite number of Premiership clubs and few, if any beyond Newcastle are up for sale. Supply and Demand economics will prevail.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    And Leicester had someone who could score goals!

  • martoon

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    For what it’s worth I actually think it is quite a good sign that things have gone quiet about the takeover which seems to suggest to me that they are getting close to agreement and don’t want to release any information that would jeopardise the deal. If one of the parties had walked away from the deal then I’m sure that would have got out.
    All these articles quoting sources close to the negotiations are just speculating – anyone of us could write a similar article using Sparky, Shire & Hibbitt’s information and then quoting sources!

  • Wayayman

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Sanchez? With Ashley we’re more likely to get Lawrie Sanchez. As manager.

  • hibbit

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    could possible be some truth in that if there was more than one buyer.

    but even if there were other buyers two other factors weigh heavily against Ashley the tax problem and the real threat of relegation

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7


    i’m sure i read amanda would have a place on the board

  • Spoof

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8


    If there are billionaire backers then why are they quibbling over what appears to be £50m or so, to me and you that is a lot of cash but in PL terms it’s one good player, and this tax thing is something which they will probably have knowledge of anyway, the likely fines would probably be known to them now, or an idea would be known to them, and the fear of relegation could be significantly eased in the January window.

    I admire your optimism I really do, sadly I fear that it is misplaced as a deal now looks unlikely.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 7, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Perhaps, just perhaps the potential buyers are negotiating a settlement deal with HMRC if there is reason to do so – this would avoid future litigation either way and remove that carbuncle from negotiations to buy the club. This would also avoid any future dispute with either HMRC or Ashley regarding Players Rights and payments if that’s the root cause of the matter. This would ensure clearwater for all concerned in finalising the deal. This may just be taking some time but once concluded then there are then no obsticales to the takeover.

  • Sav

    Dec 7, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Amanda has proposed to Mike and he has accepted. Now we’re all going to live happily ever after.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m with Martoon on this
    There’s someone who wants to buy
    meeting with someone who wants to sell.

    The timescale was all media speculation
    In fact as early as October Ashley’s
    lawyer saw fit to mention the transfer
    window pledging funds for strengthening
    if the talks stretched out.

    It’s all very exciting talking about Mexican
    stand – offs and who blinks first loses.
    But that’s just bollix


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