This Is Not Good News On The Takeover – Likely To Delay Any Deal

Keith Downie of Sky Sports, who broke the news a few days ago that Amanda Staveley had increased her bid to £300M for Newcastle, has given some additional news on the takeover and it’s not good.

Newcastle are in free fall in the league table at the moment having gained just one point out of the last 24, and in the next three games, we have to face both Arsenal and Manchester City.

We are currently just one point above the relegation zone on 15 points, and unless things change quickly, we will soon be in the relegation zone.

Sky Sports are reporting a relegation clause is still in the latest offer that Staveley has given to Mike Ashley.

Amanda Staveley – pontential new Newcastle owner

Here’s Keith Downie’s tweet of yesterday.

This is not good news because we doubt that Mike Ashley will accept an offer in which he has to give money back to PCP Capital Partners should Newcastle be relegated.

We had thought with Amanda Staveley agreeing with Ashley to have £30M for transfer funds that she had dropped that relegation clause, hoping she could quickly revive Newcastle in January with new players.

At the very least this clause could delay the deal which is the last thing we want to happen because it looks like Ms. Staveley taking over the club could bring a new era to Newcastle and some decent investment in players during January.

The other bad news is that unless things change quickly, we could be in trouble until we get reinforcements in during the January transfer window.

If no agreement is reached quickly then transfer funds during January again becomes doubtful as to how much Rafa will be given.

Some good news is that it’s the first time for a long time that Newcastle have nobody injured in the squad as validated by

That’s entirely due to Rafa Benitez and the changes he made eighteen months ago so the manager can pick his strongest side – but that doesn’t seem to be helping us too much.

Unless we can halt this slide quickly, we could be in big trouble in the league come January.

The more we keep losing, the more worried Amanda Staveley will be about relegation and the more unlikely it is for a deal to be agreed.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t blame the ‘Panda’ has any choice to put in a relegation clause because at the moment we looked nailed on

    BUT…If the Fat Controller has any sense he would give RAFA the money he wants to bring in the players he wants and ‘guarantee’ we will stay up then ensuring the sale goes through and he gets the money he buys and buy buy !!!!!!!!!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again 🙄

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Considering cAshley is a gambler,he must not like the odds of us going down, to accept that clause.Which is worrying.It’s all his fault too.

  • DjMickyg

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Dont blame them we are a cert for relagation and to be honest the more games that pass by the more baffling the team selections are getting. Is rafa wanting out?

  • DaveD1000

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Relegation clause makes sense. I wouldnt move on it Manda

  • geordiemark

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    good morning all, well you cant blame them wanting a relegation clause put into an agreement for a takeover am damn sure I would

  • Reilly

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Obviously not convinced rafa can turn this around, or they have no intention of spending big and in January.

  • geordiemark

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think Ashley has a choice but to back up rafa in January because if he doesn’t then its relegation for us really, that alone would wipe out 100million in tv money probably more, plus the asset itself would take another 140 million away, Amanda could get the club for 100 million next season give or take

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #9


    Ed really needs to get rid of that fast and furious banner. It is destroying the user experience. Every 30 seconds it blocks my whole screen.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley should accept this. Its his fault for poor decisions in the summer. He didnt want tto spend another £30m so he can lose £100m on the club. You shouldnt be rewarded for what you didnt earn.

    Squeeky bum time. If i was stavely id give him an ultimatum. Accept the clause or table another offer that is closer to his valuation no strings attached but only to go ahead in the summer if we stay up. Either way itll force the slimey bugger to invest.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #11

    I haven’t got time to stay to long but reading magscar’s comment that Rafa may have a better chance of success with Ashley rather than new owners has finally convinced me that him and slank do belong to a flat earth society.

  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Once I bought into the buyout scenario as posted by hibbit Shire and Sparky I began to think of the future ahead for us once it came to pass with Rafa at the helm building a dynasty ( a bit like Shanlky at Liverpool) which would keep us at the top for at least a decade. They were different times though where the demands and rewards were not so all encompassing.

    As the sale approaches a definite outcome and given the recent run and some fans beginng to question Rafa’s judgement for the first time, my thoughts are beginning to focus on more realistic prospects. Most if not all would agree that the club is bigger than any individual and most of us have been though many changes of owners, managers and players and stayed the course hard going though it has ben for the most. So let’s be clear a takeover will mean casualties and whilst we can easily cast out Charnely and many players it won’t necessarily end there – so be preapred for some less palatable changes if owners see them as progress.

    For me it could be an irony that Rafa having originally bought into what he and Ashley spoke of behind closed doors (notwithstanding that he later became disenchanted and no longer saw a project) and had Ashley delivered as Rafa envisaged then my dream might have become a reality in the longer term but he might now be in jeopardy before he can complete it.

    Daft as it may seem Rafa may have had the better chance of seeing the outcome of his rebuilding with Ashley’s support (rather than positioning the club for a sale as he has) than new owners looking for quick results. Not wishing it but mulling over what our future might be in the cold light of day.

    No I don’t want Ashley to stay or Rafa to go but that shouldn’t stop us beginning to turn our attention seriously to the post Ashley period

  • geordiemark

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #13

    god what a dull damp crap day in the toon it is today

  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14


    Flat earth ha ha. Sorry if speculation is too much for you to grasp.

    Just as you had an unhealthy fixation with Ashley you now have that with Rafa albeit a more loving one. You are a hopeless case.

    Keep up your one dimensional posting it is what you do best but sadly it is no more than run of the mill in the case of the wider world of NUFC and football. Without your castigating of anyone with the temerity to either see something good in Ashley or question Rafa what would you do.

  • magscar

    Dec 15, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    By the way in case Jail’s misreading of the post he refered to gathers pace I was simply musing over the possibility that Rafa with full backing as he understood it from Ashley ( way back as you may remember when he was all smiles) possibly had a better chance of seeing a longer term rebulding of the club succeed under him then any quick fix attempts by new rich owners ala Man City or Chelsea – only looking at the bigger picture.

    It isn’t Rafa’s fault that Ashley for whatever reason hasn’t carried through but it would be naive to assume that because Rafa engineered the club into a postion where a takeover was attractive the he is simply fireproof.

    New rich ambitious owners I doubt are looking at a 10 year plan with Rafa being given as much time as he needs to complete an immense rebuilding job.

  • Sav

    Dec 15, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #16

    30 million investment? The premiership
    TV payment must be more than that and well due by now. Wtf happened to ‘every penny’? If Ashley or Stavely are intent on pocketing it, then 30 million is not what I’d call ‘investment’. More like leftovers and spare change.

  • neverwin

    Dec 15, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    I have now had more than I can stand of this now.

    Well and truly pissed off.

  • WLtoon

    Dec 15, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    And the Circus carries on. Carry On Takeover . This is turning out to be a joke in which Nufc find themselves as the star players. Well im fed up of all the bullshit and rumour mongers on here. Anyone who is,nt in the cliche is shouted down regardless of their IQ. Time to give this soap opera site a miss for a while.

  • Mooneya

    Dec 15, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    This is becoming so tedious. Just get on with it . We had breaking news on sky sports Wednesday then rata stating there will be good news after the Everton match . What’s happened? Same old same old .we are in a mini league with teams below 11th place . With investment we can easily with that league even with only 1 point potentially from our next 3 games . We have targets lined up and I’m just looking forward to a bright 2018 . Exciting times ahead once the deal is complete . Look where man city are now !!!


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