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.
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Here’s Keith Downie’s tweet of yesterday.
Understand the relegation compensation clause remains as part of Amanda Staveley’s offer, and is one of the sticking points in the potential takeover #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) December 14, 2017
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 Physioroom.com.
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.