January Transfer Funds Seem The Priority In Takeover – But Ms. Staveley Could Still Walk Away

The Times had reported on Sunday that Amanda Staveley is working on what can be called a “provisional” deal to buy Newcastle with presumably the deal not closing until the end of the season at which time the price will be agreed.

If that happens it just delays the inevitable – remember the two parties cannot agree on a price at the moment.

The story was also picked up in the Chronicle as a possible break in what seem to be deadlocked negotiations.

Ms. Staveley is rightly worried about the possibility of Newcastle being relegated so it would be in her best interests to wait until May, and if we are relegated, she would just walk away from the deal.

But as a big assist to keep Newcastle as a Premier League club, she could agree to loan the club transfer funds for January – even though she would not be the owner and presumably no deal would be closed until the summer.

Amanda Staveley – possibly the new face of Newcastle

This would not be a good deal for Mike Ashley who wants to sell the club quickly – or so he says.

But he’s brought all this relegation problem on himself – by not giving the money he promised Rafa last May.

So it’s karma coming back to bite him in the behind.

It’s evident that Amanda Staveley is serious about buying Newcastle, but this arrangement would hardly be a deal other than it would seem to give Rafa more money to spend in January.

That would be good.

It would be best if Mike Ashley sells as quickly as possible – since Staveley seems to share Rafa’s vision for the club and seems willing to invest in the overall infrastructure and buy some top players too.

Everything Rafa wants to do at Newcastle.

If we understand the provisional deal correctly, there would be no agreement that Ms. Staveley would have to buy the club in the summer unless a price can be agreed.

That’s what is holding up the deal right now – although in the summer the relegation question will not be an issue.

Newcastle will either be a Premier League club and Ms. Staveley will still be interested or else the calamity of another relegation under Mike Ashley will have happened.

And Ms. Staveley will no longer be interested in buying Newcastle.

That’s how we understand what the Times reported.

The positive scenario is that significant funds are made available to Rafa in January – the manager brings in some good players, and we climb the table.

And then and Staveley and Ashley agree on a price in the summer.

That’s our best understanding of this “provisional” deal and what some ramifications are.

Somehow we don’t think Ashley will wait that long – but we’ve been wrong before.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Binney

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be amazed if this deal goes through…

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2


    You now may be proved right and there is no takeover and I apologise for foolishly hoping there would be. I always try to look on the bright side but maybe your reality and pragmatism, as joyless and uninspiring as that may be, is the way to go.

    Oh well, Soto’s takeover took 14 months, so dare I still hope.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    So basically we still no nothing…and the media is trying to solve the puzzle with a lot of missing pieces!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    I can see the blog drunk and the blog part time xenophobe slash borderline racist (feel free to add on) are finding new friendships…even with the former goldenboy!

    What a union that is. What is it they say “you can judge a person by the friends he keep”…or something like that!

    It’s a funny read though 😉

  • Singinginthecorner

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    If the deal has collapsed surely we would of heard something by now just got too keep the faith too many doom mongers on here

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems confusion over how many loan players we can get?

    If its 2 then I would go for Walcott and Slimani we need a bit of experience and both have good qualities and will be desperate for game time

    If its 4 I would try for Walcott , Slimani , Shaw and Cillensen

    Not saying we will get them mind you wouldn’t be surprised to see us go for players we were linked with in the summer as well such as Cairney who may be cheaper now

  • ascot7

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    a provisional deal will do nicely. and Stavely could bank role the transfer kitty. But bennet’s coaching is suspect ? The squad is afraid of their shadows. Are they drinking and other things ???? Do they really care for the Toon. Usually, it is fear of the sack, not the drop. if Ashley decides to agree quickly to a deal, and allow Stavely her deal, Newcastle is saved, if not; Ashley will have a big headache, with the Championship again. He has to react wisely.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Getting proper bored of everything NUFC related – nobody knows what is going on behind closed doors and unless quotes/statements from Mike or Amanda it is all pure speculation.

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Has this not been touched on before?? many,many times?
    I’m as impatient as the next guy and hope to hear something positive soon, but these reporters have nothing to go on because AS and partners want this kept quiet until everything is finalised.
    A reporter with no news to go on can be a very dangerous animal indeed.
    Hopefully we will hear something soon

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Transfer targets
    Cannot remember who did the linked with list in the summer: be canny if he/she could do one for this – probably the most important window in the Toon’s history

  • EllaGuru

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    The usual talk of every striker available being our top target is well under way.

    I would much rather we got players with PL experience who can score goals. I think a punt on Walcott and Sturridge, on a loan with option to buy would be brilliant. Both can score goals in the PL (when fit) and will be motivated as it is World Cup year.

    I think we should be looking to invest in wing backs up front in January. Danny Simpson? (OK that is very tongue in cheek)!

  • G

    Dec 19, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    I was hoping Shires ptediction of some news yesterday would bear fruit, however, I appreciate his info is 2nd hand, therefore very likely to change. Just because we haven’t heard anything yet it doesn’t mean the deal is dead. The only real facts we know are MA wants to sell and AS is interested. Any journo opinion is entirely speculative, therefore worthless.


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