Two Updates On The Takeover Today – Staveley Interested Whatever Happens This Season

There are two pieces of news on the Newcastle potential takeover today – one is in the Times, and the other is in the Mail.

It seems that Staveley is not only trying to set the price of Newcastle if we remain a Premier League club but also what the club would be worth if we are relegated.

This would suggest that even if a catastrophe happens and we are relegated again, Staveley may still want to buy Newcastle as long as Rafa remains as manager.

She could pick the club up cheaply in that case and as long as we could get straight back up she would have  a bargain on her hands.

Of course, fans don’t want that to happen, and it would be almost unbearable to be down below again – we went through all that last season, and it was very tough.

The news in the Mail is that the two parties are still arguing on price and the relegation clause – but still talking.

And Staveley believes Newcastle’s value would drop by £125M if we are relegated.

Ms. Amanda Staveley – could become the new face of Newcastle

That sounds about right, so if we are worth around £250M now – it would be half of that if we are relegated.

It could be that Ms. Stavlehy wants to pay Newcastle what the club is worth if we are relegated and alternatively give Mike Ashley a bonus payment next May if we stay up.

That’s not what Mike Ashley wants to hear.

It’s hardly surprising the Mail reports this is a major stumbling block in the negotiations.

They report the threat of relegation isn’t putting Staveley off buying Newcastle, but she wants that included in the offer since it affects the valuation of the club.

The Times today have reiterated that Ms. Staveley sees manager Rafa Benitez as an integral part of her future vision for the club.

If Rafa is somehow fired – she would walk away from the deal – so Rafa is absolutely key to the takeover – but we already knew that.

Our major concern, as we wrote earlier today, is that this thing could drag on for months and be a dark cloud over the team as we try to survive in the Premier League.

We need the winds behind us to survive this season – not growing headwinds – which seems to be the case at the moment.

We are hoping Mike Ashley’s reign at the club will soon be over and we can all heave a huge sigh of relief.

Comments welcome,

30 comments so far

  • JohnJ

    Dec 20, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Sell Mr Ashley and the sooner the better!!!

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Paranoid i may be but it seems very convenient that Keys chooses this particular time to have a rant and give Ashley his backing

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll be relieved once Mitro and Mbemba are sold/moved on.
    Though, no doubt, certain posters will still be ranting on about them, many full moons down the line!
    And, of course, Kets 11 will still include them, Abeid, Santon, Marveaux and Shefti Cuckoooooooo! 🙄

  • Singinginthecorner

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    They think getting rid of the best manager newcastle have had years is the answer short memories they all do have bad players are making rafa a bad manager

  • martoon

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    How many times do we have to re-iterate the same point?
    Rafa was told he had a certain budget and bought Murphy as the first piece in a jigsaw. Then the club sale was announced and Rafa’s transfer budget was slashed significantly which then left him scrapping around in the bargain basement trying to find a striker and Joselu was the best of a bad bunch. I’m sure if Rafa had 20 – 20 hindsight and knew that Ashley would break his promise then he would have used the Murphy money on a striker as well!

  • one fine day

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Bus missed
    Do you ever and I mean have anything positive to say about a team you claim to love ?
    You along with hail wor Ashley and catchy are the main reason I no longer bother much with thus blog and never on match days after reading some the utter bile getting posted ,even when we’re winning games .
    As the glass empty / full things goes would you even have a glass ?
    You must have Samaritans on speed dial
    No manager is ever above critisism by Christ man it’s like you and Munster simply will a defeat or an early goal to spill your guts and demand his head .
    Who would you have to replace an elite coach. And someone who has pretty much re United this club from what he walked into .
    If anyone has the right to say Get @@cked about his shoddy treatment it’s actually Rafa .
    But he didn’t he stayed with us and kept his part of the deal.
    Maybe just for once we should show him the same courtesy …or are you happy to see tony pulls in the dugout ?
    Jarra mick exactly what would you have used the money ( sweet f a ) for back in May with a massively inflated market ?
    Even with the benefit of hindsight ?
    I am all ears ……

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Mitro, Mbemba sold/loaned.
    Pirlo loaned back to the unwashed.
    Darlow sold/loaned.
    Gayle sold.
    Can we smuggle Diame in one of the above’s luggage?
    Frees up 4/5 squad places for the incomings.
    Need an experienced keeper who can distribute the ball. Casilla(S)??
    David Luis on loan!
    Ings/sturridge loan to buy
    Gareth Bale 😆

  • Singinginthecorner

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    one fine day
    Good points.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9
  • geordiemark

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    if I were mike Ashley id snap her hands off at 250 million, look at it mike you wont get a better offer and if the club gets relegated bang goes 125 million and what you left with then so mike take the money and run that’s a good little barrow boy

  • Jib

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11


    Key’s dislike of Benitez is well known

    He come out now because Keys is a shitbag
    and likes to have a pop when he senses
    Rafa is down

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa Benitez – 25 August 2017:

    “I am signing the players that I can, not the players that I want.”

    Rafa Benitez – 6 August 2017:

    “When I decided to stay I was expecting another thing… Now we are where we are.’

    Rafa Benitez – 17 July 2017:

    “When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley (in May) I was confident that after that meeting we have the money available and the wages.

    “Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.”

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13

    One Fine Day – Apparently one of them got into SJP, the other day and was abusing Rafa from behind the dugout!

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    On the upside, I used to think I was a glass half empty sort of guy, until I read some posters’ comments on here 😀

  • geordiemark

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15


    when has Ashley ever kept his word about anything, all he has ever done at the club is take money out of it and has had over 10 years of free advertising to a company he doesn’t even fully own now theres a thing eh, he owns 51 or 52% of tacky direct I bet you money hes charged them advertising for over 10 years

  • toontaff2

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit @12, can you translate Rafa’s words, please? For the crew 💡

  • DanishMagpie

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    We are seriously craving some good news.

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    they were quotes directly from Rafa
    please read again !!!

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #19

    is that not what i said !!
    Keys was just trying to stir the shite for his so called mates and associates

  • geordiemark

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20


    yeah I know, was just harping on about how much Ashley has conned the club over the years 🙂

  • one fine day

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #21

    By 3.10 on a match day befour I jacked in I felt positively euphoric in comparison

  • Jib

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22

    NO it’s not what you said !!!!
    You inferred it’s some kind of
    of Keys plot to support Ashley
    Keys dislikes Rafa for whatever reason
    Has done for ages long before his
    association with NUFC.
    There’s enough conspiracy theories
    around thanks very much

  • Christopher Asprilla

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    The bottom line that everybody should be taking here is that Staveley is still interested if we go down. People on here need to stop losing their heads, running around like headless chickens conjugating adjectives for how they feel. Stop berating Ashley because he ain’t reading these sights boys and girls . Face it.
    Simple facts being simple facts here. Staveley wants the club as long as Rafa is there. We know now that Ashley really is serious. Both parties are that keen to get a deal done that it’s trying to be done at an impossible time when the true value of the club cannot be seen. All that means both Staveley is dying to buy and Ashley is dying to sell. That’s good and the public meeting that was surely leaked purposely in my opinion to try to quell fears surrounding fans that a deal would be done. You just have to look at the quality of players we’re being linked to at the minute to show that a major change is going on backstage. The price will not be agreed till the day Newcastle get 40 points (hopefully) but the snake and the princess will contrive a plan to at least give Benitez the best possible chance. Too much money depends on it!?! David Luiz, Sturridge,Slimani and Aboubakar this morning. Do they sound like Ashley signings? Or do they sound like Benitez choices? Make your own mind up boys and girls. In my opinion we’ll see major loans and maybe one or two new signings. We need a result before January and a West Ham away win could see a swing for the lads. Out of the bottom three and only a certain City to play then two months of winnable games and new faces to fight them with. Chin up bonny lads and lassies we’re Geordies and we’ve always been up for a fight! Stop losing your heads and let nature take its course. Unless Ashley has some major breakdown he’ll be gone soon.

  • Geordie-john

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN FOR THE HILLS CASHLEY ! Or wherever it is that you normally hide. Then you can pay your mate Dick Keys for his show of support towards yourself. Either that or DICK is REALLY deluded from brown nosing other people over the years.
    Here we go again ! It’s all down to money. Now there’s a surprise !
    Why can’t you just look at the deal as it is now and stop trying to see how much more you can squeeze out of it. We are gonna be relegated AGAIN through you’re penny pinching attitude you idiot. Even if you sold the club for £250m you will have still made a profit taking into account the transfer activity over the years.

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib that’s how you interpreted it
    still think its very convenient to have another rant now when his so called mates and associates need all the backing they can get

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26

    I inferred it was some kind of Bishop plot to support Ashley

  • magicmac54

    Dec 20, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Christopher Asprilla, that is a first class post, and i totally agree with everything in your post, your obviously a level headed fan and you know what your talking about, i think its best to keep the faith and with luck this nightmare ownership of Ashley will be over in the near future, the darkest hour is the hour before dawn. HWTL.

  • ArtyH

    Dec 20, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Christopher Asprilla my thoughts exactly, very well put. Just to add, I would take relegation again just to get rid of the sake who now owns us. At least we could start again as opposed to just existing as a shell of a club with fictionalised support ie for or against the owner. I have never been back to the ground for years as I cannot in all conscience give money to feed that leach, its the only way I see it. I support the team and club in every other way I can but paying money is definitely not one of them, I see it as prolonging the agony, its MHO and nothing will change my mind on that score.

  • Chris

    Dec 20, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    I think Rafa is to blame for quite alot of what’s happening. The players he’s brought and the tactics he’s used. He should play Shelvey and Merino more together rather then defensive. Let’s hope he gets a decent number 10 a winger and striker in January. Letting Krul go was a bad move too. The positive about Rafa is he’s sold about £15-20 million more than he’s brought in so Ashley is to blame for this

  • jarra mick

    Dec 20, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Good managers get the best out of what they have available through good coaching and tactics, look at Sean Dyche. Rafa only knows one way- spend, spend, spend.
    He is being proven to be out of his depth without huge money available. Bring back Hughton!!!


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