Fans’ Report: Amanda Staveley Has Serious Long-Term Plans For Newcastle With Rafa At The Helm

It’s a little bit under the radar screen but has been given some exposure by the Chronicle today – a terrific and positive article by NUFC Fans United on their website here.

They say that Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners have ambitious long-term plans for Newcastle United and it looks as if they are not that worried about relegation.

Even if a disaster happened this season – relegation – they would still buy Newcastle – just at a much lower price; they are in it for the long haul.

But we don’t expect to be relegated – even though the last two months have been like days of old.

PCP Capital Partners see a sold-out stadium every home game – an incredible display of flags at the ground and a passionate fan base – one of the best in the world.

And yes – over 51,000 fans as the average home crowd when we were in the second division last season.

Rafa Benitez – could realize his vision for Newcastle with Ms. Staveley as the owner

And the report is more accurate than most of late – because they got the information by a novel way – they asked PCP Partners.

Well – I never.

Read their report because it paints a rosy picture of what Newcastle’s future could be like under Ms. Staveley.

She seems to share Rafa’s vision for the club and – as has been reported previously – she will only buy Newcastle if Rafa is the manager.

We’ve lost 8 of the last 9 games, but Rafa is going nowhere – well maybe to the very top with Newcastle United in a few years time.

The sooner, the better for most Newcastle fans.

Heres’ some of the article:

“Our understanding is that PCP have serious plans for Newcastle United; a Newcastle United with Rafa Benitez at the helm.”

“They want to realize those plans; have funds available that would bring continuous improvement to the playing squad over the next three transfer windows and beyond.”

“They do not see relegation as a threat to those plans and indeed, those plans show that they and their investors are in this for the long haul.”

“How do we know? Because we asked them!”

“Put simply, they are Ashley’s only hope if he seriously wants that clean break; selling to someone who wants to take the club forward and provide the investment needed to take the club to that next level that he himself says he cannot provide.”

And you can read the complete article here.

We need Ms. Staveley to give some transfer funds to Rafa for next month, and the deal needs to be completed as soon as possible.

Those are my two Christmas wishes for this year.

Hope Santa’s listening.


Comments welcome.

343 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    think gk has been accepted need from before the Sels Saga ha ha it isn’t mentioned much because its assumed.

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2


    i just think it’s as important to stop the goals going as scoring them
    our keepers have been making some silly mistakes lately

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    don’t think ash would sell at a much lower price if we were in the champo. he’s a have his cake and eat it type.

  • magicbus

    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Tend to agree about Ashley not selling at “ Championship rates “. He’d try to get by again spending as little as possible but still looking get back again into the Premiership.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5


    No politics, please!

  • JackButler

    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    The may want to buy us even if we are relegated but the offer would drop by over 100 million and there’s no way The Slimey One would ever consider selling while making a loss.

    Let’s hope that we can get enough quality in next month to ensure we survive then we can all line the streets and pelt Ashley with rotten veg


    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Shire,dubai mick and sparky
    Im not knockin your efforts in bringin any news you hear to us,glad to hear it actually, keep up the good work… but how do you’s know this info?..just looking for a bit background on where the info is coming from, obviously you may not be able to say names but would be canny to know something…cheers lads.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Always good to see new names posting on here. Then a jarra mick type turns up.

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Springy, for me it’s knowing a guy who has worked with Mandy in the past and still does some work with PCP.

    He’s never not been accurate inasmuch as he’s not leading the bid (not at all), so yes, people could theoretically be giving him duff info to mislead?

    Probably the most knowledgeable guy about NUFC and their (PCP) recent attempted and successful takeovers I’ve met.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Are we there yet??

  • magscar

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11


    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:58 PM
    Comment #179

    On the buying in/ loaning out debate the issue is clubs like Chelsea and Man City would rather buy in an established player(s) to go straight into their current squad/ team. Their academy players including those brought in from other leagues can go out on loan to other clubs to be developed at no or less cost to them (or even be paid for loan!) and then sold on if better potential is spotted elsewhere. Another bonus can be if playing for non top 6 sides ( as usual) they can often help take points off your rivals.

    Of course in addition hoovering up young talent mean other clubs don’t get them but will fall over themselves to help you make them better. Basically it is a win win win win win situation.

    I would rather loans within leagues weren’t allowed unless a “to buy” clause had to be part of deal.

    Of course when we are the new Man City I may have a different perspective on it

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we did actually begin to compete at that level then PL ,Sky, media and pundits would begin to denounce the whole system and calc for an overhaul just as we were benefitting.

    I know a bit paranoid but that doesn’t mean they aren’t and have always been out to get us

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    So there will not be one rich bloke owning the club, instead it will be made up of a few investors? Similar to Arsenal right?

  • Toonces

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    I think buying NUFC with Rafa at the helm is more short term thinking to get the deal through and help keep the club in the prem than long term. Rafa isn’t a technical director, he is the first team manager. Manager’s are hired to be fired. If, purely for example, Pep Guardiola called Staveley and said I want to join the new NUFC project as first team manager – then do you think she would say “No. We have Rafa forever.”? Rafa is a great asset to the club, but like players, he will eventually move on. So the long term project can’t be tied to one individual staying at the club in perpetuity.

  • JackButler

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Shit bru

    No one knows yet and until the deal is complete it’s simply guess work as to who has bought us and how much they are prepared to invest

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey jackbutler, less of your bad language haha

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Shot Bru

    simply answer no one knows who the buyer / buyers are ,
    there’s been nothing to confirm its one buyer or ten buyers

  • JackButler

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Damn it. Sorry mate didn’t see that

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Interesting article on BBC sport on who has the hardest fixtures taking in account length of time between fixtures travelling distances – worth a read

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19


    unless the plan is to make Rafa director of football and bring a young coach in ????????

  • JackButler

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Raffa will be used to get us out the mess we are in and oversee the changes needed. If the people coming in are business people only then they will definitely need his knowledge and understanding, after all he has worked at some of the biggest clubs in the game.


    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers dubai mick, good to know.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Oops meant insert fixtures over Christmas

  • Toonces

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Hibbit – yes that is a possibility as well. Just haven’t thought of Rafa in that role as one he would be keen on. I think he likes the front line but he could move upstairs. I think Stavely’s group would bring in a DofF like the fellow that just left Chelsea. I will grant that Rafa seems to have the overall vision of how a top club should run but not sure he is the man to turn NUFC into a Man City. But I would be happy with us being that NUFC that was everyone’s favorite second team during the Keegan and Robson years.

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    it was just a thought when you asked the question

  • Toonces

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Hibbit – and you made a fair point to ask that question.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I actually disagree that Rafa couldn’t take us forward with backing.

    I do think he may be struggling a bit with the lack of talent at his disposal right now but certainly has the vision and man management to take us forward.

    Unless you are one of the mourinhos and guardiolas mist too managers jobs seem more about managing players than the technical side. Luis enrique at Barcelona is a good example. Also pellegrini at city.

    Fair enough if a real top level manager was available but beneath that I don’t really see much difference between Rafa and wenger etc. Wenger would have loads more trophies if he wasn’t so stubborn and bought the players he needed when he did. Wenger has far too much faith in his projects which along with the lack of ambition in the transfer market means he is always dealing with a few want aways.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Well lets hope relegation is not an option…I am not sure Rafa will take the trip down once again if PCP is only set on buying us if he stays!

  • Little h

    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m just hoping city’s unbeaten run ends on boxing day!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I really cannot see anything about Rafa being included in any contract paperwork as plausible.
    Heavens forbid, he could have a wobbler, get knocked down by a bus etc etc – where would that leave us.

    PCP may want him to stay – but including him or any individual in the contract conditions just does not seem likely.

  • AncientC

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    I cannot see PCP buying a relegation threatened club. The sale will likely be dependent on the club staying up, in which case Ashley has to spend—if the club does not have surplus in the coffers that is. Should Ashley have to invest in the squad, he will want that money back at point of sale. That would mean that Ashley has to spend wisely because PCP are certainly not going to reimburse Ashley for flops that are not worth what he paid for them. You can see it now, Charnley trying to get value for money and messing club’s around trying to squeeze every penny. Seems like a rocky ol’ road ahead.

    On a more optimistic note though, I do believe Benitez will keep the club up, but this sale situation could be a fairly drawn out affair. How I hope I am wrong.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #31

    The great thing about PCP buying us is we don’t have to hear the argument if Rafa leaves (for whatever reason) we’ll get a Pulis!

    Senor Tuff…I think you’re right mate

  • SecretSausage

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    How times have changed.

    Thinking about getting Leicester’s 5th choice striker on loan and I’m excited.
    Thinking about loaning a young left back from Chelsea and I’m excited.
    Thinking about getting Liverpools 7th choice striker who hasn’t kicked a ball in two years on loan and I’m excited.

    Look what Ashleys tenure has done to us. Disgusting.

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    rafa must have funds available ??

  • SecretSausage

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #35

    It does make a good point though. If you look at that Liverpool forward line, each player is worth about £50m.
    Leicester have an incredible amount of riches.
    MC, MU, packed with mega stars.
    Arsenal, Spurs packed with stars.
    Chelsea, whole team worth a fortune.
    So why would a prospective buyer be interested in challenging that lot? They would need crazy amounts of money.
    I think that all bides well for this takeover. You wouldn’t fork out £300m to fight against that lot with no money to spend.
    Happy days on their way.
    Personally I think it’s all sorted and we are just waiting for the news possibly from the FA about fit and proper owner.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #36

    I think we all should be careful today in replying to any of Jib’s posts.
    You will all have seen that he posted the following earlier on this morning;-
    Dec 21, 2017 at 9:40 AM
    Comment #16

    I just ran downstairs when I heard my wife screaming.
    She was kneeling on the floor clutching her chest.
    I thought she was having a heart attack or something..
    Turns out she was just kneeling on her tits.!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • SecretSausage

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Hibbit in a months time we may be looking back and laughing at how excited we were at getting other teams cast offs!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #38

    don’t know what happened there – hang fire -post not finished.

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Mister Tuff why do you feel the need to repeat crap like that ??

  • hibbit

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    SecretSausage or looking forward to brave new world

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