Reports Staveley Has Lodged New Offer Of Over £300M – But Fears Rafa Will Leave


There’s an exclusive report in the Star today (and one in the Express) that Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley have had further talks and Ms. Staveley has tabled a new offer more than £300M.

Those two papers just so happen to be owned by Staveley’s close friend and media mogul Richard Desmond.

Desmond set up the only meeting so far between Ms. Staveley and Mike Ashley at the Paradise Indian restaurant in Hampstead in early December.

No response has been received from Ashley, and the bad news is it looks like Ashley will wait until the Premier League’s new TV deal is announced next month before making any decision.

The new TV deal is likely to be massive and could add to the value of Newcastle.

Amanda Staveley – bids over £300M

But this will not help Rafa Benitez in his efforts to save Newcastle from relegation this season, and it seems the owner is not willing to give Rafa too much money this month to strengthen the squad.

It does appear however that Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners Group are serious in their bid to acquire Newcastle.

There is also a report in the Express on the same topic, and they report there are renewed fears that if Staveley does not buy Newcastle, then Rafa will leave the club – probably at the end of the season.

Rafa cannot be a happy camper at the moment since he seems to be the only one at Newcastle who wants to ensure Newcastle will be a Premier League club this May, with Ashley again restricting the money he can spend.

That thinking by Ashley doesn’t make any logical sense at all since he will lose about £150M on the value of Newcastle if we are relegated again.

If Ashley would only agree on a deal there were reports some weeks ago that Stavely would be willing to loan the club some money for Rafa to spend this month.

That will not happen now.

Initially, Ashley wanted to sell by Christmas, but he is putting his own interests first rather than Newcastle’s by waiting for the TV deal to be announced next month.

That means Rafa will continue to struggle this month in his efforts to strengthen the squad – and that seems short-sighted at best.

If Newcastle are relegated in May, it will be the end of a dream for Newcastle fans.

We just have to hope Rafa can get a few players in this month and we can get the six wins in the 15 remaining league games in order to survive.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


23 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s the use? If we don’t strengthen this month, we are down. That’s the bottom line.

    As long as no money is available for strengthening, we are doomed.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    If Rafa leaves ? In that scenario when Rafa leaves.
    Amazon are likely to outbid Sky for the TV Rights but maybe Sky will enter a bidding war with them or some cozy arrangement to share the coverage will emerge. Either way we’re talking mega bucks, way more than current levels. If it turns Ashley’s head then he knows that if he wants to be part of that golden ticket then he really has to spend enormous amounts of money on transfers, wages, new Training Centre and infrastructure. At the same time if he needs cash to fund other business interests then he needs to sell to someone who can provide that now and let them face the lunacy of players on £250,000 a week and the transfer fees that go with it.

    The Curry House fist pump may have been no more than a ” it looks like they’re prepared to talk” and that’s exactly where we may still be – talking. Only hope is that I the interim the finances of the club have been fully scrutinised and the valuation of the club agreed.

    Ashley can’t afford to stay and play with the global sovereign funded wealth of the Middle and Far East so needs to deal. No deal leaves him with nothing but a headache.

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Tony Paskin who wrote the article in the Express
    is Chelsea through and through.
    He wrote some pretty bad stuff about Rafa when the
    Spaniard was at Stamford bridge.

    Not a pinch of salt
    but
    half a pound of best Saxa needed here

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Here we go again!

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  • JohnJ

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    The bare minimum we need is a goalscorer – that will be the difference between safety or the drop!

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  • Reilly

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    i feel like bill murray in groundhog day.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If Mitrovic plays rest of the season we are 100% safe and if the takeover doesn’t happen then so be it.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Maybe we don’t need anyone as we got a decent striker already in Mitro

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  • NI_magpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    From a business perspective, this makes sense for the Fatman to do. As a Newcastle fan, it adds to the hatred i have towards the Fatman.

    But if he is planning to do this, he needs to at least stump up a bit of cash for rafa to invest because relegation is a real possibility, and relegation = no tv money!

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Tis all bollocks; nobody knows.
    I am half expecting no signings and another relegation scrap to the bitter end. If Ashley is still the owner in June then Rafa probably shod go to save his sanity.
    But the other 50% of me thinks a deal will be done and pwrhaps one or two additions will arrive on the last day of the window.
    As I said: anyone claiming to know who isn’t in the room where the discussions are happening is lying.

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  • Yorkshire Magpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    shut up about Mitrovic he couldn’t score goals in the championship never mind the prem. he didn’t get the goals needed to keep us up 2 years ago so why would he now? i do think hes a decent player but hes defiantly not the answer to our goals problem.

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  • martoon

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib from previous ‘calm doon hinny’ – I don’t believe a word either but was simply stating one of the reasons why.

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Rozenhal – I don’t want to replay this argument again but WTF makes you think Mitro is the answer? He clearly can’t do the job particularly better than our other strikers. I think you juat want him to be good so much that you’ve convinced yourself despite all the evidence.

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14

    And yet Mitrovic scores for his National Team
    Worth a try again surely especially if no signings are made this transfer window

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    If nitro isn’t to play again why keep him on his high wages just a waste of precious money

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #16

    1st of all we would of been 2pts better off last game as I’m sure mitro would of buried one of them headers that gayle had. Not saying he is our answer to our future striking options but he is certainly better than gayle and joselu.

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  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Morning all.

    Hopefully this new story is bull because if its not rafas not going to get the money needed to keep us up. It will be a long slog till the end of the season.

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  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #18

    And this time around our team better organised especially defensively.

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    If you want to look at Mitro’s record playing for Serbia against the limes of Latvia while ignoring his poor record (in terms of goals and discipline) in the premier league, go ahead.
    I’m just glad Rafa doesn’t.

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  • padthemag

    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #20

    It doesn’t make any sense at all because if we go down he won’t get any of the new tv money so how does not spending benefit the fat c@&t

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Something doesn’t add up. But the fact that Ashley stayed on holiday into January gives some idea of the size of f**k he gives about the club. Of course it could be the other party manipulating things – she’s not daft.

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Rumours are rife around football that Rafa has held discussions with Penfold about terminating his contract, Ashley still hasn’t bothered to show up for a meeting.

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    I heard rumours that they’re hiring Jacob Zuma to replace Charnley.

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