The takeover media reports involving the failed bid of PCP Capital Partners continue today with Amanda Staveley having been interviewed in the Times by George Caulkin in an exclusive.
Amanda tries to put the record straight from her point of view, and it looks like several investors from around the world make up the organizations willing to fund the bid being led by PCP Capital Partners.
We’re not sure how this will be received by Mike Ashley, but he could be looking at this as another attempt by Ms. Staveley to get the fans on her side.
It’s unusual for somebody to go public when they are trying to buy a football club but we suppose with the deal being called off by Ashley last Tuesday, Staveley felt it was the only thing she could do after literally being attacked by Ashley in the media.
Ms. Amanda Staveley – has big plans for Newcastle
This is what Staveley told The Times.
“I’m very much still interested in buying Newcastle,” “And our bid remains on the table. I’m very concerned, I’m very surprised and I’m disappointed about what’s been said this week.”
“The suggestion that we were either wasting time or not serious is absurd. It’s hurtful. Hugely hurtful. This is something we’ve been working really hard on.
“It’s not something we’ve just thrown together. I’m putting a lot of my own capital into this and our investors, who come from around the world, include sovereign wealth funds.”
“I want to buy Newcastle – it’s hurtful and absurd to call us time-wasters.”
“This is something we’ve been working really hard on,” “It’s not something we’ve just thrown together.”
“I’m putting a lot of my own capital into this and our investors, who come from around the world, include sovereign wealth funds.”
“This is an investment, but it has to be a long-term investment,”
“Newcastle would be run as a business, but we want it to be a successful, thriving business that is an absolutely integral part of the city.”
“Where are the other bidders?” “It’s been for sale for three months.”
“Will it happen? “I don’t know.” “I hope so.”
Staveley has also said in the report she is committed to investing another £200M in the club if and when she is successful in her acquisition attempt.
That will include at least £100M for the playing squad across the next two transfers windows.
Another £100M will go towards improving the facilities such as the training grounds – which is badly needed.
£100M for players over two transfer windows is not that much these days when clubs are buying players for close to £200M, but Rafa can also sell players like Mitrovic and others and use that money to bring in new players.
Ms. Staveley shares Rafa Benitez’ ambitious vision for Newcastle, and it will be no wonder that fans encourage Ashley to sell the club and sell to Staveley and give our fans something good to look forward to.
Under Ashley, we have nothing to look forward to at all but failed promises and an unwillingness to spend big money in the transfer market.
Ashley has no ambitions at all for the club and never has.
The future for Newcastle United and our fans is with Rafa Benitez as the manager long term backed by Ms. Staveley and the groups she has put in place to buy Newcastle.
That would seem to be an excellent partnership that will give our fans what they deserve – a top team competing in Europe.
By the way, the report also ways the Reuben brothers are still on board with backing Ms. Staveley’s bid.
One last thing – we’re not sure this will be well received by Ashley, and he is a stubborn man who may now even be unwilling to sell to Amanda Staveley.
We wouldn’t put it past Ashley to do that.
What do you think about this?