There is new news in the media this morning about what Amanda Staveley has bid for Newcastle, and she says she made three bids for the club in November and the latest one – which is still on the table – is for £250M with no clauses in it.
Mike Ashley (or a source for Mike Ashley) via Sky Sports this morning has said he is not aware of this bid.
This further muddies the water and what really is happening with the takeover and what Staveley has bid for the club.
The AshleyOut have responded with a second statement to Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – it’s painful for the fans too
This is the statement AshleyOut group issued after reading the exclusive interview by George Caulkin of the Times with Amanda Staveley:
AshleyOut has this evening read with astonishment an exclusive interview with Amanda Staveley by respected journalist George Caulkin in The Times.
Ms. Staveley has stated on the record that three bids have been made for Newcastle United Football Club in various payment structures (as suggested by Mike Ashley).
This directly contradicts a Mike Ashley approved statement released by his preferred media vessel, Sky Sports News.
This is the third time Mike Ashley has tried to sell the club. This time we know that a credible buyer has tabled a number of bids via Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ex Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort – the man that worked for Ashley on his purchase of the club.
In October 2017 Mike Ashley stated:
“To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale,” the statement read.
“To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.”
Mike Ashley’s legacy of Newcastle United is of constant lies, false dawns and failure and now it is time for him to negotiate seriously with Ms. Staveley (or other serious interested parties if they exist) to allow a worthy custodian to take over Newcastle United to begin to rebuild itself as the football club we love and know it can become.
AshleyOut group will consider its position in light of these latest developments. We are fully behind Rafa Benitez and the team and hope for an excellent result at Manchester City on Saturday.
WE DON’T DEMAND A TEAM THAT WINS. WE DEMAND A CLUB THAT TRIES.
Wonder if we can get a win tomorrow?