Amanda Staveley has countered Mike Ashley’s statement yesterday in the media via her own exclusive interview today with well-respected George Caulkin of the Times.
She details three bids she has made for Newcastle and the one on the table is £250M with no clauses – an upfront cash payment as we understand it.
Ashley has countered this on Sky Sports this morning via that well- known “source” of his – saying he knows of no such offer.
So somebody isn’t telling the truth here.
It seems this thing will now be played out in the media, but that’s not good because Newcastle have a relegation battle on our hands and we must support Rafa and the players 100%.
Rafa Benitez and the fans – this is the new Newcastle
Distractions like this are not good as we found out when we were relegated back in 2009.
And of course Ashley will lose this media battle since the Newcastle fans want an aggressive and ambitious owner and Amanda Staveley seems to be exactly that.
In her Times interview she has said how important manager Rafa Benitez and the passionate Newcastle fans are to her “project”:
This is some of what she has said in the Times today:
“We want Rafa to be part of this project.”
“That passion of the fans is vitally important when you’re looking at a club because you know that you’re a custodian.”
“I’m also a passionate believer in investment in the northeast, because I know it’s tough.”
“A lot of great things are happening in the city — we’ve got friends, like the Reubens, who have invested there — and it’s a really special place, with its own identity.”
“It is absolutely unique.”
Amanda’s right there!