Former investment banker Mehrdad Ghodoussi is Iranian-born and a PCP Capital Managing Partner; he has been married to Amanda Staveley since 2011.
There was a piece in the National in Dubai yesterday on the PCP Capital Partners bid and that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley last Tuesday ended the long drawn-out negotiations and also said they had been a waste of time and frustrating.
The National reports the PCP Capital Partners-led consortium remains a buyer of Newcastle until at least the summer unless Benitez leaves the club.
And they report that PCP’s CEO Amanda Staveley thinks Rafa Benitez is doing a phenomenal job with an under-strength Newcastle squad,
Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley –
at St. James’ Park in October
This is what Mehrdad Ghodoussi told The National in Dubai yesterday:
“If Benitez were to leave the club, either before or at the end of the season, then PCP would potentially walk away from the deal.”
“We would love to buy Newcastle. The fans are phenomenal, the club could be huge and a big success if run properly.” (Mike Ahsley please note)
“You need a world-class manager. If Rafa isn’t there at the end of the season we would have to rethink this transaction.”
The best chance we have of getting new owners in is for Newcastle to become safe in the Premier League as soon as possible.
Then there’s a chance that Amanda Staveley will raise her offer for the club and a deal can be agreed between the two parties.
That’s the hope and whether it will happen we really have no idea – Mike Ashley can be very stubborn.
But there’s a chance if it doesn’t happen then Rafa will walk this summer.
We don’t think he will if we are not relegated, but it could happen.