Amanda Staveley In New Talks With Ashley – Will Move Quickly To Ward Off Other Potential Buyers

The Mirror is reporting today that takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley have restarted over the last few weeks.

That’s not surprising as Newcastle are almost safe in the Premier League with 38 points and we are now 10 points above the drop zone with the best goal difference of the bottom 12 clubs in the league – and only 6 games to play.

The last we heard about the Staveley takeover was that she had bid around £300M up front but Mike Ashley wanted another £50M, and that was where things stood at the beginning of this year.

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The report is that there have been positive discussions over the last few weeks between the two parties, but we would still take this report with a pinch of salt.

One area of concern Amanda Staveley had was that Newcastle could be relegated, but that looks very unlikely now that we have picked up 19 points this year in just 11 games.

In the first half of the season through the end of last year, we picked up 19 points but in 21 games.

Amanda is said to be ready to increase her offer from £300M with no clauses.

But it just seems strange this report has come out on a Sunday after Newcastle have won three games in a row.

You would expect Amanda Staveley and other would-be buyers to be interested, but that doesn’t mean they have made any new moves.

But we would expect some other potential buyers to come forward soon and attempt to buy Newcastle and end the Mike Ashley era, which has been a disaster for our club.

That could be good because it could Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners to try to do the deal quickly.

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Newcastle moved 10 points clear (11 is you consider our goal difference) of the drop zone after winning 2-1 at the King Power Stadium yesterday in another impressive performance to make it three wins in a row.

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16 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m surprised these stories didn’t resurface last weekend.

    Maybe now we’ll see some real movement and the club will get the new ambitious owner it and the fans deserve.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Say hi to the gang for me, especially Josie Jump, Suzie Sweet and the delightful Miss Hoolie.
    Mind if your after Sea bass no poaching or you’ll have PC Plum to reckon with.

    By the time you get back Amanda might be in charge according to the gossips – more Jackanory than Balamory at the moment but you never know.

  • martoon

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Still buzzing after yesterday’s win – really didn’t expect it but pleased to be proved wrong.
    On the takeover I could believe talks have started again now we’re safe BUT I can’t believe £300m – surely Ashley will want his money back at the very least which I think is about £330m?

  • Vask

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t usually repost but that was baad timing.

    What I particularly liked about yesterday (elastico aside) was that we seemed to get that luck that has eluded us for years. I take this as evidence that luck has nowt to do with football. The drive and attitude that our players are exuding influences the atmosphere of the game (not necessarily stadium atmosphere alone) and the perceptiins of people watching (including officials) and makes decisions go our way such as the so called pelanty.
    The deflection for Shelvey’s goal sounded more wikd on the radio but just seemed like a knick on motd. Incidently, if it had have deflected wide would we have had our own penalty? It definitely looked like it was intentional as well.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    330M Martoon, where did you pluck that from?

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I watched the game in a bar with
    fans of clubs from all over the UK.
    They all said pretty much the same
    thing – how hard it is to beat Leicester
    at the King Power – what a performance !!!!!

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 8, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Munster, a few threads ago

    You’re spot on with your version of Cushie Butterfield. One fine day was also correct but he was quoting a Brown Ale advert from the 70s sung by Owen Brannigan to that tune. The chorus was “It’s the strong beer. It’s the bottled beer with the North’s biggest sale. For complete satisfaction Newcastle Brown Ale.”

    Brings back memories.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa doesn’t seem to be bothered about historical grounds where we always get beat, I sense a Merseyside victory on the cards.

  • G

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Not really believing the Stavely talks this time. Suspect this rumour is a fabrication from MA’s camp to try and force potential new owners forward. Now would potentially be an excellent time to sell though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Talking to a couple of Coventry fans in the pub yesterday, a once decent mid PL club hung out to dry and nobody can do a thing about it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Sometimes when you listen to the points that some people make about wanting the mackems to stay up, then you read a comment about how loyal they are and that it’s us that’ll lose out because we won’t ever be able to wipe out that six in a row.

  • Slank

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Before the game I didn’t see a win. But as soon as the game started it was all there to see. The tactics of sitting deep denied Vardy and Mahrez the space they need with their pace to punish us as they have done to many teams. Well done Rafa. Spot on tactics.

    Apart from the goals the most pleasing part of the game was a bit of 1960s nostalgia with four or five crunching absolutely fair tackles within a minute of each other from our lads, even Perez. Absolute total commitment.

    There now appears to be a collective confidence from all the players. Other teams have good players, some better than ours, but we have that confidence and the fear of relegation removed which others still have which will drag them down. We on the other hand look like good bets for more wins.

    On what’s all this crap from the pundits that we are a Championship team ?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 8, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Here we go again my god why not just keep it under wraps till it done and dusted.

  • twotonearmy

    Apr 8, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Paper talk… I think we should all just ignore these stories until we see a new owner at the ground holding a kit over their head with their name on it.

    Imagine that though… the scenes around St James would be chaos


    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #15

    All stories about sale are smoke & mirrors put out by Ashley, he is so greedy & spiteful towards those that have been against him he will continue to milk the club & take great delight in conning the gullible as long as possible

  • sphinxhunter

    Apr 9, 2018 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #16

    You are being too generous to the Mirror – they lie – they have fabricated a story that doesn’t exist – no facts, lots of innuendo that can be interpreted any way one wants – they do no research for their stories,they show no ingenuity or imagination to find a real ‘breaking’ story – they just make stuff up based on old, tired news lines
    Staveley made an offer that was discounted on being mid-season (NUFC were vulnerable for going down), so Arseley held onto NUFC, speculating on a bigger than eventuated TV deal – now NUFC are safe, thus Staveley can’t argue for a discount, but the TV deal actually went backward, so Arseley lucked out there – pretty much any deal has slid back past square one to being even less likely than ever – NUFC is no longer a cheaper option for someone looking to buy into the PL, and it doesn’t hold out the same promise of reward that it may have under the old TV deal, plus Arseley has been sucking money out of the club and not putting into building up the infrastructure or team so any buyer will need to spend up big-time in order to safe guard his investment – at 300M for the club, plus 50M for rebuilding the training facilities, etc, plus 50-100M to rebuilding the squad and suddenly NUFC doesn’t look like a good investment vehicle anymore.


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