There’s news in the Northern Echo that Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners Group will start new takeover talks with Mike Ashley once Newcastle have guaranteed their survival in the Premier League.
We are now 10 points (11 if you count goal difference) above 3rd bottom Southampton with only six games to play.
Rafa Benitez believes that 40 points will be enough for survival – so a win against the Gunners on Sunday will take us to 41 points, and we should be safe.
Let’s hope the negotiations are done more efficiently this time around, and this thing doesn’t drag on through the summer.
And there’s really no reason why they cannot start now on the basis that Newcastle survive in the Premier League, and we should know that fairly quickly.
New owner Amanda Staveley with former owner Mike Ashley – hopefully, this will happen quickly
The report says that Mike Ashley still values Newcastle at around £350M, so if Amanda Staveley would increase her offer by just £50M with zero clauses – a deal could be agreed very quickly.
It should be more attractive to Staveley with Newcastle likely to pick up around £125M from the Premier League next month and guaranteed another season in the big money league.
The next three year deal for domestic Premier League TV rights to start in 15 months time did not reach the figure of the last deal.
So the money could be topping out but there’s still the International TV rights with interest still increasing around the world..
But there is a lot of skepticism from Newcastle supporters about a deal being struck, and if Ashley really wants to sell and Staveley wants to buy there could be a quick deal done.
But nothing is ever easy at Newcastle but the main thing this summer is to ensure Rafa gets sufficient transfer money to get busy in the transfer market to rebuild the side for next season.
Ashley cannot keep shooting the club in the foot by refusing to give our world-class manager some decent transfer funds to spend.
The perfect scenario is that the club gets sold before July, but why do we think that’s not going to happen?