The True Faith podcast has interviewed the Times’ reporter George Caulkin and asked him what he thinks will happen with Amanda Staveley and whether she is still interested in buying Newcastle United.
There has been silence from Amanda Staveley since earlier this year, and since then Newcastle have reached safety from relegation (over three weeks ago).
When that happened, some people knowledgeable on the takeover thought she would come back in with a new improved bid for the club.
But there has been silence, utter silence – and with Newcastle now in 10th place in the Premier League rumors have circulated that Mike Ashley now wants as much as £400M for the club.
Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley – George Caulkin believes she’s still interested
Here’s some of what George said on the podcast as transcribed by NUFC Blog.co.uk:
“Amanda Staveley, someone asked me and I said ‘she’s still around’, so what does that sort of mean?”
“I’m very conscious – I don’t want to say anything that would hamper things if there’s a chance of the club being sold – but it means that she’s still interested.”
“She’s been talking to investors and that sort of stuff has carried on. Certainly at the start of the year she was talking to people in Newcastle about what might happen and how she could take the club forward.”
“There have been talks between people close to her and around the Ashley camp, but there hasn’t been anything direct as
1) there was the big fall out
2) once January was gone nobody would buy it at that point because they couldn’t influence what happened this season and then there was the television deal and relegation.”
“All those things have now gone.”
“I’ve always said that I think she’ll bid again and people close to her have intimated that, but not at £400m. I just can’t see that.”
“I think that would take up too much money that she’d earmarked to spend on players, the training ground, infrastructure and things like that.”
“And I don’t think the value of the club has gone up that much.”
“As with everything this is my opinion with a bit of knowledge in it as I’ve kept in touch with her and people around her and we speak very regularly.”
“She’s wanting to do it.”
It’s clear that Mike will not accept £300M for the club now and it’s gone up but maybe not as much as to £400M.
But we’re not sure that Mike Ashley wants to sell this club now – and that’s especially true if he can get Rafa signed up say for two or three more years.
He could then back Rafa in the transfer market and in less than three years he could have a club in the top eight (at least), and perhaps having also won a trophy.
Rafa is only too willing to put Newcastle on the world map and with little or no investment in the last 17 months Rafa’s already done some of that.
He still got us promoted and now has us up to 10th place – the top half of the Premier League.
The way Mr. Ashley will be thinking is that if he keeps Newcastle for another two or three years and backs Rafa to a sufficient extent in the upcoming transfer windows, then he could have a club worth maybe something closer to £600M.
We would be very surprised if Mike Ashley sells the club now for anything less than £400M – there’s too much money to be made in the future – assuming he can keep Rafa at the club.
And we don’t think Ms. Amanda Staveley has £400M available.
What do you think?