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Consortium Have Been Working Hard Behind The Scenes During Owners’ And Directors’ Test



There’s a report in the Chronicle today that Amanda Staveley and the consortium she has put together have been working hard behind the scenes over the last six weeks, which has been an anxious time for Newcastle fans everywhere.

It’s now exactly six weeks and two days since the takeover paperwork was presented to the Premer League for their approval, and it seems one of the most difficult owners’ and directors’ tests the PL have ever had to conduct.

Well, this is Newcastle, after all.

And Amanda has already had some conversations with City counselors on how they together can make Newcastle United the center of life in Newcastle.

That shouldn’t be too difficult.

Amanda Staveley – working hard behind the scenes

Here’s an interesting extract from Mark Douglas’ Chronicle report today:

“There’s been contact between the group and executives at the city council over plans for the future, with at least two long conversations being held recently to discuss how United could be at the center of civic life in Newcastle.

Possible renaming of the number nine bar – with the possibility of returning it to the original which bore Alan Shearer’s name.

Newcastle United will revert back to thinner stripes in a return to a more classic black and white home shirt next season.

It’s understood that this deal has been one of the most complex the Premier League has ever dealt with. 

No doubt commercial and retail will be two areas looked at by any new custodians of the club.”

The first line of business will be to identify five or six new signings in this summer’s transfer window (whenever that is) who can help transform Newcastle on the pitch, and a clearout of current players is also on the agenda.

But the new owners cannot do those two things without first identifying who the new manager will be.

It will be a surprise if it’s not either 48-year-old Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettini or former boss, 60-year-old Rafa Benitez, who remains very popular with fans on Tyneside.

The training center needs to be upgraded or a new one built at a new location.

An alternative solution would be to pull down the existing building at Benton and build a new one in place there.

The new consortium will also make an attempt to communicate constantly with the Newcastle fans.

St. James’ Park could also do with a makeover before next season starts, to return it to its pristine condition.

And longer-term the new owners will be looking at how St. James’ Park can add 8,000 additional capacity to take it up to 60,000.

There will also likely be a queue for season tickets, and it’s going to be so exciting for our fans and the Cty of Newcastle.

Massive changes are planned, but this will all take time, but it’s important that Amanda and the new owners make a good start as owners.

That could be by starting with a press conference – carried out remotely – on what the vision and initial plans and targets are for the new Newcastle United.

Sounds good excellent to us.

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68 comments so far

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 23, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would Rafa be “kicking himself for going to China”? I thought it was because Ashley let his contract run out and so Rafa and his team needed a job elsewhere? I don’t get the minor alterations to history here, what’s the point being driven here?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Is Coming Home still fighting with his petri dishes and test tubes or is it safe to post again? 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 23, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Amanda is here for the long haul. She knows she will be absolutely adored here and will forever known as the lady who finally had the guts and determination to rid us of Ashley. Brokering the city deal may have given her a taste to get more personally involved in a new project and 10% is not be sniffed at. Sounds like she has massive plans and she could become the ”first lady of football”. Is this all a dream. . . . .I don’t want to wake up from!

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 23, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki

    guess the point would be that if Rafa had thought this takeover would go ahead he could have signed on with tubbs and put up with the restrictions imposed as he knew in a year or so staveley and the saudis would come in and he could have the conditions he wanted to take the club forward.

    given rafa and Staveley seem to have a relationship to some extent, you’d think he would have spoken to her to see the likelihood of something happening, guess it wasnt imminent back then.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 23, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    pyjamas

    he probably didn’t see covid coming

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    There’s no point/agenda if that’s what u are inferring tsunki. Had rafa stayed he could have got the big gig now. Much as people like you like to think I hate him, having him back would feel “right” too.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Morning Rotonda

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 23, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Time will tell how long Staveley and the Reubens are directly involved with the club. It will most likely come down to who is the final decision makers.

    the Saudis with 80% will want things run exactly how they see it, its not a stretch to see how there could be disagreements further down the line between the groups involved, single ownership is easier as there is one clear vision to follow, with multiple groups there can be issues arising, even if at first everything is peachy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Munter,
    Lovely bit of shite stirring from you last night about geordietom’s apology. I’ll accept apologies from whom I choose thank you very much.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    May 23, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    The most exciting line in all of this for me is “The new consortium will also make an attempt to communicate constantly with the Newcastle fans.” That’s a huge step in the right direction. Ashley’s policy lf keeping the fans in the dark has been a cause of constant concern for me throughout his tenure. The fans will always get frustrated with owners that refuse to give a clear vision flr the club, and Ashley has spent the bulk of the last 13 years doing exactly that. It leaves us feeling unappreciated and leaves us with a club that appears to severely lack direction and intent. I’m sick of us bumbling along in the dark.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    She’ll be our boudicca (spelling) or for the Irish guys, our Grainneuaile, both warrior queens.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 23, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ll take gothmogs 20/20 hindsight explanation over your Munster.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 23, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Coming Home I should imagine is in a dark room in hibernation as his body expels the toxins he ingested last night.

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  • Andymax

    May 23, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    1st of June is when Gary Hoffman takes over as chairman of premier league and I think there could be a bit of lazy Journalism at work stating takeover to be announced on the same day.

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  • hibbit

    May 23, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    anyone frequent
    one Reuben brothers pubs https://www.wellingtonpubcompany.co.uk/

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 23, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Kevin – on the list of “don’t do what they did”, communication has to be near the top. If there’s one thing that really irks people is not keeping them informed about something that concerns them. Ashley’s disastrous PR has to be a how-not-to-do-it reference guide.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Munter,
    Aye, I suppose if Rafa could have predicted Covid-19 he might have stayed after all. Instead he looked at the previous evidence of takeovers and the realisation that he would be fighting another relegation battle when Rondon and Perez were sold and the striker he asked for instead was replaced with AC.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail, the point was that you are a bitter little man who can’t leave things go, and Tom tried to apologise but your little man bitterness prevents it. Your choice, but it reflects poorly on the man I feel.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail, take your rafa defence system elsewhere, for the sake of blog being bored by both of us, I’m not engaging.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    May 23, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Andymax sadly 99% of journalism is “lazy journalism”. What generally happens is one outlet prints a story based on weak evidence and/or wild speculation, then others hop on the bandwagon and rehash the story, and before you have 50 different media groups all posting that Messi has agreed terms with us because somebody once overheard his agent say the word “toon”.

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  • giimps

    May 23, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Would this be an ideal time to increase the ground size by building down, no fans for the foreseeable future, could play games for a year/2 at a different venue( Wembley as Wembley will be unused and crying out for money) , totally revamp the cathedral on the hill , when we come back another 10-15k supporters in the ground, as well as better hospitality and corporate suites, ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    The only real silver lining about Ashley’s reign is that we’ve helped make him one of Britain’s most despised men. He hasn’t got the celebrity of Phil Green or Robert Maxwell so his association with us has put him in the spotlight. Doesn’t matter how rich you are it can’t be nice knowing that the majority of the public hate your guts.

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  • IrishRob

    May 23, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Anyone want to give me a quick run through of what was said on here last night? It sounds like it was Gold, lol.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Tsunki whilst he did seem a tad irate with me, it was Muz who was poking fun at him, that focused Coming Homes anger. Still, all just a bit of fun.

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 23, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Didn’t the fat man call staveley a tyre kicker? Rafa may have thought she wouldn’t get the Saudi backing and wouldn’t come back with another bid. His contract with Ashley had run down and he couldn’t face however many years Ashley would stay as owner so in his own mind got out when the going was good.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Rob, it was offering to meet you and bate the head off you because you were debunking my scientific education 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Munter,
    Before you wade in, I never even mentioned what GEORDIETOM had said, he just started haranguing me about an apology one night, then twisted it because I thought he’d harangued me over my trip to Thailand, I got mixed up, it was using the internet while on holiday he wouldn’t shut up about. The bloke harangues people, nothing to do with me being bitter.

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  • giimps

    May 23, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail, i dont think the slug cares who dislikes him , as ling as he is rich, however , his empire is falling and the plans he once had of owning the high street are coming home to bite him……hes played monopoly with real businesses and now the street repairs are due…..couldnt have happened to a better person

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  • Kevin Vegan

    May 23, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29

    The Hit Man & Her,

    I think the reason Ashley wasn’t more communicative is because it’s very difficult to lie to hundreds of thousands of fans for 13 years without people catching on. If your intention is to pocket any profits as Ashley has done for years, you really don’t want to have to face the music and explain that to the fans. Much easier to just keep quiet and leave us guessing.

    I’d like to think that any new owners will actually WANT to communicate their ambitions to the fans, because they will actually have ambitions to communicate that go beyond increasing their own profits.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Basically Coming Home thinks Covid is completely overplayed and said he was a qualified Forensic Scientist.

    Muz, who comes across as the more scientific of the two gentlemen, was busy debunking his Covid approach and putting forward the case that CH didn’t, er, come across like a scientist might 🙂

    There may have been alcohol involved 🙂

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  • IrishRob

    May 23, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Munster wtf?? I haven’t even a notion what you are on about, I dont remember debunking anything tbh.

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  • #cans

    May 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Stavely won’t hang around after the sale has gone through , she’s merely brokering the deal which is her company’s role – she’ll pick up her 10% commission similar to when she brokered the man city deal

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    May 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #33

    McClaren on SSN now, he’s getting about a bit now.

    Wonder who his next club sacrifice will be to the gods of football.

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  • geordietom

    May 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Muster he wont accept it mate , like you said bitterness thats what keeps him going …

    not like i’m bothered now i take it back shouldn’t of bothered trying .

    Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Jail for Ashley ………The bloke harangues people

    No comment required really
    I’ll just leave that jewel hanging

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Oh, and CH said I didn’t know anything re the pandemic because I just fish and look after a dog. I wasn’t central to the discussion before CH comes on threatening again. Muz was on form 🙂

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  • onmeedsun

    May 23, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #37

    Capacity really needs to be 60k but the listed buildings are a problem, ruling out the East Stand. Although don’t we have enough listed buildings in Newcastle? That’s why the Strawberry place land was so critical. The fact that Ashley let that go for a pittance is proof that he wasn’t thinking of selling a year or so ago. Hopefully the expansion of the Gallowgate could still be achieved with other developments planned. Money talks!
    I think Covid-19 has forced Ashley’s hand as he needs the cash to hoover up SD shares on the cheap.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail, you’re like an irritating mosquito but not the worst bloke in the world I’m sure. I even offered to raise a glass for you if u are working during an announcement.

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  • IrishRob

    May 23, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Studying forensic science wouldnt really give him any qualifications on anything related to pathogens or viruses, it certainly wouldnt make him an expert on it. If he studied Medicine, or biomedical science or even medical laboratory science he may have a leg to stand on. Those courses would encompass virology and microbiology etc which would be where youd learn most of that.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Rob, have a look back, worth a look.

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