On the day when beIN Sports journalist Richard Keys said the Newcastle takeover led by Amanda Staveley would be announced, there is news today about Californian Billionaire Henry Mauriss’s bid to buy the club.
And it’s from a very reliable source – Bloomberg News.
The news is that he is preparing a charm offensive to get his offer for Newcastle, said to be £350M, more press coverage, and more legitimacy.
This comes as there is even more opposition to the takeover bid led by Amanda Staveley,
But it will be shameful if the Premier League do turn down Staveley’s bid after the UK government agreed last week to sell arms to the Saudis again.
How’s that for being two-faced?
Mauriss (shown above) is not well known in the UK: he is the CEO of media group ClearTV, and it looks like he wants to change that.
He wants to raise his profile with both the Premier League and Newcastle supporters, and it’s thought that any bid by Mauriss would be quickly blessed by the Premier League.
Sources have told Bloomberg News the following:
“Mauriss is discussing hiring a public relations adviser to help sell the merits of his proposal to acquire the soccer team.”
“And he has already met Newcastle United’s billionaire owner Mike Ashley to discuss his bid”
“Mauriss didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Representatives for Ashley did not respond to requests for comment by phone and text message.”
“A representative for the Saudi-led consortium declined to comment.”
“Newcastle is one of the U.K.’s best-supported teams, regularly drawing crowds of more than 50,000 to its stadium in northeast England. “
We haven’t heard too much from Mauriss over the last several weeks.
His vision for Newcastle United is to run the club the way Fenway Sports Group have run Liverpool FC, who they bought for just £300M back in 20111.
Mauriss has denied that Qatar Sports Investments, who own French powerhouse PSG, are involved in any way in his attempts to buy the Newcastle club.
If he has those Qatar contacts, it may be the same old same old – yet another proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
And so the plot thickens?
How did we ever get involved in all of this?
We still think the best chance is for the Premier League to finally pass the Amanda Staveley bid son.
The season ends a week on Sunday, and the transfer window opens the next day – so if it’s turned down, it leaves Newcastle high and dry.
That would not be good, and that’s an understatement.