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Amanda Staveley Comes Out Swinging Against The Premier League And ‘Other Clubs’



After a carefully worded statement was released by the Amanda Staveley-led consortium, the English financier has given an interview to the Times of London. She has not held her tongue as she comes out swinging against the Premier League and other clubs.

The Chronicle has released the following statements from Staveley when asked if she blamed the Premier League for the deal falling through:

“Of course we do.

“They had a chance, they say we have not answered all the questions and we have done so. But the other clubs in the Premier League didn’t want it to happen.

“We are so heartbroken for the Newcastle fans as the investment that was going to go into the club, especially with everything happening with Brexit and Covid, would have been so important.

“This is catastrophic for them. It has been going on for so long and the opportunity was there.

“The piracy issue was not an issue but we tried to resolve it anyway.

“They [the Premier League] tried to make the state of Saudi a director. The PIF had agreed to become a director.

“Do we give up now? I don’t know, there may be a way forward, but we have had to put a statement out.

“I’m trying to deal with the facts and we had to make a decision today.”

While this wound is very fresh, we don’t want to put too much hope into the latter part of her statement about a way forward. It’s best to just move on from this absolute farce and fiasco.


Though the first part of her statement holds some weight in our estimation. Staveley lays the blame at the Premier League’s feet. She alludes to two reasons why they have delayed this process which has ultimately doomed the bid.

The first is ‘other clubs’, likely the big six, didn’t want to have to contend with a revitalized Newcastle United. Many fans have hinted that if the Saudi’s were after Manchester United or their ilk, this consortium would have been approved with little bother.

The other reason is that the Premier League didn’t see the Saudi state and the Public Investment Fund as separate entities. A few days ago, it was reported by the BBC that the Premier League were delaying the takeover due to the lack of clarity of who would hold the ‘ultimate responsibility’ at the club.

It seems that the league was never satisfied that Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and Chairman of PIF, wouldn’t be the one pulling the strings at Newcastle.

Stavely refutes that and states that she gave the league everything they asked for. So we’ll likely hear a lot more from Amanda going forward as she does not appear to be letting this go just yet.

The Chronicle reached out to the Premier League for a statement, and of course, they didn’t provide one. Newcastle United also did not provide a comment.

Keith Downie has tweeted that Newcastle were unaware that the consortium was pulling out today.

This news today has gone global hitting the headlines in all the major publications. The Premier League and Newcastle United must release a statement about what exactly has transpired.

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157 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #41

    jail all i’m calling for is calm, you might be sick of false hope but i’m sick to death of your miserable whining,

    14
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #42

    Can’t sit here and do nothing. …now.where’s my tree costume

    4
  • carltoon

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #43

    I wouldn’t put it past Ashley if he sold us to someone worse than him, if there is such a person.

    5
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #44

    carltoon.
    We have Amanda in our corner….so there is some hope! I would not bet against that lass!

    9
  • Thump

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #45

    @carltoon: Ellis Short has entered the chat

    2
  • JAMSHA

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #46

    boycott the league join the french or spanish league

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #47

    hibbit,
    What miserable whining? I’ve lived in hope these last few months. What a shitty response from you!

    12
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #48

    Epla meeting tomorrow I wonder if charnley will go in all guns blazing against the objectors.

    0
  • bfg

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #49

    Well there is 2 things I’ve learned the last 4 month supporting sports direct fc is bad for your health but not as bad as reading this blog some proper dicks on here mind.

    13
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #50

    Harrogate how tall are you? I’ll lend you one of mine mate.

    In all seriousness, we do need to take a stand now. Cut him off. If the majority do it he’ll have to sell up.

    0
  • carltoon

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #51

    Ok I’ll leave you to your jokes.

    4
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #52

    When somebody posted the odds on the takeover failing yesterday and it was 5/2 I thought to myself I’d take those odds if I had the money to spare.

    After 3 months it looked very likely to go wrong.

    Might have been a bit easier to swallow if it had made me some cash.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #53

    Hopefully it isn’t over and some twists and turns may happen. But I think we could really do without people telling us that it isn’t over when there is absolutely nothing in it. Positivity is one thing spouting off about it for the sake of it is another.

    13
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #54

    Watch my footy on super sport…sky get nothing off me..I’m 6″2..and a todge the size of a budgies tongue…

    8
  • carltoon

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #55

    Ya talking to ya self, there’s no one on here goes who you talking to, no one buys anything. We’re broken hearted. Can you not understand that.

    12
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #56

    I wonder when Churnley will make a statement or just pretend it never happened.

    6
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #57

    Brucie’s tears make more sense if he knew he was being kept on with all that money to spend. Maybe all his hurry up PL statements make sense in this light too.
    If Brucie knew, how could ‘the club’ not know. Everyone bar us fans, Mandy and her crew and the Saudis happy as Larry.

    3
  • bfg

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #58

    Kevin vegans a dick mund & his little cartel of keyboard warriors are dicks & the frog is a proper dick adios done with SDFC & this joke of a football blog

    8
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #59

    Just spewing anger out of my fingers.

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #60

    Jail, I’ll never believe anything again. This was our one chance. Anyway I’m just a stupid fool for believing it all

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #61

    Carltoon

    Plenty of people read the blog who don’t comment, will never even consider making an account, might only read occasionally, etc. If anyone sees a post here and decides to join a boycott, that’s a job well done for us.

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #62

    Jail a time like this there is need for hope if anything to drag ourselves out of the gutter

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #63

    There’ll be no comment from the club if as Henry Winter asserts Ashley is weighing up two USA bids

    2
  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #64

    This isn’t a surprise….been mugged off to look like premier league Muppets…. absolute joke and disgusting way to treat fans.
    Once it was dragged out over a longer period,it seemed like it was never going to happen…and lived with hope more then belief.

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #65

    KV,
    Could you please leave out the boycott suggestions. It’s not the right time, people are really upset.

    14
  • Belfast

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #66

    Munster

    Twas just a bit of satire for a couple of the blogs latest misfits.

    No animals were harmed during this process. (Honest)

    My views on Mike Ashley have been pretty consistent throughout the years, even when he was in vouge on here. I want him out as much as everyone else.

    Me taking the piss out of Tom and Jerry should not be mistaken as gloating or celebrating. Cheers! xxx

    10
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #67

    Can we now all agree there was in fact a takeover process occurring and the PL were in fact carrying out the O+D testing process of prospective owners of the club?

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #68

    Mund,
    That’s up to you, it won’t change anything. If there are people still interested then good. I’m sick to death of people saying this or that will definitely happen. I am footin gutted, can we all just see what pans out.

    10
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #69

    WTF are you going to boycott? stupid twats

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #70

    Jail

    That’s exactly why it’s the right time.

    When something like this happens it sparks a reaction in the fans. People will want to act.

    Some are trying to direct the anger at the PL but that will not help our cause.

    We need to keep the focus on the cause of our problems, and how we can use our power as fans to remove him.

    We’ve made our feelings clear, but NUFC is not a democracy and the dictator has dug his heels in.

    We have to starve him out. That is how we have power over him.

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #71

    Jail

    Honestly mate I’ve took heart in your posts I can see your devastated. I’ll keep it down I was going to anyway. Just don’t give up all hope mate.

    2
  • Thump

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #72

    @DaveD: The illegal streaming sites. That’ll show them.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #73

    Uncertain Toon/World,
    Is that so important to you?

    1
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #74

    The only way this could be a power play with Ashley is if the PL tests have been passed or the Saudis are 100% the are going to pass IMO. I’d love some hope to grasp onto, but I don’t see it there.
    Mandy’s rant, sparing no prisoners, didn’t seem a calculated move.
    So, so gutted and angry. Seems obvious we are not allowed to have owners who offer any threat to the big boys.
    Gonna have to read so much shit over the next few days. Blogs gonna be a nightmare too if this evenings point scoring and misplaced anger is anything to go by.

    6
  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #75

    Time to support Gateshead it is then

    3
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #76

    So any mail address to PID, all write to them that do not give up, this is lifelong deal to us&them and beyond. We need their support

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #77

    carltoon,
    We had to believe in it, it genuinely didn’t seem like a stunt and it seems the PL haven’t wanted to upset Qatar/BeIN and risk their money with no assurances that the Saudis would buy the rights, that’s what it’s all been about imo.

    9
  • jarra mick

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #78

    I knew it would fail, I said all along. Another season with Mrs Doubtfire and Ashley at the helm, championship here we come

    6
  • AncientC

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #79

    Ye all may as well start emptying your celebration caskets and start the weekend early–get it out of your systems. I think everybody, optimistic or cynical, deserves a strong one after these last 4 months of head-wreckery.

    5
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 30, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #80

    KV

    Give it a rest please. How can we boycott something we can’t attend anyway.

    I’m footin devastated as are we all and the last thing on minds is a bloody boycott.

    12


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