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.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 30, 2020
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.