Amanda Staveley, along with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, has given an interview with George Caulkin in the Athletic. It’s absolutely crushing to Newcastle fans if some of what she claims is true.
The bleakest comment from the report is the following:
“There aren’t other bids. It’s rubbish.”
This is in stark contrast to other claims so let’s hope this isn’t true. She’s probably got that from Mike Ashley, who may not have been completely open with her. At least we hope that’s the case.
She also claims that Ashley is as devastated as them. If she’s accurate about there being no other bidders, we can see why. Both Amanda and her husband were adamant that Ashley played no part in this deal coming apart.
Here’s what Amanda said about her relationship with Ashley:
“Please don’t think there was any argument between Mike and I because there wasn’t,” she says. “All this crap about Mike and I not getting on … We get on very well. There’s no issue with Mike. None at all. We had a deal agreed. Yes, there was a bit more money on the table, but we agreed it.
“Mike is as disappointed as we are. He’s devastated, too.”
Mehrdad Ghodoussi added:
“When things went public the first time, it became hard at various points, but ultimately we got beyond that. We agreed a deal with him. And yes, he played around with numbers, but we were happy to pay what we needed to pay. The reason the deal failed is because of the Premier League not because of Mike. That’s really important.”
Both lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Premier League, who seem to have not wanted to make a decision on this takeover. Staveley stated that it was the league that insisted on making the Saudi State a director at Newcastle, something Saudi Arabia felt would be an impossible situation for them.
Ultimately, it looks like the league forced their hand, according to Staveley as she stated, “They were saying ‘you know what, we won’t reject you but we won’t approve you either, so we’ll just sit here for month after month’.
This is just an outrageous situation for Newcastle. The one obstacle we were told to getting a new owner was Mike Ashley. That’s not the case this time. It’s the Premier League who has possibly doomed us to more seasons in an abyss.
Here is a petition to Parliament from one of our readers to have the Premier League investigated.