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Staveley’s Latest Interview Is A Gut Punch For Newcastle Fans

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.

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30 comments so far

  • AshLIE is a Joker

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    F@ck the premier league

  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    In the interview it states if PL come to them and say they are prepared to approve bid they will come back. That won’t happen under Richard Masters who will now get a kicking from the UK government for upsetting the Saudi’s.

    She claims PL told them this week that ‘they won’t approve it, or reject it’ so they were just playing mind games for 17 weeks. Masters was deliberately using the NUFC fanbase to boost his ego and insult a country.

    Staveley will most likely restructure the group and rename it, and come back for round three.

    Ashley knows in this climate nobody would pay him £300 + for this club. The value has dropped significantly during the lockdown. So he, like the fans, would prefer to sell to Staveley.

    She is one determined lady and now has Ashley keen to sell to her.

    We have not heard the last of this.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    The PL are a disgrace. I’ve been saying for ages they had no intention of buying off the deal.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    There’s loads of ways to solve this
    Just one
    Not as exciting as having the Saudi billions
    but better than the current situation
    Staveley and the Reubens could buy a third each of
    the club from Ashley (who takes a back seat) and that
    would pre-empt any objections to ownership
    I’m sure there are other options

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Staveley says the PL wanted the SA state to be directors of the club.

    If that is true it is an absolute joke that no country in the world would agree to.

    This now smacks to me of forces within the game not wanting their positions threatened by a northern ‘little club’ joining and eventually possibly overtaking the elite PL clubs.

    There is a southern prejudice against us and I’ve no doubt that senior PL admins and their lawyers are fans of Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and the like who together with the Manchester and Liverpool teams didn’t want the takeover at any cost.

    It stinks.

  • dougie

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesus wept,that was was a kick in the balls yesterday.Hardly slept a wink and not refreshed at all.Like everyone else I’m fuming,just signed the petition.Im going to force myself to get my chin up,nothing else for it,everything happens for a reason so they say,maybe so.Ashley wants to sell that much is certain,we will get new owners and Amanda I feel will dust herself down and find another way forward.Stay strong guys,whatever doesn’t beat us makes us stronger.HWTL.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8


    That isn’t a bad shout at all.

    If it means Ashley keeps the advertising I’d settle for that if he had only a passive back seat position in the club.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Ignore that

  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10


    That actually might happen. But if she wins her court case against Barclays she will have the money to come back on her own. She will become a billionaire if she wins that case. £1.5 billion she is suing them for.

    With that and the Reubens by her side she can easily take control. Then sell off shares to bring in richer investors like the Saudi’s and give them 49% stake in the club.

  • Neil Harrison

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I added a petition to Parliament from one of our readers to the bottom of the article if anyone is interested.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12


    Sign please if you haven’t pass it on

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Great stuff Neil appreciate it it’s not
    The end yet we can still fight


  • Jamesthefirst

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    PIF also claimed they saw a document leaked to them on Tuesday about PL that was ‘explosive’ in relation to this takeover.

    They walked as soon as they saw the document.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Premier League will not come out of this looking good

  • WLtoon

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    I signed the petition just to show i did my bit but it will make no difference.
    The PL are as corrupt as the Qatari`s and both have got their wish , Saudi pulling out.
    Staveley is a determined woman and i hope she will be back for a third time lucky bid.
    As for now, we are screwed, Bruce will take us down next season, no way will we fluke so many points as we did the season just gone.
    it`s just a waiting game now, we are used to that.

  • ShaytoStay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this already, I read this on twitter earlier

    Email your complaint to info@premierleague.com and ask for complaints process, then lodge your complaint with them.Leave it a couple of days they won’t respond then send use this website https://theifo.co.uk/contact-us.html to escalate complaint as they are the PM independent ombudsman

  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Even the three to come up from the championship will outspend us this season, EMBARRASSING.

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #20

    one massive court case brewing

  • ShaytoStay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Hibbit I hope so

  • WLtoon

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Ashley will sell up eventually, he does`nt want the club hanging around his neck but how can he get the amount he wants now or in the near future.
    He will have to take a dip in the price or we are stuck with him for a few years yet.

  • WLtoon

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23


    Do you think the PL are bothered what us Geordies think ?
    If they can upset the Saudi,s then we are chicken feed m8

  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Petition signed and passed on….keep up the good work ..HWTL

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    We just can’t unite as a club until we have a new owner who wants to genuinely move the club forward. Staveley would have done that for us. I think we need to force the facts from the PL as to why they had to have the Saudi state as a Director. Why couldn’t they accept the PIF governor as a Director? Is this really nothing to do with piracy or other PL clubs? Facts please. Stuff the NDAs. And Ashley, please sue them.

  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26


    The league didn’t see this coming mate and there’s more to come and even if it’s just to show the rest of
    The world the corruption within the league will be enough for me

  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Where does Masters sit at the secret round table of the top 6 and broadcasters?

    Only needs one determined investigative journalist to get stuck in and they’ll have a story worth printing

  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Jul 31, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Parliaments petition isn’t live yet. (They are checking it). Of all the petitions this is the one to sign as once a set amount sign they legally have to question the Premier league. Hope it goes live. I really do

  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #29

    My wife and I have just signed the petition it’s now got over 13000 signatures 🙂

  • Grumpy

    Jul 31, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Will not let me sign, did the PL get a hold of this???


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