Amanda Staveley has said in her interview with George Caulkin in the Athletic that there are no other buyers out there for Newcastle.
And yet the Telegraph (Luke Edwards) issued a report saying that Californian Billionaire Henry Mariss was indeed interested in buying Newcastle.
It looks like owner Mike Ashley squeezed a bit more money out of the Staveley consortium at the end of June, and that may have been to match Mauriss’ reported bid of £350M for Newcastle.
If the Staveley deal does not go forward, then the consortium will have lost the £17M deposit they paid months ago, and Mike Ashley will be that much richer.
Henry Mauriss – desperate to become the new Newcastle owner?
But it’s also said that on Wednesday evening before the deal fell through that Mike Ashley tried his hardest to keep the deal afloat and he is still open to selling to Amanda Staveley.
And we have to drop all that stuff that Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley don’t get along – here’s what she said about the Newcastle owner in her interview in the Athletic:
“Please don’t think there was any argument between Mike and I, because there wasn’t.”
“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.”
The Telegraph exclusive report is that a takeover of Newcastle United could still happen soon and before the start of next season (September 12th).
We mentioned this yesterday, with Henry Mauriss now said to be by the Telegraph “in pole position to buy Newcastle.”
Mauriss would let Steve Bruce stay on as manager at the club, at least for next season.
And he wants to copy how Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and John Henry (who also own the Boston Red Sox) have led Liverpool to glory since the6 bought them for £300M back in October 2011.
But Newcastle fans don’t seem to believe Henry Mauriss is for real – certainly, we don’t know too much about him, other than he is the current CEO of ClearTV.
He made his money in the credit card and finance industry and his ClearTV network now provides services to airports and health care facilities around the US,
This is what a source told the Sun in a mid-June article:
“Mauriss is a charitable and honorable man – and is desperate to become Newcastle’s new owner. It’s a genuine bid.”
“He’s a successful player in the media world in America and has a big interest in English football.”
He has studied the way his fellow countrymen Werner and Henry have successfully rejuvenated Liverpool and made them one of the world’s dominant forces.”
“There is the promise of significant investment not only in the squad but also the club’s academy. It’s a fantastic business plan.”
“The investor has seen the way Liverpool’s owners have harnessed themselves with the local community and made it a team effort with everyone pulling in the same direction.”
“Newcastle have a huge and loyal support. It’s a club with massive potential.”
This should all sort itself out in the next week or so – but we’d be happy if the Saudis went back in tried to make the deal one last time.
Note – here’s a petition to sign to get an independent review of the EPL Takeover process