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Henry Mauriss Reportedly “Desperate” To Become Newcastle Owner – And Follow The Way FSG Took Liverpool Back To Glory

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.

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215 comments so far

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #201


    Unreal mate but all we can do as a fan base is keep spreading the word. Every single post the premier league make is getting took over by Geordies lol brilliant

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #202


    The Sun’s said to have reported on the change.org petition (I haven’t read it and don’t know what slant it put on it) and given more signatures and clever marketing to the news media, there’s every reason to believe it could help expose the EFL for what it is – a private members club with a VIP lounge for selected clubs.

  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #203


    I’ve tried the disinfectant treatment and yes, I’ve noticed some change – me teeth fell out!

  • Harrogate mag

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #204

    Leash…pmsl mate

  • JohnJ

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #206

    Mund, 100% support all your efforts with the petition.

    Now standing at 33321 @ 14:37

  • Harrogate mag

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #207

    Thanks for the update John j

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #208

    Do I have a system problem or am I thick? Every time I click on the link it disappears before have a chance to sign the petition!


    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #209

    “Unfortunately, the prolonged process under the current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty has rendered the potential investment no longer commercially viable.

    Part of the PIF statement above, yea the PL are gits no doubt, but imo the PIF bailed.
    They have looked at the world economic situation as stated coupled with the delay, and it would have been the Prince himself who pulled the plug, imo they see it as a bullet financially dodged.
    I will say I was supremely confident all through the takeover, the PIF statement for me though proves it was more than just the Premier League holding tactics that they were not happy with, things changed immensely in the world in the last 4 month. And they have re evaluated the situation.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #210

    All questions asked of the buyers had been answered weeks ago according to George Caulkin obviously via AS .

    The PL have messed everyone about for months now ie. the buyers, sellers, and especially fans desparate for change, to a point where the major investors have had enough and got the hump.
    To deprive our club and also English football the chance to progress and bring much needed investment and hope into this region by their pathetic dithering is an unforgivable act of cowardice and they deserve all the backlash they will hopefully get.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #211


    The PiF have spent around 80billion this year on investments, some of which they wont see any return on for 18-24 months at best(Carnival cruises etc). The state of the economy isnt an issue, its 300m against the 80+billion they have spent, its so little its worth the gamble to them.

    The PIF could be making the ultimate powerplay, unofficially walking away leaving the PL, Ashley etc to panic and decide if they want to push themselves to make it happen. Having the 2 week holiday in KSA for Eid means there is ample thinking time for all parties to have this eat away at them.

    Until they officially inform the PL its all over, there is still hope, however little.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #212

    Lesh I’ve read it last night, it was good, nothing damning. But what I dony know is it only an online report or did it make the national newspaper?? Surely somone of ye guys must have read the papers this morning over there.

    Also somone else ran it last night but I xant remember who and I’m pretty sure that was an online version in that case.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 1, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #213

    Gothmog, Eid holidays in KSA end on Saturday 7th (back to work Sunday), so not quite 2 weeks.

  • jonnyshaw85

    Aug 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #214

    Mund: can’t seem to find you on Twitter mate (JawZZ?)

  • Unused Substitute

    Aug 1, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #215

    GP @211: another problem I see from PiF’s perpsecitve is the that the club you buy gets relegated. The incoming ownership absolutely would have liked to start with its own manger with a team that he likes. That possibility vanished because of PL’s dilly dallying.

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