According to Thursday night’s takeover update from the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Mike Ashley is now willing to listen to any new offers from Amanda Staveley – a sign that the NUFC owner is ready to resume talks with the lady he called a time waster in January.
After an exhausting few months at the back end of last year, it seemed like a takeover was finally on the cards at one stage, with widespread reports suggesting a deal between Staveley and Ashley was close.
As it turns out, this wasn’t the case, with the following statement being released by a ‘source close to Ashley’ in January, confirming that talks with Staveley and PCP were over.
“It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP. Attempt to reach a deal have proved to be exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time.”
This doesn’t seem to be the case however, with the Telegraph revealing that Mike Ashley will now listen to new offers from the Yorkshire businesswoman once our Premier League status is confirmed:
“Ashley had grown increasingly exasperated with the tactics used by Staveley to try and force him to lower his asking price, but he will also be willing to listen to new offers from her once safety is confirmed.”
An interesting aside to this story is this suggestion that MA would be willing to listen to any new offers made by Amanda Staveley.
Following the previous collapse in talks and MA's ownership in general, we have a right to remain sceptical, but hopeful. pic.twitter.com/Y2gPfRE2oR
— The Spectator's View (@thespectoview) March 29, 2018
So, it looks like Ashley may give Staveley a second bite at the cherry after all, despite suggesting just a few months ago that he had no plans to resume talks with her and PCP. One thing’s for sure, she’s going to have to put up or shut up on this occasion to strike a deal with Ashley.
We shall see, but for now, let’s hope for 3 points against Huddersfield. Beating them will not only put us tantalisingly close to survival, but with that comes the increased likelihood of getting rid of Ashley, attracting news owners and keeping Benitez.
That’s the plan, but this is Newcastle United after all!