Some potentially exciting news has emerged today, with The Times confirming that Amanda Staveley held talks with trusted NUFC trio Lee Charnley, Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop following Sunday’s game against Liverpool – fuelling rumours that she is set to launch a bid to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.
Staveley controls a £28 billion fund of Middle Eastern wealth and her appearance at St James’ on Sunday sparked rumours of her potential interest in the club – however such suggestions were deemed premature until anyone had genuine reason to believe this was her reason for attending.
The big development today is that she’s understood to have met with Ashley’s close associate Justin Barnes, managing director Lee Charnley and Ashley’s PR representative Keith Bishop following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Ashley himself was not present, however it is reported that contact details were exchanged and both parties are open to more talks, providing the biggest sign yet that she has genuine interest in taking over at the club.
Staveley met Barnes/Charnley/Bishop. Unplanned but positive chat. 3 possible clubs BUT likes #nufc! Long way off & not moved since Sun yet.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) October 3, 2017
Club sources are believed to be indicating that no type of deal is close at this moment in time, however these are positive signs and big strides towards a potential takeover. Caution is needed at this point however, with it also confirmed that she holds interest in TWO other Premier League clubs.
To confirm, Staveley has been confirmed as a potential ‘lead buyer’, meaning she would likely arrive with wealthy Middle Eastern investment if she were to take over at NUFC.
A potentially exciting development, but let’s not get too carried away until things become more concrete. This could take some time!