In her latest interview in UAE publication The National, Amanda Staveley has admitted that Mike Ashley has a right to demand £350m for NUFC if he believes it is worth that – but admits that such a price could end up scaring off potential bidders.
After insisting that she is not a time-waster and does hold genuine interest in buying Newcastle United in a recent interview with George Caulkin (the Times), Staveley responded to questions about Mike Ashley’s asking price and PCP Capital Partners’ approach in a chat with The National over the weekend.
Here’s what she told the National when she was asked what she made of the NUFC owners alleged £350m valuation:
“That is his right if he thinks it is worth £350m, he’s got a right to wait for the right price and that’s okay, but don’t scare off other potential bidders because there are so few potential parties that can buy it.”
Perhaps a warning to Ashley that she and PCP will walk away from any potential deal if he continues to demand a higher asking price than she is willing to pay?
As she says, he has every right to ask what he feels the club is worth (he does own it after all), but Staveley’s comments do not sound like the words of a woman who is about to pay what he’s asking.
Interestingly, Staveley played down suggestions that she would be looking to make Newcastle the new Man City, claiming Financial Fair Play rules have meant that growth is far more of a process and something that can only be achieved over time:
“We have our eyes open, we are not trying to be a Man City. When Financial Fair Play came in (is when it changed), it helped other investors. Investment is a progression, you can start as an investor and welcome new investors, clubs can grow with the same shareholder base and get bigger over time,”
CLICK HERE to read her and her husband’s (Mehrdad Ghodoussi) full interview in the National.
Let us know what you make of all this folks..