Time for Amanda Staveley to up her interest – Maybe £400m isn’t too much after all?

By Richard Johnson

Until Mike Ashley sells Newcastle United Football Club there will always be rumours of him selling it. How genuine his attempts to actually do so are questionable, but there’s a feeling that he does want out this time – he’s just a stubborn seller.
 
Am I an Ashley fan or hater? I say this because the Toon Army faithfully always group you as one or the other. I sit on the fence from a far.
 
Is Mike Ashley the ideal owner? No. Is he the worst owner? No. He is on the scale of course, but looking back at the failing of other clubs (Leeds, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and the scum next door) it’s fair to say it *could* be worse.
 
So the £400m valuation. Staveley clearly does not value the club at Ashley’s selling price. Thus the deal wasn’t completed in January and thus Mike Ashley still owns NUFC.
 
My question is this – how can Staveley not rate us as a club worth £400million?
 
The facts:
 
  • St James Park – a 52,000 stadium packed out every week. A one club city that lives and breathes football.
  • Rafa Benitez – A world class manager at the helm who WILL deliver success if given the right tools. Adored by fans.
  • The Premier League income and esteem of being in the top flight.
  • A playing squad with plenty assets – Jamaal Lascelles a skipper to be proud of and a future England international.
  • Training grounds must be worth a quid or two – although this is an investment opportunity given how poor ours currently are compared to many of our Premier League rivals.
 
Roll forward 12 months or so. Imagine a miracle and we qualify for Europe after Benitez is given the backing he and we deserve. This would up our exposure and our income. What would we value the club at then?
 
For me, Newcastle United football club is worth at least 400 million. The Fulham owner wants to buy Wembley for 600m – and that is just the stadium. This is an entire football club and one with huge potential under Rafa Benitez.
 
I live in hope.
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14 thoughts on “Time for Amanda Staveley to up her interest – Maybe £400m isn’t too much after all?

  1. I think Amanda Staveley is just a chancer. Backed with more millions than Old MackemDonald, but a chancer, all the same. Serious owners just suddenly appear, without the pantomime we have endured. 😯 👿 😥

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  2. I dont think staveley will come back if was going to she wouldv by now but i do think the signings of KI & MUTO could drum up take over interest around asia

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  3. If Staveley offered Ashley 400 million he’d just up his asking price to 450 million.
    Man is just a greedy ba****d and has no intention of selling up. He makes too much money for himself (125m – where has it gone?) and national exposure for his tat empire for no cost to him.
    He is a leech and an embarrassment to this club and the city.

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  4. It was all a little too public
    I think if we ever (and that’s a MASSIVE if) get a new owner we will hear next to nothing until its all but done.

    The optimistic part of me thinks:
    -next to no investment
    -a series of loans and freebies
    -clearing the deadwood
    -balancing the books
    -paying off old loans (some very old) this and last year

    All these things make it feel like some body is getting prepared to sell

    The pessimistic part of me says:
    -its mike ashley very little makes sence
    -its mike ashley very little gets spent
    -its mike ashley very little bothers him
    -its mike ashley very little ambition
    -its mike ashley very little intention of sellinh his cash cow
    And
    -its mike ashley

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  5. Is it possible that Ashley wants the money he loaned to the club back and is using the TV money do so? It would make the club a more saleable asset with that loan paid back and it would effectively be debt free and living within its means or so we’re led to believe. If that’s the case let’s hope it does finally lead to a sale and an owner who has ambition & integrity. I do think Ashley is gambling on staying up for another season rather than kicking on which is extremely frustrating but with a minimal spend last year why would he realistically change it.

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  6. I’m sorry but that’s not how a business works, as you’ve gave no financial reasons why the club could be worth £400 million. Unfortunately we’re not worth £400 million as we don’t even own the land our stadium is built on as it’s on a very long lease.
    Our training and youth facilities aren’t that good and are below par compared to a lot of clubs.
    Due to the clubs assets, financial standing and income and expenditure we’re with closer to the £300 million mark.

    You can’t compare our value to Wembley either for the £800 million that’s been offered as it’s in London and it comes with all the land around it which is available for development. If you built a Wembley in the North it wouldn’t be worth the same amount, nor cost the same amount to build.

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  7. Big D – Re your first sentence:
    If that were the case wouldn’t it be shown on the books at the end of the year and wouldn’t Ashley’s loan go down as would the value of the club for a sale?
    Unfortunately I think we all know the answer to those questions.
    We’re talking about one really professional and devious, book-cooking individual here.

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  8. Ok. How much was Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd worth 10 years ago compared to now. With good management and an owner who is prepared to invest in a fantastic club can take NUFC to that level. Man City is a perfect model to work from and nobody can deny that. I say time for change and in the long term it can and will be achieved. Rafa will sign a long term contract then HAPPY DAYS. Ashley go sell your SD tat and let the professionals deal with the club you Toss*r.

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  9. He sets a price..pretends he is desperate to sell. When a serious off comes in he ups his price. A fat bullied at school ****** with too much money and its all just a game to him. He is ill in the head..twisted. Someone one fay will do him in though

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  10. The fat ******* will sell up when I win the lotto and that’s never gonna happen because I don’t do the lotto. I won’t buy any of Ashley’s **** from his shops and while he’s the owner I will never go back to SJP. We have a world class fan base, a brilliant stadium, one of the better managers around (how long for is questionable tho) and who knows where we could go with the right backing. But it won’t happen unless fat boy is forced out somehow. Would I like to see a empty SJP every week? No. If in three or four months time when the fat **** was losing money at the club then yes I would love to see a empty SJP for that time. In the end it would be worth it just to get rid of him

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  11. Well said… Exactly my sentiments .
    IRWT HTL

    Danny:
    The fat ******* will sell up when I win the lotto and that’s never gonna happen because I don’t do the lotto. I won’t buy any of Ashley’s **** from his shops and while he’s the owner I will never go back to SJP. We have a world class fan base, a brilliant stadium, one of the better managers around (how long for is questionable tho) and who knows where we could go with the right backing. But it won’t happen unless fat boy is forced out somehow. Would I like to see a empty SJP every week? No. If in three or four months time when the fat **** was losing money at the club then yes I would love to see a empty SJP for that time. In the end it would be worth it just to get rid of him

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  12. Also very interesting is that Amanda to this date, has not walked away and the offer is still open. WHY?? Could it be that once the window closes and all dealings are done, she and fat boy can finalize a deal. He already has the TV rights to pay his loan back and then sells and disappears into the sunset (not forgetting his SD signs).

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