Journalist raises new Amanda Staveley fears amid NUFC takeover talk – “Seems silly to me..”

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has now weighed in with his thoughts on the Newcastle United takeover front – revealing his current concerns with Amanda Staveley.

He fears that the Dubai-based businesswomen – who is trying to broker a deal backed by the Saudi PIF – is ‘dreaming’ if she believes Mike Ashley will accept a ‘low bid’ after being hit with financial troubles following the drop in share price for Sports Direct.

Edwards also questions why the haven’t matched Mike Ashley’s asking price after a year of talks, saying haggling shouldn’t be an issue if the deal is being backed by one of the world’s richest groups in the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Hopefully they’ve done their due diligence and are simply working on a fee that meets in the middle, however I do find it odd that Edwards suggest prospective billionaire owners shouldn’t have to haggle over price just because their rich.

They’re rich because they make sound financial investments and are careful with their cash – not because they pay any old price tag handed to them just because they can!

It’s been stressed in recent days that a potential takeover is ‘closer than it’s ever been at Newcastle United’, with George Caulkin also claiming that both parties are eager to do a deal, but ongoing talk that a price is yet to be agreed (or an official bid is yet to be handed to Mike Ashley) is the one key factor that continues to leave me cautious.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

6 thoughts on “Journalist raises new Amanda Staveley fears amid NUFC takeover talk – “Seems silly to me..”

  1. its not for sale
    but it has deflected attention away from Fraser group

    how many of his trucks are currently being used by the NHS ???

    Season ticket renewal time how many of the free ones will be taking them up now ??


  2. How many businesses does Ashley pay the full price/asking price for? Edwards has sold out.
    Staveley has confirmed previously she placed three bids before Ashley, one being “A second bid worth £350m was then reportedly launched on November 10: £150m on completion, then three further payments of £50m made on January 1 for three years in succession from 2020. This offer also contained a performance-related clause where up to a further £50m would be paid, for example if United qualified for the Champions League. It also contained penalty clauses in the event of relegation and the HMRC fine too.”
    Now, FCB publicly stated he would take installments – but he also told Sky he had raised the price to £400 too. So why not report on this rather than slagging Stavelely or another bid off?
    Instead he’s been slavvering over Kenyon and telling all it’s the best chance of a sale, even though he couldn’t even raise the money required. How did he get into the ‘data room’ then???


  3. For Heaven’s sake just end this relentless torture Amanda. Give the guy what he wants and let’s get on with it. You’ll never have a better chance.
    Whether it’s an extra £20 -30m to satisfy him it will soon be recovered once this club takes off as interest and merchandising sales etc. will go through the roof.
    Reduce the extra amount from the playing purchases in the first two windows for example if needed (although with the Saudi finances that shouldn’t be necessary) but JUST DO IT NOW.


  4. Saying that the Saudi’s should just pay whatever because they’re rich is right out of Fatley’s rhetoric. Edwards is tw*t, plain and simple.


  5. @takem4mugs
    You are aware of what has happened with Man City? Uncontrollable spending by rich gulf state owners is not what they’re trying to encourage in the game. The club will only be able to spend what it generates, so don’t expect instant football manager type buying.
    And at the end of the day, the prize is winning a trophy. Is it worth spending £100’s of millions to achieve that? Perspective is perhaps needed at this time.


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