Amanda Staveley is now identifying targets suitable for roles at Newcastle United, according to The Chronicle.
It is thought Staveley would be keen on a huge shake-up on how the club is run if a takeover was successful, with a preference to revert Newcastle back to a traditional ‘board room’ set-up.
The Chronicle also claim Staveley is ‘bullish’ about her hopes of brokering a deal, with her Saudi-based buyers remaining confident ahead of upcoming talks.
At present, Lee Charnley is the sole director in charge of running our club, with Ashley choosing to do things on a shoestring budget – even paying him a measly £150,000 a year according to the last financial accounts, which is a small pittance compared to other Premier League clubs managing directors.
Someone who is believed to have been headhunted by Staveley for a role at St James’ Park is Jamie Rueben, who is currently on the board at QPR.
Jamie’s father David and uncle Simon are the well documented ‘Rueben brothers,’ who are said to be part of Staveley’s consortium in any deal to buy the club.
Worth a cool £18billion and ranked as the 2nd richest family in the UK, the duo could be massive players in helping to get this club back to where it belongs.
Putting the feelers out for candidates to work at the club under the new regime is a sign of confidence from the Staveley camp – and a big hint that they’re bullish about their chances and preparing to take over.
The Chronicle reports that paperwork has been put into the Premier League this week but no funds have been paid at all as of yet – something that will be an obvious stumbling block to Ashley.
It still remains to be seen whether the new takeover talk is worth getting excited about or simply a way of producing news throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
With the whole Newcastle United fanbase in mind, let’s hope it is the former!