Staveley’s ‘offer’ to Chris Mort revealed & Saudi verdict arrives from ex-FA chief – The Times

Some interesting claims have emerged from The Times today on a seemingly imminent Saudi-backed takeover at St James’ Park.

Firstly, their man in the North-East Martin Hardy claims that former NUFC Chairman Chris Mort had been offered the chance to return – but rejected Amanda Staveley’s proposal to replace Lee Charnley as our new chief executive.

Back in January, The Athletic actually revealed that Mort – who left his post on Tyneside in 2008 – was leading the negotiations with Mike Ashley’s people to try and complete a deal on behalf of this Saudi backed bid, however it seems he won’t be returning on a full-time basis.

Then to the other big claim in The Times’ piece, revealing what former FA Chairman Grey Dyke makes of recent complaints towards a Saudi takeover.

Many on Tyneside were left fearful it could all collapse after serious complaints arrived from both Amnesty International and BeIN Sports, however Dyke is still expecting the Saudi-backed takeover to go through – despite these fresh concerns.

While it all seems on track, despite attempts to derail it, we can only hope a formal announcement arrives soon to confirm Mike Ashley is officially gone.

It’s looking good, but only then can the cans be cracked open!

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About Olly Hawkins

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.

One thought on “Staveley’s ‘offer’ to Chris Mort revealed & Saudi verdict arrives from ex-FA chief – The Times

  1. Thought Staveley was going to be the Chief Executive?
    Does anyone really know what’s going on here?


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