Wannabe Sunderland buyer William Storey has taken a swipe at Amanda Staveley and the ongoing Saudi takeover saga on Tyneside.
In a bid to win over fans on Wearside, Storey has described the Staveley-led bid as an “absolute shambles” and a “load of nonsense”, insisting that his attempted takeover at Sunderland will be “nothing like that”.
Storey, the founder and CEO of Rich Energy, has been very vocal about his eagerness to buy the Black Cats and was spotted in the area just yesterday, despite Stewart Donald being in a period of exclusivity with another potential buyer.
Here’s what he’s had to say about it all, via the Shields Gazette:
“I am a bit unorthodox and I accept that, no problem,”
“But the reality is that I know what I am doing, I work incredibly hard, I have nothing to hide, I welcome scrutiny, I know football, and I am very passionate.
“Perhaps it is unorthodox, but look at the absolute shambles down the road with the Staveley takeover that took forever and was actually a load of nonsense.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m nothing like that – some financial suit that wants to bring in moneymen, I’m not interested.
“I’m a football fan, I know the game, I’ve managed to get big-hitters behind me and I want the fans to know that because I have nothing to hide.”
From the outside looking in, this £300m Saudi bid may seem an ‘absolute shambles’, however the only shambles here is the Premier League from where I’m sitting.
Yes there’s clearly been a lot of baggage with the bid and a huge amount of issues and complaints to sort through, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of clarity from the Premier League – who’ve taken FIVE months now to complete a process that was meant to take ‘3-4 weeks’.
Perhaps Storey should focus on his own attempts to buy Sunderland, with his comments on a ‘failed’ Saudi takeover seeming like a desperate attempt to win over fans on Wearside and gain the attention of the current regime.