The Northern Echo report today that Mike Ashley has accepted he’ll be in charge of Newcastle United for the 2020/21 season, with Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners ‘seemingly unwilling to reignite their failed takeover bid‘.
The Press Association have also offered an update on the situation this afternoon, saying Ashley is trying to keep the Saudi-backed bi alive, but the buying side have ‘shown little appetite for resolving the issues which prompted them to withdraw their bid last month‘.
With this and the takeover silence over the past few weeks in mind, I’m starting to really lose my faith in Amanda Staveley.
It felt a bit rich of Mike Ashley to brand her a ‘time waster’ after her first failed bid a few years ago, however she now looks set to come out of a SECOND bid that’s ended in tears looking like anything but our saviour.
I appreciate that her and the team behind this £300m Saudi-backed bid have put a huge amount of work into the potential purchase of our club, yet I can’t help but feel let down by the lack of response we’ve had from her after an entire fanbase rallied around her plea for pressure on the Premier League last month.
She spoke to the NUFC trust and urged fans to put pressure on Richard Masters and Co in any way they could in a bid to revive a £300m deal. We did exactly that, with over 100,000 signing a petition and thousands writing to their local MP to demand answers. The NUST also held a meeting with top flight chiefs and got a response saying ‘the door is still open’ if the buying side are willing to compromise.
The Premier League’s answers weren’t exactly all that helpful and raised as many questions as they did answers, but it’s now been almost a fortnight since Masters batted the ball back into the buying side’s court – yet we’ve been left with no response from them, no statement to give us clarity and instead a wall of silence followed by a report stating Staveley and Co are unwilling to reignite their bid.
I’d rather hear ‘it’s over’ and know for sure what’s going on, not be fed the odd glimmer of false hope or be totally mystified how a rally to get this bid back on the agenda has suddenly gone quiet despite an entire fanbase uniting to support a cause they urged us to fight for.
The Premier League have treat us with total contempt throughout this process and are the ones I hold the most anger towards – they remain the ultimate enemy in all of this – however there comes a point where Amanda Staveley and Co need to provide some clarity on what happens next (if anything).
Maybe the Northern Echo and PA Sport are making assumptions based on their silence and they are in fact doing their bast behind the scenes to find a compromise, however it would be nice to know what’s going on.
We’ve been left in the dark for too long now and after months of false hope, exhaustion and ultimate heartache, the least we deserve is some communication from Staveley’s side now we’ve done everything in our power to support her cause.
We’re still fighting for this takeover. The question is – are you, Amanda?