An unpopular opinion on Amanda Staveley if these damning new takeover claims are true

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?

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17 thoughts on “An unpopular opinion on Amanda Staveley if these damning new takeover claims are true

  1. sickandtired:
    WTF you whining about? It’s her that’s lost £17 million!

    I’m not saying she’s a time waster and the enemy here, but where the response been to NUFC fans rallying around her?

    It’s poor that we’ve been left to wonder yet again after months of waiting and weeks of writing letters, signing petitions and building our hopes up (again).

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  2. I`m afraid the Premier League is corrupt.
    There is Qatar money everywhere you look.

    Leverage and promises .. the EPL and Masters have robbed the City of Newcastle of billions and us .. we lost years of watching the world`s best wearing b&w … cheers Masters, cheers EPL … I´ll never forget this for sure.

    #PremierLeagueIsCorrupt

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  3. Words fail me! Masters is the villain here! If you cant see that you must be Stevie Wonder! She was desperate to get the club from the fat Bastards clutches but unfortunately that utter utter ****bag Masters put paid to that with his Qatar connections and this ****bag bindipping Bastards and Spurs etc.
    Me? I hope this is still going on in background – PIF acquire us then think – Right lets ****ing steamroller these whining Bastards!

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  4. Ian Cusack:
    Words fail me! Masters is the villain here! If you cant see that you must be Stevie Wonder! She was desperate to get the club from the fat Bastards clutches but unfortunately that utter utter ****bag Masters put paid to that with his Qatar connections and this ****bag bindipping Bastards and Spurs etc.
    Me? I hope this is still going on in background – PIF acquire us then think – Right lets ****ing steamroller these whining Bastards!

    I make it quite clear in the piece that most of my anger is towards them mate!

    I’m just stating that Staveley needs to start communicating now. We responded to her plea for backing, but we now need to know what they’re planning to do next after doing our part of the bargain. Is it over or are they pushing to find a way of resurrecting it? It would be nice to know after 5 months of what proved to be false hope.

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  5. You’re swinging at the wrong opponent.

    Whether Staveley wants to re-ignite the bid or not is irrelevant – it could only go ahead again if the Saudis wanted it – they have the money.

    And they withdrew because they didn’t like where it was going, in so much they didn’t want to structure the ownership the way the EPL wanted them to.

    As the EPL have said that the only way the deal could be resurrected is ifthe Saudis do what he EPL want, and the Saudis have refused to do so then at the risk of mixing my regions the Saudis are in a Mexican stand off.

    They refuse to lose face and back down over the ownership structure, and the EPL cannot be seen to change their mind on the requirement.

    Staveley, while she should have known better, is not, and never has been, the decision maker in this.

    Essentially she was not the time waster – in both cases it was her client.

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  6. THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS CURRUPT.
    Its time we all preseds the poin home to the world and make this as uncomfortable for them as we possibly can.

    WHO`S. WITH ME…..?

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  7. The Premier League are the villains here. How on earth they think that they can publicly insult the Royal family absolute by not accepting their reassurances then ask them to go to arbitration etc is unbelievable. Our government has dealt with them for many years without problems, yet the corrupt Masters and his cronies can’t.
    I will not accept that one solicitors letter that provides more questions than answers does not let them off the hook. Get onto their website and keep the pressure on.

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  8. The EPL are simply stating that they think the Saudi State are the major owners here, which they probably are given that The PIF and the Saudi State cannot be separated due to lack of evidence to the contrary (in the EPL’s opinion)

    The Saudis have just got frustrated by the lack of progress and walked away.

    Here’s an idea:

    The PIF loan the Reuben brothers company enough money in order for them to bid for 50% of the bid, Staveley gets 10% and the PIF get 40%

    This means the PIF are not the majority owners so do not control the club.

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  9. +Look, the best way any takeover goes through is if NOTHING is in the public domain until it happens. Whether the consortium decides to return to the Premier League and its ODT is up to them and the less publicity on this now is for the best of all concerned including you.

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  10. It’s. Not the corrupt premier League who have the yes or no on the deal it’s bein sports Liverpool spurs if they say yes then marsters does what he’s told plus a nice back hander

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  11. It appears all the **** that is being bandied about by the media does not fool the fans. Everything that’s been said on this website shows we are not idiots. Messi on his way to the Toon, spending mega millions on players happy to finish careers sitting in dugout (pension). Mediocre football, all so depressing. Looks like a long season ahead and quite frankly I’m losing interest in football.
    Thanks Masters, you got what you wanted.

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  12. I used to do business in Saudi and one time negotiated a £40m claim settlement with Saudi Aramco, the state owned oil company. No major business deals or big money decisions were made other than with the approval of a commercial review board which only sat at predetermined intervals. My bet is that PIF does things similarly, by committee. It’s mainly designed to safeguard against corruption. I believe that the decision to withdraw will have been taken by that committee and that it will need to go before it once again if it’s going to be resurrected. No news (for a few weeks at least) might be good news. I can say with some experience – they never move fast ! My fingers are crossed but l’m not quite confident enough to hold my breath

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  13. Agreed. Some sort of statement would be nice. Just tell us the deal is off and put an end to sh**ty journos using it for click bait.

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