Simon Jordan has ripped into Amanda Staveley, labelling the new owners of Newcastle United a “laughing stock” following our failed attempts to appoint Unai Emery.
The former Crystal Palace owner, who has had previous altercations with Staveley on talkSPORT, blasted our new owner for appearing to brief the press too early, before any agreement had been reached with the Villarreal boss.
He also claims that Staveley has a history of allowing things to play out in the media, referencing last year’s takeover saga and those leaks stating Steve Bruce would be sacked before the Spurs game – only for him to remain in charge for the first game under new ownership.
It has now been over two weeks since Bruce moved on, with the Emery snub leaving supporters increasingly concerned that we still won’t have a new manager in time for Saturday’s trip to Brighton; our fourth game since the takeover went through.
Various outlets – including The Mail (Craig Hope) and The Times (Martin Hardy)- were reporting on Tuesday like they’d been told Emery’s arrival was imminent, yet the ex-Arsenal boss committed himself to the La Liga club in an official statement less than 24 hours later.
The 50-year-old is said to have been unimpressed by the leaks, especially when they came before a deal had been struck and just hours before his side’s crucial Champions League clash with Young Boys.
As a result, talkSPORT presenter Jordan thinks our new ownership have shot themselves in the foot:
Some of what Simon Jordan says may be true – the owners need to learn from this – but “laughing stock” is a bit rich from a man who called the takeover “deader than a dead thing from dead land” just a few weeks before it was passed by the Premier League!