All the reports of the Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 match centred on three things: the performance (of both sides), the scoreline, and the presence of Amanda Staveley.
For anybody who has missed it (read up below on our article yesterday), Amanda Staveley made headlines because she is an entrepreneur/dealmaker, who is said to manage a $28billion private equity fund on behalf of investors in the Arabian Gulf and Asia.
She was involved in helping to do the deal that saw Manchester City sold in 2008 and admitted in July this year that she was involved/interested in helping to try and purchase other Premier League clubs, with Liverpool and Tottenham reported to be the two that were mainly being targeted.
With Newcastle fans desperate to see ambitious new owners taking over from Mike Ashley, Amanda Staveley’s presence in the St James Park Directors Box was bound to get tongues wagging/hopes up.
One of the big questions that was repeatedly being asked by both media and fans was, who had invited her to the game?
Tuesday morning has seen Clubcall report that their information is that the person who invited Amanda Staveley along to the game, is none other than former Newcastle manager, Kenny Dalglish.
Dalglish is also of course a former Liverpool player, captain, manager, role at the youth academy (appointed by Rafa Benitez), ambassador, manager (again), and currently he is a Director at Anfield.
Many of the more respected journalists covering Newcastle United were at pains to say Amanda Staveley wasn’t at the game as a guest of Newcastle United.
If she was indeed there as a guest of Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish then who knows what it means, if anything.
We live in hope.
The Mag – 2 October 2017:
The appearance of Amanda Staveley at the Newcastle v Liverpool match, almost managed to overshadow the actual game.
Sitting in the Directors Box at St James Park, a lot of people were putting two and two together and getting an answer that would see us waving goodbye to Mike Ashley very shortly.
Mike Ashley has once again claimed he is willing to sell the club and there has been a lot of smoke and mirrors in recent days/weeks, with reports of possible talks and signing of non-disclosure agreements to allow potential buyers to view the finances/workings of the club.
After over 10 years of Ashley rule, no wonder so many Newcastle fans though are still sceptical that the owner has any intention of selling, especially with repeated claims that he always has an asking price that is way above the actual worth of the club.
Little wonder considering all of the free worldwide exposure it gives his retail empire.
Amanda Staveley is a 44 year old English entrepreneur who has made her name as a dealmaker and has done deals worth billions of dollars in the Arabian Gulf.
She runs the $28billion private equity fund, PCP Capital Partners, which is an investment vehicle for investors in the Arabian Gulf and Asia.
When in London this summer, Amanda Staveley was reported to be looking to put together deals to buy two Premier League clubs.
In an interview she admitted that she was looking at the Premier League and that clubs in the English top tier were an ‘attractive investment’. No deals as yet have been done and Staveley refused to name the clubs she was looking at – but they were reported to be Liverpool and Tottenham – each with a potential price tag of up to £1bn each.
Amanda Staveley also has history, having been involved in an ultimately aborted 2007 deal, which saw Dubai investors attempting to buy Liverpool. Then in 2008 she advised on the deal which saw Manchester City sold to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.
No wonder Newcastle fans could be forgiven for getting a little bit excited yesterday, when the entrepreneur/dealmaker made an appearance on Tyneside.
However, the usually very reliable George Caulkin, who covers the north east for The Times, has given us a bit more of an insight into Amanda Staveley turning up at the game.
Caulkin says that the businesswoman was present in an unofficial capacity and associates of Amanda Staveley made clear she was simply on Tyneside with friends.
The man from The Times adding that there have been no direct discussions between her and Ashley and not even any formal communication between Amanda Staveley and the club.
Whilst it was maybe asking a bit too much for two plus two to simply make four for once, it isn’t all doom and gloom because of course nothing to say why the likes of Staveley and investors from the Arabian Gulf & Asia wouldn’t consider Newcastle as an option to buy.
George Caulkin also adds that he understands that leaving aside Amanda Staveley for a second, there HAVE been talks with other potential buyers in the past month. With ‘several interested parties’ having signed non-disclosure agreements with Newcastle United
As supporters we are left on a knife edge, as you can’t help but think about the possibilities that could/would open up with ambitious new owners of the club, but at the same time remembering all the false dawns throughout the last decade, when the club was allegedly set to be sold.