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.

One day.



  • Alex

    At the end of the day, she saw the Match, experienced the atmosphere, heard the fans, looked at the stadium facilities, saw a team play pretty well against Liverpool and knows that there’s a great manager in situ. All that she’ll have noted, so irrespective of who invited her, it could be very useful for Newcastle’s future.

    • Leazes Ender

      Kenny Dalglish invited her. He likes to plunder United.

    • TwinFire

      exactly, they have us on their radar now, planned or not, but i suspect planned.
      Kenny: “ehm, so you wanna buy Liverpool eh? Fancy seeing them this weekend? Ill get ya crack’n seats for ighht.”
      Amanda: “All reet like. Ho ho, that was my liverpool accent.”
      Kenny: “you wha-?”
      Amanda: “nothing, oh, actually Newcastle is for sale too. Two birds with one stone, as they say!”

      Im pretty sure thats exactly what happened.

  • Wor Lass

    One good thing about this is that it`s knocked “who`s on Rafa`s Radar?” for January off the Chronic.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Ryder already on with first draft “5 Reasons why Amanda Staveley at SJP”.

      • Leazes Ender

        …. all of them will be wrong

  • Guest 2

    But more curiously, The Sun alleged she was also at the home game v Stoke.

    • Wor Lass

      Yeah – that rag has a glorious history of getting things right and telling the truth. As I said on another thread, though, “You can but hope”.

      • Guest 2

        Sit on the fence why don’t you.

        • Wor Lass

          The Sun is a disgusting rag that has a history of pedaling lies, bullying employees and hacking phones. We can but hope that someone is going to buy out the equally disgusting owner that we have. There`s no equivocation there. If I bump into you with a fence post in my hand you`d better leg it sharpish.

  • Geordie4Life

    I could honestly believe Rafa (big Liverpool links obv) has taken the opportunity to bend her ear and sell the club and fans to her!

    Can only be a good thing however it was that she ended up there…

    End of day it would be well in rafas interests for this to happen!

  • Leazes Ender

    Nasty feeling that this is about Liverpool takeover not United, and tapping up Benitez for potential new middle east owner (pic next to Amanda in oversize cap).. thus the club allowing those banners of adoration on Sunday.

    • Guest 2

      That was her husband in the cap.

      • Leazes Ender

        Was it…. has he got money?

        • Guest 2

          Aye, Mehrdad Ghodoussi. Ex banker and her business partner so I’m sure he’s as minted as she is. Not to the level of buying us like as far as I understand.

    • TwinFire

      Interesting, they buy Liverpool and bring back their messiah, promise 150mil to spend as a calculated risk. Its too good to be true for liverpool fans mind, so ill happily fear not!

      • Guest 2

        Staveley attempted to broker an investment deal for LFC last year with Everbright, a Chinese consortium. An outright sale wasn’t on the cards and Fenway Group allegedly didn’t receive a formal offer.
        She also attempted to broker an outright purchase of the Club in 2009 with a Kuwaiti group.
        The national press have been onto this story for months – though they angled towards LFC still and Spurs. No way Spurs are being sold with a new 800 million stadium on the books.
        Interesting enough to say that the last money talked for LFC was 700 million. Given our crowd, Rafa, potential and price, it’s not a flight of fancy to believe we could be contenders.

    • HappyToons

      Canny Dogleesh (as they say at Parkheed) is a non-executive director at Liverpool as far as I know so I doubt he’d be involved in or touting a takeover and it would be headlines in the Liverpool echo, so rule that one out. Margaret Aspinall was an interesting guest, but I am sure she isn’t involved either. Maybe Staveley was there with her Iranian husband as her family is in Ripon and just taking the match in. Maybe Mike Ashley promised her a 10% Sports Direct discount if she went along to stir the Evening Chronicle into 5 things we need to know about …

      I once saw Brendan Foster in W H Smith and Sir John Hall and his family outside, but I didn’t think either were about to be involved in a takeover. But don’t tell the Chronicle. 5 things we need to know about ….

      BTW I worked out you are not Mike Neville

      • Guest 2

        However, the media has been littered with stories about her company wanting to broker a deal for a PL club since last year. Never mind her previous track record regarding LFC and City too.
        She’s a player in this market and it would be silly to discount her presence.

        • HappyToons

          Agree, but it is silly to get carried away with speculation. Even if she was evidentially interested then it would be front page news in the Chron and we’d all be excited, then it would fall through just after the next transfer deadline. O’ yes when it comes to NUFC (Mike Ashley and his cronies) I am ever the pessimist!

          • Guest 2

            We won’t find out if she’s actually interested or involved in a deal until one is done.
            The Chron had no idea who she was up until recently! She’s been making football news since 2008 however.

          • HappyToons

            It is interesting she was seated so close to Rafa’s guest Margaret Aspinall, so possibly Rafa’s guest also, as she had to be invited to be sitting where she was. You can only live in hope.

          • Guest 2

            Indeed. Maybe someone smart enough can see the potential which fatty refuses to – and he refuses to fund.
            We make a tasty business case when compared to LFC. Other than their obvious on field success and global fanbase, their price is double almost what we are supposedly going to cost.
            Same size stadiums, same level of support. The club is profitable unlike LFC and has massive potential to make huge strides in commercial activities etc.
            Live in hope I do.

          • HappyToons

            One thing I am certain of is if Rafa went back to Liverpool he would tighten up that defence within a couple of weeks.

            The other thing is that Rafa is genuinely a great guy and there is no other candidate alive and kicking that I can think of that can bring NUFC and the Geordie nation together as a community like Keegan and Robson did before. He is a rare gem and the type of manager that has even young kids now wanting to wear the NUFC shirt and play for Newcastle. When did that last happen?

          • Guest 2

            Or give him the money and let him make our team and club into something it can be.

          • HappyToons

            Exactly, if that was the case I would even have patience for another 5 year plan!!

          • Guest 2

            Aye. Look at this another way for an explanation. Rafa was at LFC when Staveley twice tried to broker a purchase of the club (07 / 09) with Dubai and then Kuwaiti groups.
            And, no one has yet mentioned the possibility that she could be representing two different groups interested in both LFC and NUFC respectively.

      • Leazes Ender

        Ashley would have been there if this was to do with United surely?

        • Guest 2

          Why? Barnes is his man along with Bishop and I’d bet they were there.
          A deal like this wouldn’t be done in the ground – it’ll be done out of the public eye and involve lots of lawyers.
          That’s what makes her appearance all the more interesting – for either club.

          • Leazes Ender

            Lets hope so.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Yes it’s just as likely that this is about Liverpool as she’s twice been involved in a Liverpool takeover plan.

      However, what are you on about with the banners?

  • steve pearce

    I will patiently state this again: As she has signed a non-disclosure agreement, Amanda Staveley cannot mention anything to do with our sale. Furthermore, Livepool’s owners have stated that their club is not for sale or seeking further investment. So that only leaves on outcome – goodbye Mr Ashley……