Amanda Staveley has now got to the stage of signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Newcastle United.

The usually reliable George Caulkin, who covers Newcastle United (amongst other things) for The Times, has broken the story.

Caulkin saying that a meeting between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley’s representatives had happened at the weekend, with the NDA now in place.

This update in The Times says that Caulkin’s sources have indicated that Staveley is expected to put in a bid shortly, with a desire to get something sorted as soon as possible, just as Mike Ashley similarly wants (by Christmas), allegedly.

A report in the Financial Times on Tuesday claimed that their sources had informed them that a further meeting between Amanda Staveley and Ashley people was scheduled for Tuesday (17 October) but neither the club or Staveley/PCP Capital Partners would confirm that meeting was taking place.

We are still in a place of wondering what to believe, a combination of many years of mistrust in both Mike Ashley and the media, meaning Newcastle fans are bound to adopt a wait and see policy.

However, there is no denying that the thought of Ashley’s departure and new ambitious owners potentially before Christmas,, is quite intoxicating.

In the last 24 hours all of the newspapers have carried some kind of update on a possible Newcastle United takeover but as always, difficult to make out who, if anybody, knows anything.

The pressure on them to come up with something new is overwhelming, to sell newspapers and get clicks, so even if they know nothing they have to produce something for their bosses and their readers.

Obviously, you tend to depend on the reputation of whoever is claiming an update, as to how strongly you believe something is likely to be true. George Caulkin is about as good as they come in that respect, so at the very least, if he is quoting sources then I believe they exist, rather than being made up ones.

Let’s hope what they have been telling him is true.

Whilst some have claimed that if an ‘Amanda Staveley’ purchase happens at NUFC, it could actually be her buying the club in a personal capacity/her company. It is surely all but certain that if a deal is made, then she will be fronting it on behalf of another investor/investors, which is the main part of her business, being a dealmaker.

George Caulkin of The Times:

“Amanda Staveley is expected to launch a bid for Newcastle United, according to sources in the City, after the British businesswoman held a constructive meeting with the club’s hierarchy.

“Staveley, who runs PCP Capital Partners and is reported to control £28 billion of investments from the Middle East and China, is understood to be pushing for a speedy purchase.

“She met Lee Charnley, Newcastle’s managing director, and Justin Barnes, a long-time associate of Mike Ashley, the owner, after the recent home match against Liverpool, a club Staveley has previously attempted to buy.

“More progress was made at another meeting this weekend. The same City sources said that Staveley and Newcastle had signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

“Neither party was prepared to comment last night.”

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The same George who said Amanda was a guest of Liverpool at the recent match and was not interested in buying Newcastle only Liverpool or perhaps a club in London yes very reliable.

    • Tynewalker

      George is one of the most reliable journalists around. He is also very supportive of Newcastle and has no time for Ashley.
      Unlike you who has a pop at George at every opportunity.
      Last time you criticised him for working for the capitalist Times while supporting Ashley, probably the most unacceptable face of capitalism.
      Your post was so predictable.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        George from the times, Luke Edwards the Telegraph and sometimes Simon Bird from the mirror love causing the unrest among the fans and disharmony at the club. These papers love it
        when the fans protest no wonder some of them have been banned.
        They do not print a balanced view just a one sided attack on Ashley
        where the truth is some what in the middle.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          When Luke Edwards was at the chronicle he was the only one who told the truth .. that’s why he was banned from Ashley Utd and the brown noses like Ryder stayed

    • Geordie-7676

      Have you considered that George may of been fed a bit of a red herring when she was first spotted there?

      The thing about Caulkin is he only reports stuff when he is given information from a credible source. If his credible source was told to tell him that she was there for liverpool, then why would George report otherwise.

      Nothing is ever as cut and dry and you seem to think it is…..just like Stavely putting a bid in is not set in stone just because george has reported it……the one thing that you can guarantee though is that this isnt just made up like the rest of the gumph we see in the press – he will of been told this by someone…whether it be true or not we wait to see!

  • Leicester Mag

    Let’s hope this is true. Can’t wait to see all the direct rot advertising in a skip.

    • Alex

      Oh, that would be a lovely photo opportunity!

    • Steve Smith

      It may not go. The new owner may decide to invoice Ashley for it or it could be kept up and used as a leverage to reduce the asking price of the club.

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s excatly what is going to happen. That’s why the parasite is talking about deferred payments.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Let’s hope there’s room in the skip for Beardsley, Moncur and the rest of his sychophants, both inside and outside the club.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Never forget the enablers

      • Albert Stubbins

        thats not on mate- Beardo is the best payer in living memory weve had. I went to after dinner talk in with him before xmas and he’s no sycophant for Ashley. He loves the club, fans the lot. He has total faith in Rafa not the ownership he made that clear- what do you want him to say like? he works for the club ffs- I dont like my boss but I wouldnt go round calling him to everyone. leave the king out of it you’re out of order.

    • Lofty

      But he told us no one wants to buy that advertising space Leicester 😂

  • foggy

    Whoever buy’s the toon it will probably mean the end for mr moncur and mr charnley. Looks like Santa might be coming early this year.

    • Oldgeordie

      I would be happy if he came at Christmas never mind early.

      • HappyToons

        You should be happy you’re still alive and make xmas!

        • Oldgeordie

          Steady on pal I’m only 81.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      And Beardsley.. the lad couldn’t coach junior school football

  • 1CC

    “The pressure on them to come up with something new is overwhelming, to sell newspapers and get clicks, so even if they know nothing they have to produce something for their bosses and their readers.”
    A bit like the mag then
    or as I like to call it Moans and groans

  • steve pearce

    Where Reuters lead others follow – an new owner by Christmas and a Jeremy Corbyn Government by the way the Tories are crumbling! What an excuse to celebrate the ancient festival of Yule that the God-botherers nicked!

    • Sad

      A Jeremy Corbyn Government you say? Better get those grass soup recipes at the ready.

      • Geordie-7676

        That’s if there is any water left for the stock after they have to sell it all to fund all the ‘free sh*t’ they are going to apparently give everyone.

    • Geordiegiants

      Whooo who, Jez taking over, every thing will be free and nobody will have to work, and all the lazy work shy people will get their benefits back. What a winning formula.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Shut up and stop spoiling it you mental socialist Marxist treason loving tramp

    • wow steve you provoked a few plastic geordies didn’t you: gotta be plastic as there’s no tories in the north east…is there? well none thatll own up to it anyway.

      • Geordiegiants

        Proud and happy to want to work me pal!

        • Aye and many proud labour people too, its in the name you see.. labour!!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah the labour of old, now they want a namby pamby state ran by a lunatic that has escaped the asylum. Just because your grandad and grandad before him voted for labour, doesn’t mean you can’t move with the times.

  • hetonmag

    Like everyone else I’m always sceptical where Ashley is concerned, but I have seen a change in Rafa’s body language ever since Staveley was spotted at the Liverpool game. I certainly think Rafa knows what’s going on behind the scenes.

  • Rich Lawson

    Go girl !

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    This could really happen !!! We could become a proper club, with ambition to punch its weight at the highest level … TEN years of Ashley plus the last years of the Hall/Shepherd era when mistakes mounted up and direction was lost .. this could be wiped away before Christmas… dare to dream!

  • TheFatController

    ‘Both parties have signed an NDA’

    “Neither party was prepared to comment last night.”

    Can anyone else see the link there ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    i`d hang fire with the celebrations because if she`s offering £300m the Fat Lad won`t sell for that, i think the 350 mark & he`d blink.
    remember the Pie Mam didn`t get to be a billionaire through being soft

    • cmrowley

      I’m not sure… torn on this I am. Ashley Holdings owns all the imaging rights to nufc. Logos, names etc.

      On one hand, if he sells and there is a huge investment in the team he’ll gain from the increased sales and the pennies in the pound he’ll receive from merch.

      But given he’s a greedy blighter, he may want top dollar as well.

      I’m worried potential buyers will see how he’s got the image rights stitched up like rangers and they will walk.

      He’ll be able to say he tried to sell, couldn’t agree and now we all need to settle down and survive at bear minimum in the PL.

      While I hope this sale and investment happens, history suggests we’ll be left hanging once again.

      • The sort of money involved, i dont see them buying the club without the imaging and merchandising rights.

        • cmrowley

          Exactly, neither do I. That’s why I think it will all fall down. As much as I dislike Ashley as the owner of NUFC and abhor his moral and ethical business practices, I begrudgingly admire him as a business man. He appears to walk on the right side of the law and makes sure he is in a position of strength when it comes to negotiating.

          He’s put the club up for sale (again), how real this is has to be looked at in the light of history. Each time this has happened there has been sufficient obstacles put in front of any potential buyer (buy a box to show you’re serious etc.) to ensure the sale didn’t go through. Wor Mike then gets to continue running the club without investment, taking the benefits of owning the club and the money from merch.

          As I said earlier, I hope the sale goes through, I’m just sceptical and don’t really see any reason not to be.

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s exactly what he is trying to do, that’s why he is offering deferred payments.

  • nufcslf

    Please just be true, enough is enough of Cashley’s mickey mouse circus.