Amanda Staveley was involved in helping to broker the takeover of Manchester City in 2008.
Now nine years later she is heading up a bid through her company PCP Partners to try and complete the purchase of Newcastle United.
Monday brought breaking news of a bid ‘in the region of £300m’ but the response from journalists briefed by the Mike Ashley side, claimed the offer was nowhere near that figure AND it included various clauses. Clauses said to include compensation to be paid if relegated this season.
The latest figure to be circulated on Wednesday has been one of £350m, supposedly the figure Mike Ashley would be prepared to deal on.
Wednesday has also seen somebody declare ‘If Ms Staveley succeeds there is a very real possibility that those Magpies could become just as big as Manchester City.’
Before somebody sounds the ‘Deluded Newcastle fan’ klaxon, it is actually a Sunderland fan who has come out with it.
Colin Mafham writes for The Express and he says ‘As a Sunderland fan it pains me to say this’.
His knowledge of what is or isn’t happening in north east football may though be on a par with his Express colleagues, one of who invented the ‘Newcastle United will have £500m to spend on new players’ if the Amanda Staveley takeover happens.
I say this because he adds ‘With virtually guaranteed gates hugging 60,000 every fortnight Newcastle have long been the archetypal sleeping giant’.
Sunderland fans are more used to exaggerating the gates that they get at the Stadium of Light rather than how many fill St James Park, Newcastle’s stadium with a capacity of fifty two thousand plus loose change, an arms length ‘hugging’ when it comes to having ‘60,000’.
With average gates of over 51,000 last season though, you wonder just how many supporters the club could attract, if two factors fall into place.
Ambitious new owners and imaginative idea on how to expand the capacity of St James Park.
Lets get the ownership issue sorted ASAP though and we can then all dream of what could be possible in the future, once Mike Ashley has been shown the door.
Colin Mafham writing in The Express:
“I have always had a penchant for elegance and money – and Amanda Staveley ticks the boxes on both counts.
“With £300million to spend taking over Newcastle United the woman who heads the PCP Capital Partners investment group looks a rather better bet for the beautiful game than Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct giant she hopes to buy the club from.
“As a Sunderland fan it pains me to say this, but if Ms Staveley succeeds there is a very real possibility that those Magpies could become just as big as Manchester City, whose takeover by Sheik Mansour she also helped to broker.
“With virtually guaranteed gates hugging 60,000 every fortnight Newcastle have long been the archetypal sleeping giant just waiting to be woken.
“Ms Staveley might just be the woman to do it.”