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.”



  • Leazes Ender

    …’With average gates of over 51,000 last season though, you wonder just how many supporters the club could attract’………

    52,000

    Ashley has taken Strawberry Place land…. thats the limit matey

    • S.G.M.

      Oh no it isn’t!!

    • Little Pedro

      Built above the East stand couldn’t they ?

      • BillytheFish

        Can’t because of the buildings behind, also St James has a problem with the pitch, natural light etc….So a 80,000 stadium in Leazes Park has to be the way forward, with hotels, shopping, bars etc..

      • Whitehurst

        Grade listed buildings might be an issue fella.

        • Leazes Ender

          Grade 2 listed facias….. you can move it

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      nothing to do with a small car park on Strawberry place and you know it but you keep on lying

  • Peaky Magpie

    Noel Gallagher hasn’t half aged on that photo above !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The media will have her dressed as Wonder Woman next.
    If as reported she wants to make herself chief executive then it may well happen
    The guy who owns Man C has £38 billion in the bank, his wife`s father happens to be the ruler of Dubai so we will never match that lot

    • Allan Kidd

      You have just put it into perspective…a bottomless pit of money comes to mind.

  • Rich Lawson

    Oh,that’s a surprise thought it was going to be Graham Porter admitting to supporting Sunderland !

  • S.G.M.

    The Porter Pap just keeps on coming.

  • Philip Dean

    city are backed by a wealth fund of a trillion pound eg 1000 billion no chance psg a wealth fund of 300 billion maybe the rest you can compete with, ps gate receipts are about an 8th of revenue

  • TheNutJob

    Just build a new stadium on the Toon Moor,
    job done in 18 months with a gang of pikeys

  • mentalman

    or she could spend nothing and get us relegated

  • Steve Pearce

    Graham Porter you are nothing but a stinking Makem bag of shyte and you have no right to be staff writer for a Newcastle United fan’s publication.

  • Paul Patterson

    Ifs and buts. Let’s just secure the takeover first.

    • Martin Rooney

      are you involved?

  • East Durham Mag

    Lets not try to run before we can walk. Wait until the horrible block of lard actually efs off.

  • TheFatController

    Mike Ashley may tell us he doesn’t have any money now, but I don’t believe him. But he certainly doesn’t have elegance ….

    I’d take any owner no matter what level of elegance or money they had so long as they respected the fans and club values and maximised the club’s revenue potential to spend the lot on players and facilities.

    And take those SD logos down.

    That alone would get me crowd funding a statue …

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    It’s all well and good saying stuff like we’ll be as big as X,Y,Z, But we have no idea who the backers of Staveley are and what they are worth.

  • nufcslf

    It needs the official sale of the club first and being on the realistic side of this season is still about survival and build from there. The odds of another Keegan rags to riches in short time is unlikely with the stupid money for player’s and location being the all important clincher. Wait and see and you never know.

    • Martin Rooney

      The riches were borrowings and we are still paying for them, and there was no success.

  • Kev-82

    Sick of all the speculation, plenty of takeovers end in disaster so don’t mind if I don’t get hopes up and just see what the future brings. Not sure why everyone thinks a new owner always has to equal somebody willing to spend on the level of the top clubs, if it happens great but I wouldn’t expect it. You just have to look how good the foreign investment in the likes of Blackburn, Villa, Sunderland, Cardiff & Birmingham went for an example that it doesn’t always have to turn out great.

  • crazygun

    Another problem for anyone buying the club is that the ground and land belongs to the freemen of the city.Could be a stumbling block

  • Wor Lass

    As far as I`m concerned, we ARE a bigger club than Man City – we`ve just been cr*p for a few years.

    • Martin Rooney

      whats the qualifying status for big and or bigger?

      • Wor Lass

        It`s all in the mind, Martin! But it helps if the fans stay to the end of the match.

  • Ollie

    The big investors seem to be people in it for the ride and who want to buy success. I can’t see an investment firm behaving in a similar fashion. Surely they’ll be looking to run the club exactly like Ashley has, as a business with the bottom line and the share price being the most important.

    • TheFatController

      Difference being they would hire people capable of maximising revenue, player development and transfer negotiations by employing the best people.

      So not the likes of Dennis wise, Charnley and Carver, I’d wager….

      • Martin Rooney

        Yes of course cos amanda staveley is a football person

  • Martin Rooney

    Unless its someone willing to lose £750 million then there is no chance of NUFC matching what Man city do. Of course there is always the argument that any new billion spender entering the market attempting to succeed with a new club will just surge transfer prices and wages further. Making football even more of an odious display of greed its not good for any of us if this spiraling drain on the average guys cash continues. I’d like to think that I’d do the decent thing and chuck my season ticket in if we became a rich arabs sp*nk bucket, which is all man city have become.