The gloves are off for Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley.

The fight to own Newcastle United is not over yet.

In an exclusive interview with George Caulkin of The Times, who covers Newcastle United on a regular basis amongst other less important matters…Ms Staveley has confirmed that three offers have been made for the club and has given us the best background so far to what has been going on.

Whilst Mike Ashley continues to use Sky Sports and other committed press allies to push his agenda via leaked comments from ‘sources’ (Ashley’s minions), Amanda Staveley obviously feels that she has had no other option but to go public Ashley’s accusation that their bid had been a ‘complete waste of time’.

The three bids revealed in The Times exclusive are a confirmation of much that has been previously reported, even though Mike Ashley’s PR machine is now trying to prevent the situation as one where no proper offer(s) was/were made.

All three bids were made in November with the first (2 Nov) offering a guaranteed £200m on completion and another £100m in instalments if Newcastle aren’t relegated this season, her bid also wanted protection against any potential HMRC fines.

The second bid (10 Nov) saw £150m guaranteed on completion but another £150m in instalments if avoiding relegation this season, still protection against HMRC fines, plus another £50m if qualifying for Champions League (no time period stated on that but presumably by the end of the 2021/22 season when the last instalment was scheduled to be paid.

The third and final bid (so far) being one of £250m (made on 17 Nov) with no clauses.

The Times exclusive also stated that the Amanda Staveley bidders are also committed to investing at least £100 million on new players across the first two transfer windows after taking over (presumably over and above what would be available to Rafa Benitez via funds generated by the club) and another £100m on the infrastructure of the club – the essential improvements needed at the training ground and continually failing academy.

With potential relegation being a very real issue in terms, no bidder was ever going to risk buying the club as though they were buying in the summer and able to help properly dictate how the club/team would get on the following season.

Obviously that was what Mike Ashley expected and as you can see below, clearly invented rival bidder(s) to try and get more from the Amanda Staveley led bid, Ashley’s own legal representative told Sky Sports that a number of serious bidders had come forward.

Plus there have been a number of various ‘leaked’ exclusives claiming new bidders had come forward offering more than the £250m Amanda Staveley bid.

A few excerpts but to read the whole excellent Times exclusive go here (you then need to register but is initial free sign up offer and simple):

“I want to buy Newcastle – it’s hurtful and absurd to call us time-wasters.”

Staveley has been stung by that, irked by the suggestion that her pursuit of Newcastle, which has been very open, was nothing more than an exercise in self-publicity. “It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP,” the source said, which was news to her. “I’m very much still interested in buying Newcastle,” she says. “And our bid remains on the table.”

“The suggestion that we were either wasting time or not serious is absurd. It’s hurtful. Hugely hurtful,” she says.

“This is something we’ve been working really hard on,” she says. “It’s not something we’ve just thrown together. I’m putting a lot of my own capital into this and our investors, who come from around the world, include sovereign wealth funds.”

“This is an investment, but it has to be a long-term investment,” Staveley says. “Newcastle would be run as a business, but we want it to be a successful, thriving business that is an absolutely integral part of the city.”

In the middle of December, Staveley was told that “another bidder” had emerged, prepared, according to Ashley’s people, to pay £350 million. Fine, PCP said, but come back to us if you want to re-engage. Since then, they have heard nothing. Not a single thing. Which, again, hardly fits with the Ashley-sanctioned notion of “exhaustive” discussions. “Where are the other bidders?” Staveley says. “It’s been for sale for three months.”

Will it happen? “I don’t know,” she says. “I hope so.”



  • Return of the Mack

    Never been for sale. They’re in cahoots. I know this for a fact.

    • Gallowgate1982

      oooh someone on the internet who is ITK ….#original

    • Wor Lass

      Is your full name “Return of the Mackem”?

    • Phil

      Never been for sale? Incorrect.

      They’re in cahoots? You know this as fact? I doubt you even work never mind work in the circles where you would get this information!

      T!T

    • Peter Stabler

      Never been to Milan. They’re dodgin the soap. I know this for a fact.

  • Mitros gotta start

    The fat knacka couldnt even lie straight in bed…….hope the next shyte he has is runny and his finger goes through the paper

    • kingfisher

      Nice one Mitros ☝️☝️☝️

    • East Durham Mag

      Made me smile good one.

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂

  • superalansuddick

    Well, if she didn`t realise who she was dealing with before, she certainly knows now, A lowlife lying weasel is my cashley.

  • Megatron1505

    The response posted in the latest mouthpiece (Sky Sports) article is actually laughable.

    “We are not aware of a bid without clauses “

    So do we believe the court proven liar, or the unknown?

    • Damon Horner

      So rather than maintain communication and find this out, either directly or accidently, Ashley decides the best course of action is to bad mouth his only credible purchaser publically. Brainless.

  • Vladimir Biggski

    This whole charade has been played out by Ashley to provide an excuse for not spending any money on players.

    We need to be asking repeatedly where the extra tv money has gone.

    • East Durham Mag

      Lager, pies & casino/bookmakers.

      • Peaky Magpie

        And probably ladies/lads of the night 😂😂😂😂

  • Gallowgate1982

    She says all the right things and seems to love Newcastle the place and fits the bill for me, sensible long term investment using a top class manager and his knowledge is the route to a long term successful club. People who think that anyone is going to come in and spend 500mil in the first few windows is on acid. Financial Fair play wouldn’t allow it now anyway. There needs to be a proper recruitment structure throughout the club starting from the academy up and not just including players as I believe the coaching lower down is not up to scratch and this is something Ashley just has never done properly. Put all of this in place and start to build a good first team squad and then we will become an attractive proposition for better players.

    • kingfisher

      Absolutely spot on Gallowgate.Have some of these: 👍👍👍

    • Cockneytrev

      Exactly,,,,

  • kingfisher

    This is the first time that we have been given insight into what’s happening and the exact figures ! I don’t suppose any of us know the true value of N.U.F.C and at the end of the day it’s Ashleys perrogative to hold out for what he wants (regardless of the current value), as he is the owner, however the way he conducts his business is a disgrace. He has no business ethics or morality. Of course you have to be hard nosed and ruthless to become successfull, but to lie and cheat like he does is beneath contempt !

    Fair play to Amanda,when he told her there’s another buyer willing to pay £350 million.Fine she said, come back to us if you want to re-engage,no way was she going to fall for that old c**p. I would suspect even Del Boy wouldn’t come out with that one, which just about sums Ashley up!

    • Mitros gotta start

      At the end of the day you make him look stupid at your own peril….he will do what he wants and wont be backed into a corner….too many years of getting his own way….he aint going anywhere anytime soon

      • kingfisher

        Hope your’e wrong Mitros,but I wouldn’t put money on it!

  • Wor Lass

    The only question that remains, really, is , “Is Staveley in cahoots with Ashley”? I don`t see it – what on earth is she getting out of being made to look a bit of an amateur by the master of mud-slinging and wind-up? He`s tried to con them with schoolboy stories of mysterious rival bidders (a big kid did it and ran away, Miss) and now he`s trying to panic them into a knee-jerk capitulation by pretending to be done with the whole thing. As for this business of him only wanting to sell to the “right” sort of buyer, as put out by his miniature toady, the oxymoronic Wise, well, we all know he would sell the club to a consortium made up of Kim Jong-Un, Trelford Mills and Maggie Thatcher if the price was right – especially if they promised to bring JFK back as manager. I`ll take the business woman with a track record of brokering such deals over a proven liar (KK/Jonas/mouth moving at any moment!) any day.

    • Tino o

      Trelford mills 😂😂😂

      • Jezza

        The referee who gave barstewards a bad name.

        • Leicester Mag

          My dad was a deputy head master at time. Had as a 15 yr old to stop him trying to get on the pitch !

    • Toonrobbybobson

      No one would ever trust Mike Ashley based on his track record. Unless you’re the rare exception of being one ofnhis horrid mates in the inner circle anyone who has dealt with him wouldnt trust a word he says.

      He’d sell his granny if it made him money.

      He simply likes getting one over people thinking hes a clever so and so.

      Simply hes a greedy bully.

  • Peaky Magpie

    The whole HMRC saga is going to haunt Fatso,he deserves 100% everything that will be inevitabley on its way.

    • Phil

      I can see everything blowing up in Ashley’s face one day! I hope that day is soon.

      • Geordiegiants

        There is no doubt about it! 100% it will happen some day.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          That day ill get the popcorn out and tuck in to quality viewing

  • Mitros gotta start

    Ashley reminds me of cartman from south park….spoiled little fat kid that has had things his own way his whole life…..he aint gonna change anytime soon and anyone that takes him on will be destroyed by fair means or foul…..i fear he would rather destroy nufc than let someone get one over on him…..not good

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    What is and what will never be.
    Sadly we’re stuck with Ashley.
    So angry and disappointed.
    You can never believe a word Ashley says.
    #AshleyOut

  • East Durham Mag

    I don’t know if he was ever serious about selling up. I have no reason to think Amanda Staveley is lying, Fatty on the other hand is an absolute lying [email protected] People still want to go to the match and thats understandable support the team. Don’t buy a thing in the bars, food places or club shops. Its the only thing he cares about….. money.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Ive made that decision myself. Hes not worthy to own the club he doesnt look after it or consider the fans. Never has. Its used to serve his selfish purposes. Nothing less nothing more. Hes just not interested in the football side… the whole reason it actually exists.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    A couple of points from the interview. First, it confirms that the intention would be to run the club as a business, it’s not going to be some Chelsea style money pit.

    £200m over the first 12 months is great but it’s £100m for players and the words in the quote were careful, this is not £200m of new money being lent just made available.

    • Geordiegiants

      Bobbi I think we are all aware that the monsoors aren’t buying us, it’s just we want the money the club makes invested in the club. To run it as a Gucci business, not a primark.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Man united is a business. Successful enough to pay Sanchez £500k a week.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Yep, Man yoo had a plane crash in the 50’s that captured the hearts and minds of people accross the world just at the start of the Television era. Up until then, people supported their local side or perhaps Wolves who were successful but a bit early in the TV era. They also had their ground destroyed and to go with the newly found interest in Man Yoo, they had a prettier new stadium in comparison to the ramshackle stands of other sides. In being very unlucky, they had perfect storm in becoming one of the biggest sports brands in the world.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Yeah considering the tragedy I don’t begrudge them that.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The point being, they are now huge and can run things at a business and draw on their millions of armchair supporters. We can’t do that. I suggested our 150,000 die hard fans invest an average of £2,000 each to buy the club and met with horror telling me that people of the North east are all using foodbanks and can’t afford that investment for life. Man U can finance Sanchez on shirt sales.

            Yes, I’d not begrudge Man yoo their route to being the biggest club in the world.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            I genuinely dont think he’d sell it to us even for £300m. We’d have to be having more money even beyond that to have strength.

            The club ran on a fan model would be far more appealing than any other owner but the sums now in the game probably put it out of reach. Its something we should have pursued in the past or when the club is in a position of weakness.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            150,000 keen fans, £2,000 each for investment.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Hes not gonna sell it to the fans for that.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            £300m? He’d snap our hands off.

    • hetonmag

      It would be ran as a business for Newcastle United and not as we have now a business for Shyte [email protected]@@@t.

      • Jezza

        Spot on.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        It will be run as a business for someone or in this case collectively a group of investors. Investors want either income, growth or something else.

        When Ashley bought the club, he wanted both growth and the ability to promote his value for money sportswear, Sports Direct that had aspirations to expand into Europe and the far east. The sports Direct model has changed, the Far East is not a market they are pursuing with quite as much vigour.

        Not many investors put money in for philanthropy, Even Chelsea is being used to create a UK base for Roman away from Russian authorities, City is a vehicle to promote various companies from the middle east.

    • Jezza

      It’s £100 million more than that Fat Parasite has ever made available. All he has ever done is take money out of the club. He hasn’t run our club as a business he has used it as his personal cash cow and mammoth free advertising vehicle for his core sweat shop business.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        He hasn’t taken money out Jezo, you can aim a lot of things at him but you don’t need to make stuff up.

        We spent £46m last summer, that will be the levels she is quoting.

        • Jezza

          £46 million spent last summer, you say? It’s not me who’s making stuff up. You live in a fantasy world.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That is how much was spent, that’s what i mean about the careful words used. It’s not a nett spend but that was the new players that came in.

          • Jezza

            Even Fat Ashley’s most ardent hoop licker wouldn’t try and claim that the club spent £46 million on players last summer…oh wait a minute he just did.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Transfer Market claims we did

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Hes taken it in free advertising and now expecting the new buyer to pick up the tab.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Advertising is worth what £2-3m a year, the interest is forgone on the loans so what gives?

    • Cockneytrev

      “Run as a business, but a successful business, an integral part of the city”
      Not an advertising business for a retail empire,,
      Hoop licker!!👅

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        So what do you think the investors are going to get out of this? The integral part of the city bit is poppycock for the gullible, investors want something in return, I don’t begrudge that. I couldn’t care less if Mike Ashley advertises Sports Direct, we used to see Seymour sports, Shepherd Offshore, the Metro Centre good for those who invested, they get something back (although Shepherd took a lot more back)

        • Cockneytrev

          “RUN AS A SUCCESFUL BUSINESS “”
          Unlike now,,
          Hoop licker👅

  • 5floorshigh

    if after the non player investment in this current transfer window Rafa decides he has had enough and walks away……..I wonder if the Staveley offers will still be on the table or is this a clause in all 3 offers. MA plays hard ball in business we all know, but play the idiot and he will eventually fall on his own sword.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The way Amanda and her team have turned the proposed sales into a circus with the help of the clown from the times when it was supposed to be private will have not impressed Ashley or helped the sale. There were leeks to the Times and the Express from her group some of which were unfounded eg the increased bid. As usual the blame on this site lies with Ashley but this new group do not seem to have much money or disposable income . In the Summer Ashley spent nearly £50m and with the new T.V. £100M might get us a new centre half and a full back hardly exciting news.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Go support the mackems you clueless [email protected]

      • Toonrobbybobson

        He does

    • Coble’s Return

      Leeks to the Times? – any other vegetables?

    • Cockneytrev

      Hoop licker!!👅

    • Damon Horner

      I think it became a circus when a certain elegant gentleman associated with NUFC decided to not only announce talks had broken down but chose to do so in an insulting manner.

      Staveley has now put publically the bidding order they submitted and the fact Ashley had suggested he had a bigger bidder after the final one then they chose to not to follow up, either they can’t or won’t match this suggested bid.

  • Mike

    no intention of selling up…well you lying git try floggin the club when we get relegated

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Please read an excellent article in Niall s and Biffa s site which gives an insight into Amanda and P.C.P and her so called backers. Nice to read a good bit of journalism for a change.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    End if day NUFC has baggage caused by Mike Ashley himself. Badly ran and in bad shape squad wise as its been asset stripped including land as well as squad. Thats before we throw in failed transfer policies trying to be clever buying cheap for resale.

    Thats before we get to bad practices with HMRC caused by Mike Ashley. Ultimately the fans are still to pay for that mess.

    But NOOOOooooo… im not oaying for that someone else can much like his tat direct brand advertising over a decade hes never paid for.

    Someone buying the club properly for big sums off Mike Ashley will do their due diligence and make sure they are being hung up like a kipper.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Can we believe”honest”Mike Ashley……….he’s got proven history that says a resounding NO!!!!………

  • Desree

    Smart move by Staveley. This puts a tonne of pressure on Ashley.

    Back Rafa or face potential relegation and fan fury.

    This is a good battle and I get the sense Mike Ashley is being played at his own game by someone more cunning and ruthless.

  • StevieB

    Has she not violated the Non Disclosure Agreement by doing this interview ?

    • mactoon

      Not as far as I am aware as she has not disclosed any of NUFC’s information she has been given access to. In all honesty her quotes in the interview don’t even confirm details of any of the bids she has put together.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Mike Ashley having spoken out first breaking the agreement. He called off negotiations. That means the NDA is a lot weaker.

        • mactoon

          Not necessarily, it depends on the terms of the NDA. If it’s a One-Way NDA the terms would only apply to her and Ashley could say what he wants. In any event an NDA allows a ‘discloser’ (Ashley) to disclose confidential information (NUFC accounts) to the ‘Recipient’ (Staveley) and she agrees to keep the information secure and not disclose it to a third party. She hasn’t done that. Even if he walks away from negotiations, the NDA is still in force.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            They must not then. Or the NDA only covers NUFC details.

            Also they could be confident either way that neither is actually going to enforce the NDA because of the limited details given and that it would stop any sale or future negotiations.

  • Rich Lawson

    With regard to the Times article there is an interesting response quoted on another site today.My 1st post blocked for mentioning them by name ! ”We are not aware of any bid which does not include relegation clauses ” This seems to contradict the previous ”no bids” stance ?

    • Leazes.

      This site has gone a bit strange in the last couple of days.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’m curious how many people on here (and many who must stay silent) say they have been blocked for no bad language or any other presumed slight,the post is always pending but never restored after alteration and no explanation is presented,I’d like to see the site comment on this ?.

        • Leazes.

          Yeah I’ve been blocked…. very odd.

          Disqus note ‘blocked for spam’ and we are dealing with this problem…. but they’re not, methinks someone is playing silly beggars.

          • Rich Lawson

            Always ”pending” but that’s as far as it ever goes.Has anyone on here ever been told why their post has been blocked ? I really want to know.

          • goggsy

            Never,it has happened many times though.

  • mactoon

    I’m confused by all of this interview. The only actual quotes from her say she is still interested in buying the club, their ‘bid’ is still on the table and she wants Rafa to be part of the project. The details of the 3 bids set out in the interview are not direct quotes from Staveley and Caulkin doesn’t attribute the information to anyone so we don’t know where he gets the information from. For all we know the rest of the interview could be the same old assumptions which have been reported without factual basis.

  • fistsofsteel2

    These bids seem reasonable when considering the present squad are worth very little in today’s market; and the commitment to spend ‘at least’ £100million in the next two transfer windows is what the club needs.

    Ashley needs to realise the current assets – players are worth very little, and he needs to be realistic about the clubs present worth. If he’d invested money in buying quality players he might reasonably expect higher bids, but he hasn’t so he won’t get any better bids at present.

  • Kev-82

    We can keep hearing the bid is still on the table but I think Ashley has made it pretty clear he won’t be accepting it so not sure what leaving the same terms on the table is going to achieve. She’s either got to put up or shut up now, if they aren’t willing to go any higher then they need to move on.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Brinkmanship. Hes trying to shake the tree for more loose £££. There is no other bidder. It would have come to pass now and it hasnt. Staveley so far is the only one interested. Shes saying its worth £250m. Until someone else offers more thats the market rate. If it was such a bargain someone would come in with £275m, £280m, etc. They arent. The market dictates the value. Of course there is nothing stopping Ashley sticking and hoping it appreciates in value. That will be very much based on staying in the Premier League and a favourable new TV deal.

      Quite frankly its whether he takes the risk and sticks with current squad and risk his investment along with maybe needing to fund it to again bounce back (harder this 3rd time). Investing enough to enhance chances of survival and revisiting in the summer.

      The best as fans at present is that players on the fringes or not wanted by managers are moved on to free up funds. That is likely the only way we will see incomings as Ashley will gamble on safety its just the way he is.

  • ajbc

    I think Ashley is playing brinkmanship and I also suspect he won’t want to be seen to back down to a woman. He may just have played his hand too far by not selling and not investing enough to be sure we stay up.. cutting off his nose to spite his face as the saying goes.