It is now a year and a day since Sky Sports brought us the news that ‘Amanda Staveley has tabled a formal takeover bid for Newcastle United Football Club in the region of £300m and they hope to get exclusivity on talks this week.’
It all seems like a dream now, a really bad dream.
It is difficult to believe now the optimism you couldn’t help but feel at the time, no matter how much we had got used to disappointment and false hopes during a decade and more of Mike Ashley.
Rather than headlines claiming interest in buying Newcastle United and adding a nationality to the word ‘consortium’, here was a proper person and now Ashley’s mates at Sky Sports were reporting it as fact that a realistic sounding offer had gone in for the club. Later, George Caulkin of The Times confirmed that he had been shown proof that there had indeed been three different offers made for the club by Amanda Staveley and her investors.
There was still a fear that Mike Ashley had no intention of selling and just as he had done for the previous 10 years since supposedly putting NUFC up for sale, the clubs owner was indulging in media games and toying with the hopes of supporters.
Sure enough, Mike Ashley and his people then engaged in a war of words using the media, claiming eventually that it was he who had supposedly been messed around by Amanda Staveley, rather than the other way round.
Whatever the truth of that, it doesn’t then explain what happened with the other numerous serious bidders for the club, Ashley’s legal representative stating on Sky Sports that these people existed.
If Mike Ashley truly had/has NUFC up for sale at a realistic price, why has there not been a single bid acceptable to the owner?
It is now 366 days later and we had a January window where Rafa wasn’t allowed to buy any players, only loan signings, then in the summer Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ profit on deals, now we have a crucial January 2019 transfer window in six weeks time and left wondering what new lows he (Ashley) can take us to.
The nightmare goes on.
The Mag – 20 November 2017:
Amanda Staveley has made a ‘formal takeover bid’ for Newcastle United.
Sky News are reporting that Staveley’s company PCP Partners have made an offer ‘in the region of £300m’.
As part of their formal offer it is said they want ‘exclusivity on talks’.
“PCP Partners headed by Amanda Staveley has tabled a formal takeover bid for Newcastle United Football Club in the region of £300m and they hope to get exclusivity on talks this week.”
It is exactly 50 days since she attended the Newcastle v Liverpool match and was first introduced to Mike Ashley’s representatives at the club.
That introduction was said to be not arranged and contact information exchange
However, since then, Mike Ashley made public that the football club was up for sale.
This then followed by reports that Amanda Staveley and a number of other unnamed potential buyers had signed non-disclosure agreements.
That allowed interested parties to examine the books ahead of a prospective bid.
Little else has been on the minds of Newcastle fans so hopefully this is the next stage towards Mike Ashley leaving Newcastle United.