Amanda Staveley is back talking about Newcastle United after a year – Wants to buy a club
Amanda Staveley hasn’t been seen/heard of since her bid to buy Newcastle United came to nothing over a year ago.
Mike Ashley accusing her of having just been a ‘timewaster’ when no sale happened.
However, George Caulkin of The Times reported that Amanda Staveley had shown him that three different offers had been made to Mike Ashley to buy the club.
With another year gone by and yet another media circus, this time surrounding a supposed Peter Kenyon bid to buy the club, not surprisingly the Newcastle fans see the overwhelming fault being on the side of Mike Ashley when it comes to no sale happening. Especially when it is now 11 years since he first claimed he was definitely going to sell NUFC.
Amanda Staveley says that she and her company PCP Capital Partners still find Newcastle United ‘interesting’ and that they are also still looking to buy a club.
However, she claims the interest isn’t restricted to just Newcastle United, although she states that Mike Ashley calling her a timewaster is ‘water under the bridge’ and she has no issue with the FCB…
One thing she has made clear is that if any buy out of Newcastle United, or any other football club happens, it will be reliant on investors: ‘We are sensible people who invest other people’s money.’
Though she claims her company would also put ‘our own capital in’, any buyout would clearly rest on wealthier people being the main financiers behind it, rather than the daft claims from some media that it would be Amanda Staveley solely financing any takeover of Newcastle United.
Amanda Staveley was accused by some, including Ashley’s people no doubt, of just using Newcastle United to boost her own personal profile.
Whatever the truth of that, all Newcastle fans want to see is somebody credible to buy the club. Which for most fans now, is simply anybody who isn’t Mike Ashley.
Very difficult to see how anybody could do a worse job.
People may point to the likes of Blackpool and Bolton who have had a horrendous time but in reality, Newcastle United are a very different level, and a possible third relegation in only these last nine Premier League seasons says everything about Ashley’s running of the club.
Amanda Staveley speaking to The National:
“We are big fans of Newcastle, big fans of the team.
“We have no issue with Mr Ashley, that [the ‘timewaster’ claim] is water under the bridge.
“It’s still an interesting club to us, the fans are fantastic, but we are looking at a lot of clubs.
“I’m a total tomboy, I’m a football fan, I enjoy it very much.
“We are sensible people who invest other people’s money.
“We would also put our own capital in – of course we would. But with financial fair play rules, all football clubs have to be financially stable.
“I am hugely proud of Man City – we are not looking at creating another Man City in terms of the huge levels of investment they’ve had on players.
“But what I love about Man City is how they have invested so well in Manchester, in the area. That’s really important, and the sort of thing we would want to do elsewhere.”
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