Amanda Staveley, co-owner of Newcastle United, has declared that before the acquisition of the Magpies also a purchase of FC Chelsea stood to the debate. “We had the opportunity to look at Chelsea – a wonderful club,” she said on Thursday at a press conference of the Financial Times.
Ultimately, it has been for the team, a consortium around Saudi Arabia’s state funds (PIF), however “only one club and it will only give us a club,” said the British businesswoman clearly. Nevertheless, they hide sympathy for the blues and their outgoing owners Roman Abramovich, who officially made his sales efforts.
“I’m really sad that someone has to give his football club because he should have a relationship to someone,” she said regarding the ratio of Abramovich to the Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, whose attack on Ukraine sanctions for Russian oligarches like Abramovich abroad could move. “I’m not thinking that the fair is, frankly. But we ultimately have to wear the consequences for all our relationships.”
The acquisition of Newcastle in October 2021 went over the stage in cooperation with the capital company PCP Capital Partners and the RB Sports & Media. In addition to PIF boss Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Staveley of PCP Capital Partners and Jamie Reuben of RB Sports & Media also acquired a seat in the board.
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According to British media reports, investors paid 300 million pounds (approximately 350 million euros) to the previous owners Mike Ashley in the Newcastle fans. The Saudi Arab Fund under the influence of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is said to hold 80 percent of the shares. Even by massive investments in winter, the Magpies were most recently removed from the relegation places in the Premier League and in the future strive for much larger.