Newcastle United supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side’s poor run of form continue with a 3-1 defeat to Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday, thus extending their winless run to six matches.
Rafa Benitez’s men had halted a run of four straight defeats by drawing 2-2 at West Brom in their preceding outing, yet they were unable to get back to winning ways for the first time since October 21 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They did take the lead against the Blues through Dwight Gayle’s second of the season, yet that was as good as it got for the travelling Magpies faithful as a brace from Eden Hazard and an Alvaro Morata header sealed a relatively comfortable victory for Antonio Conte’s side, in turn securing a tenth win of the campaign, and at the same time instigating Newcastle’s fall to 15th place in the table.
Consequently, there have been many deflated Magpies fans in the Tavern this week, and their mood is unlikely to improve if a recent report from The Daily Telegraph is anything to go by, which suggests that Amanda Staveley’s proposed takeover of the club is in doubt.
The businesswoman was seen back in October watching Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool to raise speculation about a possible takeover, which developed even further soon after when owner Mike Ashley placed the club up for sale.
And since then Staveley has made an unsuccessful bid of less than £300 million for the North East giants, and she has reportedly not made an improved offer since to throw the potential takeover into huge doubt.
And recent reports suggest that discussions have reached a ‘stalemate’, which is unlikely to thrill our resident Newcastle supporters, many of whom have been encouraged by reports of a possible takeover, alongside Ashley’s seeming desire to sell the club.
However, given it has been a while since Staveley made her opening offer, there is much discomfort among Magpies fans as to whether a takeover will indeed go ahead.
Landlord’s verdict: Newcastle United supporters were rejoicing back in October at news that owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale, with almost all of them aware that they need to take a new direction to re-establish themselves as a Premier League club.
And interest from businesswoman Amanda Staveley only added to their optimism, however recent reports suggest that things aren’t quite going as well as Magpies fans would have hoped, with Staveley yet to return with an improved offer after seeing a bid rejected two weeks ago.
And with talks having reportedly reached a ‘stalemate’, and Staveley’s bid also thought to be the only one on the table, there is increasing pessimism among our resident Newcastle fans that further bad news off the field is to follow their recent on the pitch struggles.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!