Revealed: The man leading Newcastle United takeover talks

Chris Mort is leading takeover talks with Newcastle United, according to a report.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 9:03 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 9:03 am

Mort – who worked on Mike Ashley’s takeover in 2007 and was briefly chairman of the club – is “spearheading” Amanda Staveley’s £340million bid, according to The Athletic.

The lawyer, a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been in discussions to Justin Barnes, Ashley’s close associate, for months.

Staveley’s consortium is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Chris Mort during his time as Newcastle chairman.