This is what Amanda Staveley has said about Newcastle United

A lot has been written about Amanda Staveley since she was first photographed at St James's Park.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 12:17 pm

However, Staveley has, at least publicly, said very little since first attempting to buy Newcastle United more than two years ago.

The financier is fronting a new bid backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund – and a £340million takeover could be finalised by the end of this week.

A source close to Mike Ashley, United’s owner, labelled previous discussions with Staveley “a complete waste of time” in January 2018 after they broke down.

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At the time, Ripon-born Staveley responded in an interview with The Times. She labelled the claim as “hurtful and absurd”.

Staveley also spoke about her interest in Newcastle – the club and the city – and the North East itself.

“They’re such passionate fans – and it’s a great club,” said the 46-year-old. “I’m a northerner. My family home is an hour away from St James’s Park.

“I just love football, and Newcastle has a proper history and a real magic. That passion of the fans is vitally important when you’re looking at a club, because you know that you’re a custodian.

“I’m also a passionate believer in investment in the North East, because I know it’s tough. A lot of great things are happening in the city – we’ve got friends, like the Reubens (David and Simon), who have invested there – and it’s a really special place, with its own identity. It is absolutely unique.”