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Amanda Staveley Set to Depart Newcastle United after Three Years



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Amanda Staveley, along with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, is preparing to end their association with Newcastle United, marking the conclusion of their involvement with the club spanning almost three years.

Staveley and Ghodoussi entered the scene at Newcastle in October 2021 when Saudi Arabia‘s Public Investment Fund acquired an 80% stake in the club, with Staveley and the Reuben Brothers each holding 10% shares.

The duo played vital roles in the club’s operations, including the appointment of Eddie Howe as the manager and facilitating key player transfers, such as Bruno Guimarães and Kieran Trippier arriving at St James’ Park.

Staveley’s influence extended beyond the men’s team, with a focus on elevating Newcastle’s women’s team from the fourth to the second tier of English football.

Following a successful season where Newcastle secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League and earned a spot in the Champions League, Staveley, alongside Ghodoussi, is now poised to part ways with the club.

The pair’s departure comes amidst the recent appointments of Darren Eales as Newcastle’s chief executive and Dan Ashworth as the sporting director, hinting at a shift in the club’s management structure.

While Staveley’s share in the club has decreased to 6%, with the Reuben Brothers upping their stake to 14%, the specifics of the transfer of her remaining holdings to the PIF or the Reubens remain undisclosed.

Despite facing legal challenges, including a bankruptcy claim from Victor Restis, a Greek shipping tycoon, Staveley remained a prominent figure at Newcastle until the decision to part ways was reached.

The recent sales of players Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson, along with the recruitment of Paul Mitchell as the new sporting director, signal the end of Staveley’s chapter at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United has opted not to provide comments regarding Staveley and Ghodoussi’s impending exit from the club.

Rachel Adams

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