Amanda Staveley’s final brilliant act as Newcastle United co-owner is one fans will never forget

Amanda Staveley’s final brilliant act as Newcastle United co-owner is one fans will never forget

Amanda Staveley has left Newcastle United after three years as co-owner of St James’ Park.

But the Ripon financier will leave a legacy that could set the Magpies up for years to come. Staveley’s stake in the club is set to be bought out by Saudi backers PIF and CEO Darren Eales will now be the face of the football club.

However, Staveley’s latest act as co-owner and director of the Magpies was significant after navigating the stormy waters following the ill-fated Dan Ashworth affair and landing one of the best sporting directors in world football. It was Staveley and her husband who brokered the deal to land Monaco supremo Paul Mitchell earlier this summer.

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The low-key operation secured Mitchell’s services following talks on the French Riviera to give Newcastle a big chance of success in the remainder of this summer’s transfer window. His departure left Newcastle fans stunned yesterday, while club officials were also left in shock at his unexpected exit.

Staveley had previously promised to stay on until April as reports of her resigning from the board circulated. She said at the time: “Following the acquisition, Jamie and I took over as directors of all the companies until we could build an executive team.

“We remain top-co and on the Board. I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support over the past few years, and particularly those who took the time to share their thoughts.”

However, after discussions with the PIF, it was decided that Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodussi would step down from their boardroom roles. Staveley leaves a legacy that does not just include the key appointment of Mitchell.

The women’s side’s rise through the divisions with huge crowds at St James’ Park will also go down as an important part of the club’s history. Staveley also played a significant role in signing stars such as Kieran Trippier, Anthony Gordon, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak, who helped propel the team from relegation fodder to Champions League material.

Newcastle, PIF or the Reuben family are yet to comment on his departure from the corridors of power at St James’ Park yesterday. However, confirmation of a revised boardroom set-up is now expected.

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