'She wasn't to be beaten' - a tribute to Newcastle United takeover queen, Amanda Staveley

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This week brought the Newcastle United bombshell news that Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi’s association with the Magpies is set to come to an end.

Nearly three years down the line from the PIF-led takeover of the club - first brought to the Saudi table by Staveley and Ghodoussi - they are set to sell their now 5.7% share in Newcastle and end their day-to-day running of the football club.

Amanda Staveley, British business professional and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi gesture prior to the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 03, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.Amanda Staveley, British business professional and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi gesture prior to the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 03, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Amanda Staveley, British business professional and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi gesture prior to the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 03, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. | Getty Images

For many Newcastle United fans, the decision was met with sadness, especially as the pair are known as one of the major reasons as to why this new dawn, of which the Magpies are currently living, is even a thing.

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However, all good things must come to an end and it seems the pair are set to exit St James’ Park, largely, with their heads held high having delivered a return to Europe’s top table - the Champions League - just two years after brokering the £250million buyout of Mike Ashley.

It must be noted, of course, that things haven’t all been plain sailing, though, especially not the last six months or so with PSR concerns and the Dan Ashworth saga.

In the above video, Newcastle United writer Jordan Cronin, fresh from his stint on a Cypriot sunbed (he’s on holiday at the moment), gives his take on the huge news at SJP - and what Staveley and Ghodoussi meant to the club, the fans and more.

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