'Staveley and Ghodoussi leave Newcastle in better health'

Newcastle expert view

Having been convinced of its huge potential, Amanda Staveley actually made an unsuccessful attempt to buy Newcastle United herself during the 2017-18 season.

She returned as the public face of the Saudi Arabian-backed bid that, after lengthy delays, eventually went through in October 2021.

Newcastle desperately needed a fresh approach after 14 years under Mike Ashley. Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi got straight to work and drove much of the change in the early days of the Saudi ownership, including the appointment of Eddie Howe and some key signings in the January 2022 transfer window.

They have been positive and popular presence at matches, and their availability and willingness to communicate with supporters is a far cry from the coldness of the Ashley era.

Staveley has also worked closely with the women's team, who turned professional last summer and, after back-to-back promotions, will play in the Championship next season.

They took a 10 per cent stake in the Magpies in 2021, but their share was diluted earlier this year to six per cent. Could that have been an indication they were preparing to step back?

Staveley and Ghodoussi have been significant figures during an exciting era on Tyneside. They will leave Newcastle United in considerably better health than they found it - thanks in no small part to their efforts over the last three years.

That work is certainly appreciated by the fanbase.