According to reports on Sky Sports, proposed new Newcastle United owner Amanda Staveley wants a relegation compensation clause inserted into any takeover deal, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
Sky Sports says that an offer from Staveley’s PCP partners is linked to performances on the pitch, with Rafa Benitez and his players needing to achieve a series of targets for a deal to be reached that is worth around £300m.
However, the report adds that Mike Ashley is unlikely to agree to the compensation fee if the Tyneside outfit do go down at the end of the season, which could be a significant setback on the likelihood of the takeover going through as he also values the club at nearer the £400m mark.
Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one criticised Staveley by saying that if “you buy the club you accept all potential outcomes”, another believes it is “clever business” from the successful 44-year-old.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Could be used as a negotiating tactic? PCP will remove that clause if Ashley agrees to lower his asking price?
— Martin Goodlet (@martingoodlet) November 21, 2017
Compensation for relegation? Nobody will agree that. You buy the club you accept all potential outcomes. Why should the seller pay 6 months later for a sold product that goes down in value (if relegated)? #NUFC
— DrGM (@FightingDoc14) November 21, 2017
It’s clever business by Staveley this
— Martin Garrick (@MGCOACHSALES) November 21, 2017
buying a football is a game of risk. I myself find it hard to believe that this has been requested. After all, a NDA has been signed. Why would fine line details be revealed. Speculation is the key word. Let it happen and don't speculate. You'll be doing your head in.
— paul watson (@grumpyget) November 21, 2017
Selling mid season following gross underinvestment in summer window, pretty sure I would expect that assurance too
— Pix (@ipickering) November 21, 2017
Equally, they shouldn't have to suffer financial consequences of the previous owners mismanagement, after doing proper due diligence and assessing all the risks. I assume it's in case of relegation following HMRC-related points deductions and a lack of investment in the squad.
— Andy Long (@Andy_D_Long) November 21, 2017
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) November 21, 2017