GMB: Richard Madeley clashes with guest over Newcastle takeover
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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley has been caught up in a war of words with Serie A bosses after the Saudi PIF snubbed the idea of an Inter Milan takeover. According to Staveley herself, the idea of an investment had been researched, but she suggested the management of Serie A is currently in a bad place.
Inter parted company with Antonio Conte at the end of last season due to a need to sell players in the transfer market, and more sales may be needed in January.
Still, Serie A President Paolo Dal Pino has bitten back with vengeance, throwing a clear dig at Newcastle for good measure.
“If she has preferred to invest in Newcastle over Inter or Milan, we see that she likes small cars and not Formula 1 cars,” he said, according to SportMediaSet.
“I would prefer to have 90% of something that will be worth £25billion in a few years, compared to 100% of something that is worth £17bn and maybe less in a few years.
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“Serie A is made up of many brilliant entrepreneurs with a majority that wants ideas and changes.
“We see that it is a great opportunity because it has unexpressed potential like no other league.”
Dal Pino was merely the latest figure in Italy to fire shots in Staveley’s direction.
Luigi De Siervo, the league’s CEO, also claimed that the Magpies co-owner’s daming assessment of Italian football was motivated by ‘sour grapes’.
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“Whoever has made this statement proves that they do not know football and Italy. Probably they did it only to favour their own investment.”
Despite having upset those elsewhere in Europe, Staveley may not be too caught up with the digs thrown her way as new manager Eddie Howe prepares for his first game as Toon boss.
After a lengthy manager hunt, the former Bournemouth boss was appointed during the international break and will be tasked with turning the Magpies’ season around.
At present, they are the only Premier League side without a win after 11 games.
A lucrative January transfer blowout could get them heading in the right direction, although their £200million permitted FFP spend over the next three years is unlikely to be splashed all at once.
As a first course of action, keeping Newcastle in the Premier League would be a necessary step to keep the Serie A doubters quiet.
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