‘Amanda Who’? Newcastle Captain Lifts Lid On Newcastle Takeover

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After needing to double-check who Amanda Staveley was because he did not have her saved in his phone, Jamaal Lascelles revealed the “goosebumps” moment she called him to ensure the Newcastle acquisition was happening.

The Newcastle captain, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News for the first time since the takeover, which was financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, says the team is “surprised” by what has transpired but “eager” to show themselves.

Lascelles initially met Staveley and her co-owner and husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi on Monday at Newcastle’s training field, although his first contact with her was a surprise phone call 30 minutes before the announcement last Thursday.

“I was sat at home with my kids and my partner and my phone rang. It was Amanda. I was like ‘Amanda who?” He told Sky Sports News.

“I didn’t have her number saved. Then she was like ‘Amanda Staveley’. So I ran into the other room and she just introduced herself and said ‘as captain, I just wanted to let you know the takeover is going to happen in 30 minutes’ time, and we are looking forward to getting started’. It was fantastic.

“I really appreciated it. It made me feel involved. I got goosebumps.

“Then they came in on Monday and showed their appreciation, which was great. They just seemed like real genuine people and want to build a relationship and communication with us, which I think is so important.”

source : skysport

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