‘A strange one’ – Inside Henry Mauriss’ Newcastle United ‘bid’ amid Sheffield United link – What We Know!

'A strange one' - Inside Henry Mauriss' Newcastle United 'bid' amid Sheffield United link

The title Henry Mauriss could also be new to Blades followers, however it’s one that’s greater than acquainted to Newcastle supporters. The American businessman has been linked with a takeover at Bramall Lane, with experiences suggesting a deal to purchase the membership is being reviewed by the EFL.

A narrative revealed by the BBC final week claimed Mauriss’ firm has instructed them they imagine they’ve ‘demonstrated the monetary functionality to buy and maintain the membership’, whereas present Sheffield United proprietor Prince Abdullah is known to have performed down the possibilities of a takeover taking place as being at ‘lower than 50%’ throughout an interview with Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Yaum.

The extent of the Californian’s wealth is unknown. He has been known as a billionaire in some circles, however it’s believed he initially made his cash within the bank card and finance trade earlier than transferring into media, the place he’s now CEO of ClearTV.

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His title first surfaced in 2020 throughout a reported takeover try at Newcastle. Saudi Arabian billionaire Mohammed Bin Salman appeared all set to purchase the Premier League membership for £300million from Mike Ashley, however it hit the rocks.

It was then reported that Mauriss pounced and got here in with a £350million provide however it has since been claimed that Ashley walked away because of a scarcity of progress. On the time, the Day by day Mirror reported that his bid to purchase the Magpies was brokered by convicted fraudster Chris Ronnie – the previous JJB Sports activities chief who was jailed for 4 years in 2014 for a £1m fraud.

The nationwide newspaper claimed Ronnie introduced the Mauriss bid to Ashley. Ultimately, Amanda Staveley and Yasir Al-Rumayyan ultimately had their provide to purchase Newcastle accepted and the takeover went via in October 2021.

Was Mauriss’ bid real? Or was it a intelligent ploy by Ashley to carry the Saudi regime again into the sport?

To get the lowdown on what occurred, we spoke to Newcastle Chronicle author Lee Ryder, who reported on the takeover try. He says it was a ‘unusual one’ however the message on the time was that it was the actual deal.

What are you aware concerning the Henry Mauriss bid to try to purchase Newcastle?

“What we all know is that folks from the Mike Ashley aspect had been briefing on the time that he was a real contender to purchase the membership and that got here on the again of the Center East consortium, who now personal the membership, not with the ability to get the deal over the road with the Premier League.

“My understanding of it was that Mike Ashley had misplaced endurance with the method with the present homeowners and the Premier League after which had this bid from Henry Mauriss. We had been instructed by Mike Ashley’s folks on the time that Henry Mauriss had paid the preliminary authorized charges and positioned a bid however then the story simply petered out. It was a wierd one.

“We had been instructed by Ashley’s folks it was real and whether or not he had accomplished that to try to put stress on the bidders, the consortium and the Premier League I suppose solely Mike Ashley can reply that one.”

Sheffield United followers will understandably need to know whether or not he was real and a severe participant. In your opinion was he?

“The Mike Ashley camp had been definitely eager for the Henry Mauriss bid to be reported. It’s one which solely Mike Ashley can reply. By way of seeing affirmation of an official bid, it by no means emerged.

“Whether or not that was as a result of they’d assurances from the Premier League that the Center East bid was nonetheless attainable, I don’t know. It was by no means confirmed if a bid from Mauriss obtained so far as reaching the Premier League, however each events had been requested on the time for a response.

“The Premier League couldn’t verify that.

“Throughout most of this course of Mike Ashley was in Orlando in lockdown. He was stranded there at first of the pandemic however stayed there.

“Whether or not he obtained around the desk with Mauriss within the seek for one other bidder, when the Center East consortium deal staggered by in 2020, we don’t know for certain. However each tycoons had been in the identical nation on the identical time and the tales emerged off the again of it.”