By Dr Dan Plumley

10th Jan, 2022 | 8:30pm

Finance guru 'shocked' after Mike Ashley news emerges from Newcastle in last 48 hours

It is a “shock” to see Amanda Staveley and former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley involved in a mystery legal dispute.

So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the dramatic developments involving the pair of financiers.

Per the Daily Mail last Saturday (8 January), Ashley is launching a High Court legal action against Magpies co-owner and director Staveley.

The details of the case are undisclosed, and representatives of both parties are yet to provide any clarity on the situation.

Staveley was the public face of the deal when the Saudi-led consortium took over from Ashley in a £305million deal in October 2021.

She and Ashley appeared to enjoy an amicable relationship throughout the long-running negotiations, and the takeover was not a hostile one.

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Staveley even praised Ashley’s “commitment” in the club’s New Year’s message to supporters.

Plumley admitted he is baffled by the unexpected turn of events.

“From what we saw, the relationship seemed to be okay,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“So far, there is no explanation about what this is about yet either. From the outside looking in, everything seemed to be going fine.

“Nothing surprises us much in football nowadays but I’m as shocked to see this as everyone else was.”

It has been widely reported that Ashley is launching a takeover bid to buy embattled Championship side Derby County.

The 57-year-old is set to step down as CEO of his retail empire Frasers Group in May.

In other news, ex-Fifa official reveals “referee confusion” as controversial Jonjo Shelvey footage emerges from Newcastle United.