Richard Branson seems to be happy that Newcastle have made it back into Europe for next season.
Richard Branson – in Newcastle trying to impress with his footballing skills
One of Richard’s companies, Virgin Money, bought out Newcastle’s former sponsors Northern Rick and Virgin Money became the sponsors of Newcastle’s shirts earlier this year.
And just in time to wear the new logo on the famous black and white strips, when we took Manchester United apart 3-0 at St. James’ Park in early January.
Virgin of course is a very well run company, and we’ve always thought the logo looks great on the Newcastle strips.
When Richard came to visit Newcastle during the unveiling of the new sponsorship deal, we thought he may even take over the Stadium naming rights.
But no company seems to interested in that, and the fact that Newcastle fans are dead against it – will not help the club sell those rights anytime soon.
A few days ago Richard wrote a congratulation piece on his blog, and this is what it said:
“Congratulations to Newcastle United for such a brilliant season.”
“It is a privilege to sponsor the club with Virgin Money, and it’s great to see the team bring so much joy to the fans in the north east of England and around the world.”
“I got the chance to meet some of the players when we launched Virgin Money in Newcastle earlier this year, and I think it’s fair to say our name on the shirts has been something of a lucky charm! ??”
“Well done to the manager Alan Pardew and everyone at Newcastle United for making it into Europe – roll on next season.”
It’s good to have Richard talk about Newcastle in such positive terms – and it’s right that Newcastle have done very well since Virgin took over the sponsorship of the shirts in early January.
And it’s very good to have the well-known Billionaire involved at Newcastle.
And we also hope that Mike Ashley got a decent deal on the sponsorship with Virgin Money, and that the deal included a clause for extra payments in case Newcastle made it into Europe for next season.
With the way Mike Ashley operates his businesses, we are fairly confident he did just that.
It’s great to have Richard on board for Newcastle United.