Newcastle United are on the brink of what could be a historic takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. This, if it happens, is an event that will transform the club in the eyes of the world. But it will not, hopefully, change the culture of what makes Newcastle so wonderful.
Sheikh Khaled–Anyone But Ashley?
To be perfectly honest, we would be thrilled with reports of anyone buying Newcastle United. But the cousin of Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan? This is a cosmic shift event in the Newcastle universe.
If the latest developments are true, then things are going to get very interesting at Newcastle United. We are about to embark on a rollercoaster ride the likes of which this club’s supporters have never seen.
This is the era of social media, where the world is a very small place. In this world, we have never been successful. Are we ready for this?
We have our history, our legends, and our past. We also have a link to this club that is truly special. It is partly born in misery, in dashed hopes, but it is sealed through a connection to this club that we cannot portray through mere words.
We hope this takeover happens because Ashely needs to go. We hope the new owner keeps Rafa and gives him the financial support he needs. We hope Newcastle return to where they belong, which is battling for Europe.
We also hope this takeover is not a pendulum swing to the other extreme which so often happens in life. While we have suffered with Mike Ashley as owner, we have also looked at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City with scorn and maybe a twinge of envy.
But only a twinge because we know what they represent. We also know what Newcastle represent to its city and its supporters.
We don’t want a billion pounds spent on new players. We desire what we see as the natural order of things. That is a competitive Newcastle with players who bleed passion for the shirt.
That really is all we require.
Well, we may be about to get it. Rafa Benitez in charge of Newcastle United with a supportive owner. That is all we really truly desire.
Sheikh Khaled can keep his billions.
Just give Rafa what he requires and he will be alright with us.