It could only happen at Newcastle, where the Premier League’s owners and directors test has dragged on for five weeks and one day now and has been openly discussed around the world.
That’s because of a few things, with one being that nothing is ever easy for Newcastle United – it’s in our DNA.
But with the £300M bid, led by Amanda Staveley being backed 80% by the Saudi Arabia Wealth Fund – that has piqued interest because of the Saudi’s awful human right record.
A Saudi TV channel beoutQ has also allegedly been stealing the Premier League signals of the games put out by Qatar-based beIN Sports, and that has caused some calls for the deal to be turned down.
We suppose the good thing after five weeks of scrutiny by the Premier League is that the deal is still alive, and the longer it goes, we are hoping the less chance it has of failing.
We are hoping that’s the case.
But once the deal is given the Premier League’s blessing, we can all celebrate, and the anxieties will lift.
We can then all look forward to years of Newcastle United becoming and staying one of the best clubs in world football.
Amanda Staveley – likely to run the club as the new CEO
There has been a Sky Sports Football podcast, where reporter Keith Downie and former Newcastle center-back Seve Howie have been discussing the takeover.
Here’s some of that Steve has said today:
“I think one of the key words is excitement.”
“Also hopefully being in a position where the fans can dream a little. I think when Mike Ashley took over that was a possibility, but the fans very quickly realized that wasn’t going to be a possibility.”
“Fans will have seen how desperate the situation was at Manchester City and look at where they are now, look at the money Roman Abramovich has brought into Chelsea as well.”
“Manchester City were in a lot worse a position but to have people coming into the club which have the financial backing they say they have.”
“Newcastle fans are thinking, ‘can we dream once more, can we recapture the era under Kevin Keegan when Sir John Hall and Freddy Shepherd were in charge?'”
“They’ve had 13 years of broken promises.”
“You look at the number of times Newcastle have struggled and you think, ‘we’re looking forward to the transfer market and thinking we need A, B, and C to help the squad’ – and sometimes there was nobody who came in.”
“I think the Newcastle fans, if this hopefully goes through, then they have got something to look forward to.”
It’s not only the team that will improve, but the infrastructure of the club will be upgraded too.
And the new owners have promised to invest £200M over the next three years in both team and infrastructure improvements.
Notice that’s in addition to what the club makes from our revenues, which will rise based primarily on increased commercial payments, but also on (hopefully) finishing a lot higher in the Premier League.
Every home game at St. James’ Park is also likely to be a sellout, and season tickets will be in really high demand.
good, great fantastic to us.
And we’re sure the owners will keep a close watch on the Financial Fair Play rules, so we don’t run foul of them, as both Manchester City and PSG have in recent years.
Manchester City have been barred for the next two years from European competition for not abiding by FFP rules.
What do you think?