There’s a report in the Chronicle today that Amanda Staveley and the consortium she has put together have been working hard behind the scenes over the last six weeks, which has been an anxious time for Newcastle fans everywhere.
It’s now exactly six weeks and two days since the takeover paperwork was presented to the Premer League for their approval, and it seems one of the most difficult owners’ and directors’ tests the PL have ever had to conduct.
Well, this is Newcastle, after all.
And Amanda has already had some conversations with City counselors on how they together can make Newcastle United the center of life in Newcastle.
That shouldn’t be too difficult.
Amanda Staveley – working hard behind the scenes
Here’s an interesting extract from Mark Douglas’ Chronicle report today:
“There’s been contact between the group and executives at the city council over plans for the future, with at least two long conversations being held recently to discuss how United could be at the center of civic life in Newcastle.
Possible renaming of the number nine bar – with the possibility of returning it to the original which bore Alan Shearer’s name.
Newcastle United will revert back to thinner stripes in a return to a more classic black and white home shirt next season.
It’s understood that this deal has been one of the most complex the Premier League has ever dealt with.
No doubt commercial and retail will be two areas looked at by any new custodians of the club.”
The first line of business will be to identify five or six new signings in this summer’s transfer window (whenever that is) who can help transform Newcastle on the pitch, and a clearout of current players is also on the agenda.
But the new owners cannot do those two things without first identifying who the new manager will be.
It will be a surprise if it’s not either 48-year-old Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettini or former boss, 60-year-old Rafa Benitez, who remains very popular with fans on Tyneside.
The training center needs to be upgraded or a new one built at a new location.
An alternative solution would be to pull down the existing building at Benton and build a new one in place there.
The new consortium will also make an attempt to communicate constantly with the Newcastle fans.
St. James’ Park could also do with a makeover before next season starts, to return it to its pristine condition.
And longer-term the new owners will be looking at how St. James’ Park can add 8,000 additional capacity to take it up to 60,000.
There will also likely be a queue for season tickets, and it’s going to be so exciting for our fans and the Cty of Newcastle.
Massive changes are planned, but this will all take time, but it’s important that Amanda and the new owners make a good start as owners.
That could be by starting with a press conference – carried out remotely – on what the vision and initial plans and targets are for the new Newcastle United.
good excellent to us.