After a whirlwind few days heading into this past weekend, Newcastle have a momentous week ahead of them as the club prepares for the first match of the new era. Steve Bruce and the squad have been off for the past three days but return for training today.
Amanda Staveley will meet with Bruce and the players this afternoon. It is expected that Steve Bruce will be relieved of his duties at some point this week with Graeme Jones inserted as caretaker manager.
While there is so much work to be done behind the scenes, the match against Tottenham on Sunday is of massive importance. Newcastle are stuck in 19th place in the table without a win and that needs to change very quickly.
The new owners are currently taking stock of the club after the sudden reversal of fortunes last week. But that hasn’t prevented them from communicating with the fans extensively over the past few days.
Staveley has become the new face of Newcastle United after a flurry of interviews on Thursday and Friday. However, we’ve also heard from Jamie Reuben as PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who has assumed a non-executive chairman role at the club.
Al-Rumayyan penned a wonderful open letter to the fans last week. He’s since taken the time to explain what his role with be with Newcastle United. Here is some of what he said as published in The Chronicle:
“Whilst we are newcomers to Newcastle, we are investing alongside people who have been committed to this Club and this city for many years.
“Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners is a key part of our investment group. Jamie Reuben and his family are already significant investors in the city of Newcastle.
“The role of my team at PIF is a bit different.
“Our job is to look at the bigger picture – so we will be working with the rest of the Board to set the overall strategy, monitor how that is progressing, and determine the changes we need to make.
“You will hear from us less often, but I can assure you that we will always be actively engaged.”
PIF has an 80% stake in the club and will basically be financing the ambitious plans of Newcastle’s rebuild. Al-Rumayyan will take a less visible role than Staveley but will certainly be involved in the key decisions to take this club forward.
The fact that he’s already communicated to the fans on three separate occasions in less than a week speaks volumes. After his statement above, he again expressed his gratitude to Newcastle United supporters saying:
“I want to thank you all for the support you have given to this Club.
“Without fans like you, there is no Newcastle United Football Club and we will never take your support for granted.”
Here is an outstanding YouTube video made by a Newcastle fan welcoming our new owners to the club.