Newcastle United Football Club takeover
On Thursday the 7th of October news broke that the takeover of Newcastle United was complete for a price of around £305m
After 14 long months of hard work, dedication and perseverance the club changed hands from departing Mike Ashley after 14 years at the helm to the public investment fund led by the chairman Crown Prince Mohammed.
This was news that all Geordies have been waiting for.
At stages, it looked like Mike Ashley was never going to sell the club.
The Newcastle United Football Club takeover makes the Magpies the richest football club in the world.
Despite the attempt to purchase the club Amanda Staveley and co in September of last year which was blocked by the premier league they carried on pushing.
The arrival of the new owners has got many people in the footballing world such as pundits and fans talking and wondering what’s next for Newcastle?
Some believe that the Newcastle United Football Club takeover will push Newcastle into the European spots and even a title push in years to come.
What does this mean for Steve Bruce?
It has been widely reported that the new owners are keen to bring in a new manager to replace Steve Bruce.
Heading the betting in that regard are names such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and even Premier League winner Antonio Conte have been rumoured to be in contention for the role.
Steve Bruce is highly unlikely to be in charge of the Magpies on Sunday in front of a sold-out St James Park when Tottenham travel to the North East, with Graeme Jones expected to take charge temporarily.
According to reports, Amanda Staveley and her team met with Bruce and the players of Newcastle on Tuesday 11th of October to outline their plans for the present and future of the football club.
What can football fans expect after the Newcastle United Football Club takeover?
Many football fans around the world believe that with the backing that is possible from the Saudi based consortium that Newcastle will be fighting for the Premier League and Champions League in years to come.
The Newcastle United Football Club takeover is being compared to the one of Manchester City’s when Sheikh Mansour bought the club back in 2008.
However, success isn’t expected to be seen straight away and that the plan is more long term rather than instant.
There is no denying the fact that Newcastle can now compete with anybody in world football when it comes to players wages.
Therefore it is believed by many that a couple of big named players may end up on Teeside in the next transfer window in January.
It is also expected that the training ground is to be vastly improved. This comes after Staveley called the training facilities as ‘awful and appalling’
Alongside the improvements to the training ground, it is also expected that the youth academy system will get a huge amount of investment to grow and produce homegrown talent.
What kind of players can we expect to see after the Newcastle United Football Club takeover?
Despite the huge amount of funds available it is unrealistic to expect big names players such as Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to make the switch for the black and white of Newcastle any time soon.
But this doesn’t mean that one day Newcastle will not have the best players in the world because this is highly possible.
It is expected that the manager of Newcastle whether that be Steve Bruce or somebody else will be backed and given funds in January to improve the squad massively.
Fans of Newcastle believe a squad overhaul is just as important as replacing the manager.
25% of 20,000 Newcastle fans that took part in a survey believe improving the playing staff at the club is a must-do.
Usually, as a result of players coming in this means players going out so expect a busy yet exciting January for Newcastle.
Players such as Jesse Lingard have been rumoured to have been identified as a possible target.
Lingard is struggling for game time at Manchester United and therefore may look to move on in January and could be tempted by the project at Newcastle.
Another name mentioned is out of favour Donny Van De Beek also at Manchester United.
This could be a real possibility as Van De Beek has been open about his feelings about his lack of playing time.
Also with a move to Everton collapsing in the summer, it looks like he is willing to leave the Reds.
The addition of Van De Beek will be a statement of intent for the owners to the rest of the league.
But fans believe there must be a method to the madness when it comes to the players coming in.
Mistakes will be made on the way as there was at Manchester City when they first got taken over.
It is important to keep players who know the club such as skipper Jamal Lascelles and Callum Wilson.
These types of players can set the standards and expectations of what Newcastle United is about.
Even though they may not be in the long term plans of the owners, players such as these are integral to keep the meaning of the club.
What are the long term ambitions of the club?
There is no arguing that Newcastle will improve because of the money available.
But improve how much and how fast is the question everyone is asking?
The betting odds of Newcastle winning the Premier League in the next 5 years have been slashed to 8/1. Surely that’s got to be worth a few quid?
Staveley and co haven’t hidden their plans and ambitions of the club.
Staveley says the long term plan is to challenge and eventually win the Premier League.
The new owners Newcastle believe that the Magpies will soon be at the top of English football, although they are not naive enough to think that this is going to be a change that happens overnight.
Instead, they know it’s going to take time to shape and develop the squad into what they want it to become.
Also, the new owners know they can’t go and splash as much money as they like in January due to financial fair play.
However, reports circulating in the past few days have stated that Newcastle could spend a total of £190m while still staying within the guidelines of the FFP.
There is one thing for sure the journey is going to be an interesting one and one to definitely keep an eye on.
You can watch the beginning of the new era on Sunday live on Sky Sports.
Fans of Newcastle are expected to turn up in full voice which hasn’t always been the case in the past few seasons.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting ride for the Geordie fans…..
Who will be next in the Newcastle hotseat?
Frank Lampard 4/1
Lucien Favre 8/1
Antonio Conte 10/1
Steven Gerard 12/1
Roberto Martinez 12/1
Brendan Rodgers 14/1