Newcastle United’s supposed takeover by some of the richest and most powerful men in the world is imminent after Amnesty International called on the Premier League to consider Saudi Arabia’s human rights record before approval is given to a Saudi-backed takeover bid of Newcastle United.
It will bring an end to Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies, after much protest over the Sports Direct billionaire’s time heading the club.
The wait for a major trophy during Mike Ashley’s tenure now extends to over half a century but it is the fact that his 14 years in charge didn’t bring any good to the Newcastle fans and they will not forget it.
Here is a review of the club during Mike Ashley’s tenure as owner
- May 23, 2007 – Ashley buys Sir John Hall’s 41.6 per cent stake in the club at a cost of £55.3m, setting the wheels in motion for a £134.4m takeover which is completed a month later.
- Jan 9, 2008 – Sam Allardyce, the manager appointed by previous chairman Freddy Shepherd shortly before Ashley launched his takeover bid, is sacked only eight months into his reign.
- Jan 16, 2008 – Ashley delights Newcastle supporters by persuading Kevin Keegan to return to St James’ Park for a second spell as the club’s manager.
- Sep 3, 2008 – Keegan’s second coming is short-lived as he resigns due to disagreements over the club’s transfer policy, later winning a £2m pay-out for constructive dismissal.
- Sep 14, 2008 – Ashley announces he is putting the club up for sale after angry fans launch protests in wake of Keegan’s departure.
- April 2, 2009 – Having taken Newcastle off the market and appointed Joe Kinnear as interim manager, Ashley hands the reins to another club legend in Alan Shearer.
- May 24, 2009 – Shearer is unable to prevent Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League and leaves the club soon afterwards.
- April 5, 2010 – Newcastle secure promotion back to the Premier League under Chris Hughton after promotion rivals Nottingham Forest fail to beat Cardiff.
- Dec 9, 2010 – Ashley hires Alan Pardew to replace Chris Hughton with the club sitting 11th in the Premier League and only a few weeks after a 5-1 win in the derby against Sunderland.
- Nov 9, 2011 – Ashley sparks fury among supporters when he announces St James’ Park will be renamed the Sports Direct Arena.
- Sept 27, 2012 – Ashley causes widespread bafflement when he hands Alan Pardew a new eight-year contract as Newcastle manager following a fifth-placed Premier League finish.
- Feb 4, 2014 – Joe Kinnear leaves Newcastle for a second time, this time following a chaotic stint as the club’s director of football, during which he gave an infamous interview to TalkSport in which he referred to Yohan Cabaye as ‘Yohan Kebab’.
- March 11, 2016 – Rafael Benitez is announced as Newcastle’s new boss, replacing Steve McClaren, who had taken over from John Carver, Pardew’s replacement, 10 months earlier.
- May 25, 2016 – Benitez delights Newcastle supporters by agreeing to stay at the club despite their relegation to the Championship.
- April 24, 2017 – Benitez secures promotion back to the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Preston North End.
- June 30, 2019 – Fans are left dismayed once again as Benitez reaches the end of his contract and leaves the club following 10th and 13th-placed Premier League finishes.
- July 17, 2019 – Ashley makes the unpopular decision to appoint Steve Bruce as Benitez’s replacement and #BruceOut immediately starts trending on Twitter.
A deal for the club is thought to be imminent and could be finalised by the end of today after it was announced that Saudi Arabia has lifted a long-standing ban on beIN Sports from broadcasting Premier League games in the country. With the matter now resolved, a £300m-deal is expected to be completed within the next few hours.
The impending new owners of Newcastle want to significantly improve the club’s youth academy and aim to win the Champions League.
The takeover will be a huge news for the Newcastle fans who will be excited by the prospect of them winning major trophies as well as having some superstar signings arriving at Tyneside.
Also according to reports from the dailymail, Newcastle will top the charts for RICHEST owners in world football once £300m Saudi takeover is complete with their £320BILLION fortune more than 10 times higher than Man City’s owners and even dwarfing Qatar-controlled PSG.
This news will somehow signal a bad news for current manager Steve Bruce as he’ll likely be replaced with one of the most decorated manager in the world.
Some of the reactions of The toons fans on social media:
‘Bring back the entertainers. Bring back European nights. BRING BACK MY NEWCASTLE UNITED. #nufc #nufctakeover,’ one excited fan wrote.
‘WE’VE DONE IT!!! WE’VE F***ING DONE IT!!!’ another exclaimed, followed by a series of money bag emojis to reflect the incoming cash injection the proposed owners are expected to provide.
Another supporter wrote: ‘I’m ready for it all. This takeover feels like the love of your life keep walking out, and coming back promising to change. Yessssssss.’
From the reactions above, it shows the fans are really happy about this takeover and we can’t wait to see what awaits for the club in terms of trophies and transition into a football powerhouse.