Fan Zone: ‘Newcastle could be the richest club in the world and get relegated.’

Dee from Back of the Nest, Soph from Ladies in Red and Callum from Kopish all had plenty to say on the recent Newcastle takeover in this week's episode of Fan Zone...

Matthew Crist

Newcastle are now the most wealthy club in world football following their £305million takeover from the Saudi Public Investment Fund [PIF].

PIF is funded by crown prince Mohammaed Bin Salman, who has a net worth of around £320 billion, and the Toon Army are now dreaming of success thanks to their newfound riches.

And with the St James’ Park outfit said to be ready to splash the cash over the next 12 months and beyond, the North East could be a potential destination for some of the best players in the game.

So what will this all mean for a club that has not won a major trophy since 1955?

Newcastle fans

“I think it’s going to take a bit of time,” Dee from Back of the Nest said on this week’s episode of Fan Zone.

“I’m not buying into this instant success thing.

“First of all, the people who have bought Newcastle, are they competent to run a football club?

“It’s not all about money, if that was the case then the Premier League would end in a similar fashion every single season, it’s about what they are going to do with the squad.

“Right now people are buying into the hype surrounding the likes of Mbappe, Lewandowski and Neymar.

Newcastle 2021

“But in all honesty, if Newcastle do go down that approach, they will have some world-class players but the rest of the squad will be bang average.

“Right now, let’s be honest, Newcastle are in a relegation battle, they’ve struggled so far this season.

“They won’t be bringing anyone in until January and there are still plenty of games to be played before they can invest in the squad.

“Imagine being the richest club in the world and getting relegated in the same season.

“I think it is a possibility if they don’t do things accordingly and rush the process.”

Since the takeover last week, which brought about the end of Mike Ashley’s 14-year association with the Magpies, speculation has been rife as to what the future holds for current Toon boss Steve Bruce.

The former centre-back is due to take charge of his 1000th game as a manager against Tottenham on Sunday.

Though rumours are that he will soon be leaving the role he has held since 2018.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Lucien Favre are all names that have surfaced in the past seven days as possible replacements for Bruce should he depart.

“There’s all this talk of new signings but the new signing has to be a manager,” Soph from Ladies in Red explained.

Steve Bruce

“A new manager is a must for them and with Bruce in charge, it doesn’t matter who they sign, they’re still going to be playing lump-it football.

“The style of football they play, I really feel for Newcastle fans. They’ve got a great fanbase, a great stadium and entertaining football is a must.

“They’re constantly in a battle to stay up and always seems to go on a run of games at the end of the season that keeps them in the Premier League.

“With all this money now, the fans want to be entertained and if you want to attract big names then the club needs to be playing attractive football.”

Other topics debated on this week’s episode of Fan Zone include; whether Manchester United are a better side with Ronaldo and how important the January transfer will be in deciding the outcome of the title race.

You can watch the full episode here…

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