“Not buying this”, “Been fooled” – Many Newcastle fans react to takeover update

Many Newcastle United fans have reacted on Twitter the Chronicle posted a story about the club’s potential takeover.

The outlet claim that it has emerged that Yasir Al-Rumayyan – the chairman of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund – has been linked to a £300m takeover of the club, registered a new company with Companies House just a few days before the first reports emerged of the takeover being close.

The consortium, which was fronted by Amanda Staveley and had the backing of the Reuben Brothers, was registered on January 21. Reports from the Telegraph suggest that both Jamie Reuben and Amanda Staveley are after 10 per cent, while Al-Rumayyan is wanting the remaining 80 per cent.

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As the Chronicle report, this does not allude to a deal is imminent, however, it is the first time that Al-Rumayyan had registered a company in the UK.

Football publishing editor for the outlet Mark Douglas shared the story to his followers, to which he received a pretty mixed response.

Most fans are refusing to get carried away with the rumours, considering they feel they have been here on so many occasions.

One fan even mentions how many times they have been fooled so many times before, but they are still going along with this one.

Here are the replies below…

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“One of Rafa’s mistakes”, “Better than what we have now” – Lots of NUFC fans debate 25 y/o

It is fair to say that Aleksandar Mitrovic’s spell in the north-east didn’t turn out as anticipated, but fans have recently debated whether the club was to get rid of the Serbia international.

The discussion was sparked by an article on The Chronicle, which reflected on his time at St. James’ Park, the relationship he had with the fans, as well as his acrimonious exit.

Mitrovic only scored 17 goals in 72 games for the club, hence Rafa Benitez’s decision to get rid of him, but as some fans point out below he would still be a better option than the current set of strikers.

Was selling Mitrovic a mistake?

Yes

Yes

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No

The 25-year-old scored nine Premier League goals in 2015/16, a season the Magpies were relegated in, yet Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll have managed just two league goals between them this campaign.

Despite that, many supporters still believe the club made the right decision to let him move to Fulham for £22m, as Salomon Rondon’s 11 goals and seven assists last term showed Benitez replaced him with a better forward.

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“Utter disgrace” – Many Newcastle fans furious over treatment of staff

Many Newcastle United fans have reacted negatively to the news that the club will be the first to put staff on furlough.

With talk of a Saudi Arabian takeover back on the cards, it was almost simultaneous the announcement that the club will be using on furlough.

According to the Guardian, employees were notified via emails from the managing director, Lee Charnley, explaining that football’s shutdown meant that they would need to apply for the coronavirus job retention scheme, which will see staff claim 80 per cent of wages to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

Allegedly, this includes scouts, academy coaches as well as workers form the club’s foundation charity.

Would you pay £30m for Edouard?

Only if he was less

Only if he was less

No thanks

No thanks

Yes please

Yes please

Many fans responded to the news pretty negatively, with one calling it an “utter disgrace”.

Here are some of the replies below…

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Premier League have been notified of a potential deal involving Amanda Staveley, Jamie Reuben and Yasir Al-Rumayyan – with the latter being the man that fronts the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) – meaning that a fit and proper persons test can be done to see if the potential owners are suitable to take over a Premier League club.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan and the PIF allegedly want 80 per cent of the stake in the club, while both Reuben and Staveley want 10 per cent.

Any potential progress may be delayed by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but things are reported to be ongoing again – even if Newcastle fans will refuse to get carried away by it.

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Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez sends message to fans on social media

Most people around the country, including footballers, seem to be abiding by the lockdown rules in place, but Jack Grealish crashing his car over the weekend shows that not everyone is taking the situation seriously.

He has since come out to apologise for his actions, while other professionals like Ashley Young have used social media to raise awareness about the seriousness of our current predicament.

Do you think the club will be taken over?

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Yes

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It is, therefore, a real positive to see Newcastle doing the same, with Federico Fernandez speaking directly to fans about what they must do to ensure they stay safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.

He reiterated warnings that have been made by the government – for people to stay at home in order to save lives and protect the NHS, which people have done in the main.

Hopefully players stepping up and speaking out encourages people to do as they say, as ultimately we want to see them back in action soon, but that will only be possible once the lockdown is ready to be lifted.

We saw last week that a Newcastle fan favourite, Nolberto Solano, was even arrested for breaking curfew in his native Peru, while UK citizens could face similar punishment if they are caught by police.

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“Will not be happy” – Pundit suggests £65,000 a week Newcastle player may push for summer move

Newcastle have struggled at times this season because of their poor attack, and former Tottenham player Paul Robinson hints at some possible changes to arise as a result.

In particular, he focuses on the future of Dwight Gayle, who has made a minimal impact on first-team affairs this season, although he did suffer from injury in the opening period of the season.

Despite that, he has started just four league games despite the lack of form of both Joelinton and Andy Carroll, who have a combined total of two goals from 29 and 15 respective league appearances.

The fact the 29-year-old has failed to nail down a first-team place suggests Steve Bruce isn’t his biggest fan, and in truth he just doesn’t fit this Newcastle team and our style of play.

Should Dwight Gayle be moved on in the summer?

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Yes

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No

Gayle has previously been linked with moves away, with the likes of Leeds and West Brom interested in January, and according to Robinson those teams may possibly reignite their interest.

Speaking about the potential for Gayle to depart in the summer, Robinson told Football Insider:

“If he is struggling to get in the Newcastle team Dwight Gayle will be attracting interest from a lot of places.

“Obviously he did well there, enjoyed it and scored a lot of goals whilst he was on loan. If there was an option to take him back they may look at that. West Brom, like Leeds, are light in that department.

“Gayle will not be happy sat on the bench not playing and West Brom are a potential suitor regardless of whether they are in the Premier League.”

Although Gayle clearly possesses some talent it is clear that he just can’t cut it in the Premier League, at least not for Newcastle.

It is reported that he is on £65,000 a week too which is quite a hefty amount for a bit-part player, and that means Bruce should look to move him on in the summer by actively try and get rid of him this time around.

Robinson also raises a good point about the consequences of having an unhappy player in the camp, which is particularly pertinent for Newcastle since many of our points have been won through hard work this season, with every player doing their best to contribute.

That is another reason to offload Gayle, and hopefully his replacement can allow us to improve upon a shocking return of 25 goals in 29 league games.

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“We should wrap this deal up ASAP”, “Please come back” – Lots of NUFC fans want to sign 26 y/o

Newcastle loanee Jetro Willems celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday and many Magpies’ fans were quick to wish him happy returns.

Alongside that, several others made clear their wish for the full-back to stay, having impressed so far since joining last summer.

A season-ending injury against Chelsea in January put to rest any chance he has had of becoming a key player, and though Danny Rose was added as his replacement there are still many who would prefer to see the Dutchman occupy the left wing-back role next season.

Would you sign Jetro Willems in the summer?

Yes, definitely

Yes, definitely

No thanks

No thanks

Steve Bruce made an astute decision to bring him in on a temporary basis, but the club also has the option to buy Willems for a reported fee of £10m, and a number of fans have called for them to take up that option in the deal.

The on-loan Frankfurt man has been effective in both attack and defence with 1.1 dribbles and 1.9 tackles per game, not to mention his goals against Liverpool and Manchester City.

It would be brilliant to see him back at St. James’ Park and raring to go once more, so here’s hoping the club activate that clause.

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