Adrian Bevington is Middlesbrough born and bred and supports his local club.

Working on local newspapers in his early career, he eventually ended up as Club England Managing Director for five years between 2010 and 2015.

Still keeping a keen eye on his native north east, Adrian Bevington forecasts exciting times ahead for Newcastle United.

Speaking to The National, a UAE based newspaper, he says ‘Newcastle is a wonderful opportunity’.

Bevington believes that a new owner with ‘financial muscle to be able to buy, and more importantly, invest in the club’, can bring back the kind of ‘vibrant’ days experienced under Kevin Keegan.

He also cites the presence of Rafa Benitez as a major factor, describing him as ‘one of the more highly regarded managers in European football’.

Certainly the goodwill Newcastle fans have for Rafa Benitez, has only been matched or exceeded by Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, in the past 40 years or more.

As those two United bosses proved, if you can get Newcastle United on the rise then the momentum of the club can be formidable when everybody is pushing together.

Like everybody else, I just can’t wait for the takeover to actually happen after 10 years of Mike Ashley and the final chaotic years of Hall & Shepherd.

Adrian Bevington talking to The National:

“Newcastle is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has the financial muscle to be able to buy, and more importantly, invest in the club.

“By buying top players and attracting them to Newcastle, the club can be vibrant again, like it was in the 1990s under Kevin Keegan.

 “Newcastle have not won a trophy for nearly 50 years. For a club like Newcastle’s stature, that’s an incredibly long time.

“I think there’s an excitement at the prospect of a new buyer for the club with significant wealth behind it and the capability to support the manager, who is very popular there.

Rafa Benitez is one of the more highly regarded managers in European football.”

  • Leazes Ender

    Adrian said ….’Like everybody else, I just can’t wait for the takeover to actually happen after 10 years of Mike Ashley and the final chaotic years of Hall & Shepherd’

    Ehm Adrian, pal, mate, good buddy…. Hall and Shepherd removed £150 million from the pockets of United fans without so much as coming near to sinking the club….. where is the chaos?

    Ashley invested nill and took out free advertising, relegating the club twice….. there is your chaos….

    ……stupidity and greed are a potent mixture.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Spot on, other than Ashley not investing. The one thing he has invested in is himself, and despite the 2 relegations he’s got the club making a profit. For him. Along with merchandising through his shops. For him. And selling off land owned by United. For him.
      I read some Professor of sports at the university of somewhere valuing Newcastle at £260-£280m – if he can anything north of £320m for the club, and given the initial amount it cost him, in the region of ?£240-260m, surely he can’t sniff at a return of £4m/year or a 20-25% return on his initial investment in 2007, together with the rest of the bit he’s taken out of the club and got his grubby hands on? Of course he can, and I think he’ll be hanging around, like an old man’s fart, for a lot, lot longer, unfortunately.

      • nufcslf

        Wouldn’t put it past the [email protected], but this time it has become world news and his name really would be sh*t if he pulls a typical Cashley. Won’t hold my breath, but think this take over will happen. The silence in between each step is a good thing and not that fat arrogant c**t dashing fans dreams saying it couldn’t happen. Honestly think he would have pulled that stunt before now to ruin everybody’s Christmas early. All wait and see for now.

        • TheFatController

          He’s probably a little bit annoyed that Robert Mugabe has stolen his ‘people party in the streets when you go’ mantle…he can’t even succeed at being ‘most despised person deposed this week’, let alone win anything for us.

          He’ll drag out the sale til the Mugabe news has died down and then go for his five minutes of worldwide infamy….

  • Whitehurst

    Blah, blah, blah. More walking, less talking….is now the requirement!!

  • Grahame Johnson

    Ashley has done nothing to run Newcastle as a good business as most Newcastle fans know promoting his sports direct brand world wide was his goal,at many a home match on sky foreign languages were used in the advertisements. The majority of what makes Newcastle a good buy is not down to Ashley, Newcastle United fans loyalty to a a club despite all that has gone on off the pitch and on it has to be admired. No outside expert will ever persuade me that Ashley was good for the toon, he nearly broke our club and drove many a loyal mag to take a step back from the club we love