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.”