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‘Newcastle United takeover – Saudis could have changed strategy for the same effect’

2 months ago
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Well the strangest Newcastle United campaign of all time has come and gone.

I’m not just talking about the pandemic and empty grounds, throw in a failed Saudi Newcastle United takeover and an absolute necessity for NUFC survive.

Without excusing the lack of ambition and mismanagement, I have to say Newcastle United were one of the most Covid 19 hit squads in the country. As were Manchester City mind!

I honestly don’t think that everyone realises just how important it was to avoid relegation in this league campaign. Any hope at all hinged on survival and a chance to be taken over. Make no mistake, it’s also imperative to rid ourselves of this unambitious owner, once and for all.

Was it a good season? No, not at all. We’ve seen it out unspectacularly but what’s new?

Should Steve Bruce have been replaced? Probably, I was convinced of relegation at one time but to be fair he turned things around once our injured stars were fit, as he said he would.

That said, that’s a bit like our Prime Minister taking credit for what the NHS have done, after getting just about every other decision wrong. For me, Bruce is on borrowed time and he knows it, get the ear plugs ready.

Steve Bruce should say a special thank you to Mike Ashley for his mutual loyalty, the returning players for an upturn in fortunes and Graeme Jones for changes in attitude and formation.

Who was our best player, best performance and what were the standout moments. ASM made the difference for me but there were unsung heroes in Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett and Jacob Murphy.

The best performance has to be Leicester away but that point at Liverpool made such a difference in a very difficult run of games.

The standout moments for me revolved around the contrast in attitude. Heads down at Brighton to huddles of joy late on in the season. Moving to 5-3-2 saved us in my humble opinion.

Getting star players back also made the difference. Then there was a move up the pitch where pressing replaced standing back absorbing pressure and hoping for the best on the break. I doubt if this was down to Steve Bruce.

So what for the future? Well for me it’s Newcastle United takeover or gradual oblivion, that distinct. Ambition or the opposite but of course aiming to stand still never works.

The potential Newcastle United takeover is perfect for Mike Ashley, the chance to continue austerity and join the fans in a common cause. Deep down he just wants the money!

Will the Newcastle United takeover happen? At one time I was sure it would happen but now I’m not so sure. I can see further rebuffs from the establishment and disinterest from the Saudis.

I truly believe that if they were keen on getting things done, they could have changed strategy for the same effect. An individual could have been put forward rather than the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Why aren’t the Reubens leading the way or reassuring us they could do it themselves? They could but I’m not sure they want the hassle or risk.

I ask you, is our Treasury linked to our Royal Family, sort of?

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