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What will happen now Newcastle United takeover goes ahead as opposed to if it hadn’t

1 week ago
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This Newcastle United takeover is at last going ahead.

After all these years of nonsense under Mike Ashley though, people still wanting to see it announced officially before they crack open the #cans.

What it did get me thinking about, was how the club will look after a Newcastle United takeover, compared to if it had continued under Mike Ashley and his people…

MANAGER

After a Newcastle United takeover

New owners will go out and get the best possible manager to progress the club in the coming years.

Only people with the best looking CVs and / or potential considered

No takeover

Steve Bruce continuing his never ending contract (at end of each season currently, it is extended by a year back up to a three year deal) as reward for doing as he is told and not complaining about having no say on anything of importance, particularly transfers in and out.

BOARD

After a takeover

A board of directors instantly appointed and tasked to come up with strategy and long-term plan to radically improve the club on and off the pitch.

No takeover

The club would continue without a board, Lee Charnley still named as the one nominal director for legal reasons. Would continue to hold board meetings with himself.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

After a takeover

Best possible person to be appointed as Managing Director, leading a newly assembled talented team to run the club and carry out the strategies and plans decided by the board of directors.

No takeover

Lee Charnley continuing to be named as the sole executive working at the club. In charge of counting paper clips with the real power / influence held by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct inner circle when it comes to running NUFC, particularly Justin Barnes.

MISSION STATEMENT

After a takeover

To make the club as successful as possible on and off the pitch and look to become stronger and stronger with each passing season. Proper investment to be made in all key areas of NUFC to help achieve this.

No takeover

Try to survive in the Premier League with lowest possible spend whilst promoting Mike Ashley’s retail empire as strongly as possible.

ATTENDANCES

After a takeover

Every Premier League match sold out and waiting list for season tickets.

No takeover

Thousands of empty seats and Mike Ashley wondering whether to repeat his free season ticket give away of December 2019.

ST JAMES PARK

After a takeover

Intensive feasibility studies looking at every possible way to expand St James Park and / or looking at a new stadium. A club that can fill the stadium in the Championship (average over 51,000 in 2016/17) clearly needs a far bigger capacity under new ambitious owners.

No takeover

As per the past 14+ years, spend nothing on SJP unless forced to, as would be the case with the rest of the NUFC infrastructure (training complex, academy etc).

MERCHANDISE

After a takeover

Newcastle fans to spend fortunes on official club merchandise, especially official replica shirts, happy to put money into an ambitiously ran club.

No takeover

Most supporters to continue boycotting official club merchandise. Fans to continue instead ordering fakes from overseas and / or retro shirts, or at worst, replica kit from non-Ashley controlled retailers.

BUYING PLAYERS

After a Newcastle United takeover

A professional new set-up with ambitious transfer budget, looking to buy the very best players in positions that the team / squad needs to improve. The manager to be the key person in this process and having the final say on all transfers in and out.

No takeover

The manager (head coach) to have no say on any transfer in and out. Mike Ashley (and other unseen associates) deciding which players are signed, taking absolutely no account of which positions are most in need of strengthening and whether these are the right signings. Any player could be sold even if it would be a disaster for the team.

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