Newcastle United owners release official statement to fans – New Year statement of intent
The Newcastle United owners have released a new official statement on the final day of 2021.
This year has been a tough one for so many people and when talking specifically about football, for NUFC fans the one real bright spot has been the buyout of the club, only 85 days away.
We all knew it was not going to be an overnight turnaround, 14+ years of Mike Ashley was never going to be easily / quickly put right.
However, it has all felt like a bit of a dream, that out of nowhere we have been freed from Ashley, swiftly followed out by his minions Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley, then the blight of Sports Direct finally cleansed from St James Park and the rest of Newcastle United.
In their New Year’s eve statement of intent, the Newcastle United owners declare: ‘Despite the current challenges, we see a bright and, ultimately, successful future for Newcastle United. The Club has amazing fans. It has serious, long-term investors.’
The statement points to Monday night gone and just how brilliant this football club can feel when everybody is pulling together, Newcastle United didn’t get the three points the performance deserved BUT anybody who was inside St James Park for that Man Utd match, can’t have walked away after the final whistle feeling anything other than this is very special football club.
We all dream of success in the years to come but along with the fans, the Newcastle United owners recognise this immediate relegation fight is absolutely key, as hopefully the first building block towards potential success.
Many of the credible media reports have pointed to a lot going on at St James Park ahead of this upcoming transfer window, which is now only hours away, the Newcastle United owners adding in their official statement to fans: ‘We have very important fixtures ahead of us and a January transfer window that we have worked tirelessly to prepare for, so let’s face our challenges head on and look forward to the second half of the season with optimism.’
With the Southampton away match now postponed, the next Premier League match isn’t until 15 days time when Watford visit St James Park, before then seven days later another relegation six pointer away at Leeds. It will be massive if the work done ahead of this transfer window, ensures that new signings will arrive in time to integrate and play in these two massive matches.
After so many disappointments and previous false dawns, I wasn’t expecting a Newcastle United takeover in 2021, so as we now fall into 2022 I won’t be making any rash predictions, as who knows what could be possible now we have Newcastle United owners who appear to be ambitious and wanting to push in the same direction as the NUFC fans, something that a near decade and a half of Mike Ashley had made a long forgotten memory.
Twelve months from now, what will the (not so new) Newcastle United owners be saying to the supporters as we move into 2023….?
Official statement released by the Newcastle United owners – 31 December 2021:
‘The turn of the year is, of course, a time when we all reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Despite the current challenges, we see a bright and, ultimately, successful future for Newcastle United. The Club has amazing fans. It has serious, long-term investors. And the Club has a workforce committed to getting the best for both the football club and the City of Newcastle.
Obviously, we face some stern challenges ahead of us – not least the issues surrounding the continuing pandemic. But we will meet these challenges with fierce determination and a strong resolve to improve every aspect of the Club, while playing a full role in the community we serve.
As we look back at the last twelve months, we were of course delighted to finally complete the purchase of the Club on 7 October.
This reflected the patience of each investor and the belief that we would get the deal done. It also reflects the commitment of Mike Ashley and his team – shown over a lengthy period – to ensure that not only did the deal go through, but that ownership of the Club passed to people who could take the Club forward responsibly. We thank Mike and his team for that commitment as, without it, the deal would not have been possible.
We also thank each member of our staff, who have embraced the changes that have already been made and shown a tremendous work ethic in very demanding circumstances. We all know that we have a great deal to do, but we will strive to fulfil this great Club’s promise.
As ever, the massively passionate support of our fans will be crucial as we look to improve our results on the pitch. We have had a very tough first half of the season, but you have been right behind the team and we want to take this opportunity to let you know how very much we appreciate it. Our most recent match at St. James’ Park showed the power that can be generated when the players and supporters unite and feed off each other, and it was wonderful to experience that special atmosphere.
Let’s take that positivity into 2022 as we aim to progress on and off the pitch. We have very important fixtures ahead of us and a January transfer window that we have worked tirelessly to prepare for, so let’s face our challenges head on and look forward to the second half of the season with optimism.
Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.
Amanda & Mehrdad’
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