«Newcastle United are the best team in the world. And of course we want to win trophies. In the Premier League and in Europe! “
There are big notes that are currently being voiced in the north of England. The sentence comes from Amanda Staveley (48), board member of Newcastle United and mediator in the takeover of the club by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). This is worth around 370 billion, has the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (36) as chairman and thus makes Newcastle the richest club in the world.
The mediator refused the prince’s request
Business woman Staveley, who used to work as a model and once even turned down a marriage proposal from her then boyfriend Prince Andrew (61), has big plans with the “Magpies”.
Coach Steve Bruce (60) will certainly no longer be on board, the English press agrees on that. The ManUtd legend had to vacate his locker on Monday, and his dismissal will be official in the next few days. After all: Bruce will be paid the equivalent of around 10 million Swiss francs for his departure.
Saudi magpies call to Favre
And the successor carousel is already spinning wildly. Antonio Conte (52) is on the wish list. Or Graham Potter from Brighton, Steven Gerrard (Glasgow Rangers) or Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers.
At the top of the Saudi slip, however, is a Swiss name, according to the Daily Mail: Lucien Favre. Since the Romand from Saint-Barthélémy VD (like Stan Wawrinka) turned down the job as the successor to Roy Hodgson (74) at Crystal Palace in the summer, Favre has been taking a break. Will he succumb to the call of the Saudi magpies?
The Saudi millions also create completely new opportunities on the transfer market for Newcastle. And the speculation knows no bounds at the moment.
Wild transfer speculation
For example, the January transfer window is said to be poached at Manchester United. There, the club of the Swiss national team player Fabian Schär is supposed to squint at players like Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly.
But names like Napoli’s star defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Barça stars Ousmane Dembélé, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto, Milans Franck Kessie, Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette or Ajax goalie André Onana are traded in Newcastle.
As controversial as the Saudi Fund’s takeover of the club is, exciting times are ahead for Newcastle fans. With Favre on the sidelines? (wst)
Newcastle fans go crazy: “This is the best day of my life”(01:02)