Newcastle could replace Steve Bruce with Steven Gerrard, Toon set for £200m transfer splurge 'thanks to Mike Ashley'
8th October 2021

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S Saudi takeover has been COMPLETED.

The new Saudi owners have been given the all-clear by the Premier League after resolving a brutal dispute which saw Qatar-based beIN Sports have its feed across the Middle East hijacked.

And the takeover looks set to spell the end of Steve Bruce's time as Toon boss.

Steven Gerrard is the current favourite to replace Bruce, though the likes of Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Antonio Conte have also been mentioned.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    GERR RIGHT

    Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are shock frontrunners to land the Newcastle job, according to reports.

    Steve bruce has admitted that he would not be surprised to be relieved of his duties immediately, as the new Saudi ownership look to put their stamp on things on Tyneside.

    According to the Telegraph, two former England midfield colleagues could be set to battle it out for the post.

    They claim that Gerrard, 41, would be a popular choice – having won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers last term.

    The former Liverpool man is happy in Scotland, they add, and would take some 'persuading' to leave Ibrox for the Premier League.

    Lampard, 43, is also mentioned as holding a 'definite interest' in the post.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CASH FLOW

    Newcastle could spend £200million on transfers and not be in breach in Financial Fair Play regulations, it has been calculated.

    That is because Mike Ashley has left the club in a strong position financially thanks to his stringent operating in recent years.

    Ashley sold Newcastle to a Saudi-led consortium for £300m on Thursday.

    And with the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund worth around £320billion, the Toon have become the richest club in world football.

    However, there were fears their spending would be limited to comply with FFP, which limit losses over a three-year period to £105m.

    Football finance expert Kieran Maguire told the Daily Mail: "For all that is wrong with Mike Ashley, I would love to be buying a club from him.

    "There is a lot of scope to increase the investment in Newcastle if any new owners choose to do so."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GARETH'S PLAN B

    Gareth Southgate is ready to send out his England ‘B’ team on Andorra’s plastic pitch.

    There are concerns over captain Harry Kane and whether he will play on the artificial surface due to his history of ankle issues.

    The Spurs striker wants to play but is set to be on the England bench.

    Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is in line to start following his call-up this week.

    Harry Maguire’s calf injury has ruled him out of these two World Cup qualifiers so there will be a change at centre-back.

    And Kalvin Phillips’ withdrawal could mean a return for Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.

    Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho may feature in midfield, along with Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEAL ME IN

    Andreas Christensen defender Andreas Christensen has insisted he is 'happy' at the club and that talks over a new contract 'look good'.

    The 25-year-old Dane, who has been sensational for the Blues since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January, will become a free agent in the summer if he does not sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

    But Christensen remains confident he will be staying at Chelsea beyond the end of the season.

    As reported by TV3 Sport, the centre-back said: “It’s hard to say how things will end up.

    "There is a lot of talk. I will not say too much, but I think it looks good.

    "I am happy to be at Chelsea."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOON IN

    Thousands of Newcastle fans have been queueing for season tickets this evening following the club’s historic £300million Saudi takeover.

    The Magpies are now the richest club in the world after Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign came to an end.

    And with Newcastle’s new owners boasting a combined £320BILLION fortune, there are good times on the horizon for the Toon army.

    Delighted fans have already taken to the streets in celebration, with an impromptu party breaking out at St James’ Park.

    And with serious doubts now hanging over Steve Bruce’s future, Newcastle supporters bombarded the club’s website in a desperate scramble for season tickets.

    One user found he had over 2000 people waiting ahead of him to make a purchase.

    That’s despite season tickets at the North East club being on general sale since July.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WINTER WONDERLAND

    Liverpool star Divock Origi has reportedly been offered to Barcelona for a January transfer.

    ESport3 claims Nou Camp chiefs are desperate for new players after a dismal start to the campaign.

    And Origi’s representatives have made contact with Barca in the hopes of securing an agreement.

    The Belgium international, 26, has only played 157 minuets under Jurgen Klopp this term.

    And his contract expires at the end of the season, making him a free agent next summer.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Newcastle’s £300million Saudi takeover has been CONFIRMED – with Mike Ashley gone and Steve Bruce facing the axe.

    The deal has been rubber-stamped by the Premier League, bringing an end to Ashley’s 14-year reign and transforming the Magpies into the richest club in the world.

    Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will own 80 per cent, with the billionaire Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley taking 10 per cent each.

    Meanwhile, Amanda Staveley has revealed her excitement after finally spearheading the takeover of Newcastle United.

    The 48-year-old has led the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium to the takeover of the Magpies since 2017.

    And after much wrangling, the mega-connected businesswoman has finally been successful after the £300million deal was given the go-ahead.

    After the takeover, Toon boss Steve Bruce’s job has been under scrutiny with critics claiming he’s now likely to be ousted from his role.

    Comedic duo Ant and Dec are even in the running for the Toon manager role and the pair are priced at 250/1 to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park!

    But there are some serious contenders for Bruce’s job including Roma boss Jose Mourinho and out-of-work Antonio Conte.

    However, Eddie Howe is the bookies' favourite to land the role at 7/4.

    Despite all the speculation surrounding Bruces’ future, Staveley has come out in support of the 60-year-old.

    She said: “We are very supporting of Steve. We have spoken to him. What we are going to do is not talk about managers, not talk about signings we can make at the moment.”

    Finally, not everyone is happy about the news of Newcastle’s takeover.

    Manchester United fans are dreading the thought of the Magpies lifting the Premier League title before them and took to Twitter to share their grievances.

  • James Orr

    MIKE ASHLEY EXCLUSIVE

    Mike Ashley has exclusively revealed to SunSport that he DID put the club first, even ahead of his own financial interests — and even at the 11th and final hour of his drawn-out reign.

    Ashley said: “I would like it to be known that I received a higher offer for the club than the one that I accepted.

    “It was from another reputable bidder, who made a credible case.

    “But I felt the bid that we accepted from the current new owners would deliver the best for Newcastle United.

    “Money wasn’t my only consideration. There were times when I stepped in financially to keep Newcastle United afloat.

    “We ensured the wage bills were paid when we went down in order that we could bounce straight back up.

    “Nobody was happier than me when we achieved immediate promotion.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    JENAS HOPE

    Jermaine Jenas reckons Newcastle's new owners can restore the glory days to the club.

    The Magpies were taken over by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in a deal worth £300million and Jenas can't wait to see the club return to the summit of English football.

    The ex-Toon star claims it's what the fans deserve after watching Newcastle's dismal decline from Premier League big wigs to also-rans over the past decade.

    Jenas told 5Live: "That club is one of the biggest clubs in this country.

    "They're one of the great teams and have one of the best and biggest fanbases and they deserve more than what they've been getting so fingers crossed it gets over the line."

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    CUT BRUCE LOOSE?

    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce took training with his squad on Thursday amid growing uncertainty over his job after the club's Saudi takeover.

    The 60-year-old, who has been in charge of the Magpies since July 2019, was already the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

    But Bruce appeared upbeat while taking charge of Newcastle's training session as his side continue their search for a first Premier League win of the season.

    The Toon Army currently sit 19th in the table with just three points from their opening seven games.

    And, while Bruce remains hopeful he can turn things around, he admitted prior to their most recent loss that if the bad feeling around the club began to affect the players then he would start to consider his own position.

  • Justin Lawrence

    STEVE SUPPORT

    Amanda Staveley has come up out in support for Steve Bruce following Newcastle's £300million Saudi takeover.

    Staveley successfully led the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium in their bid to take over of the Magpies after years of wrangling.

    And now the Magpies have new owners, rumours have been rife that under-fire manager Steve Bruce is about to get the boot from the Toon dugout.

    But Staveley claims that's not the case and said Bruce has the full backing of the club's new chiefs.

    She said, reported by The Guardian: "We are very supporting of Steve. We have spoken to him. What we are going to do is not talk about managers, not talk about signings we can make at the moment."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAN DOWN

    Manchester United fans are feeling glum after Newcastle announced their £300million Saudi takeover.

    United haven't won the Premier League since 2013, and some fans reckon their wait for the trophy will be extended now the Magpies are flushed with cash.

    The depressed United faithful took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over potentially being leapfrogged by Newcastle in the race for silverware.

    One fan moaned: "Newcastle United winning the league title before Manchester United is an absolute possibility now and that is a very depressing thought."

    While another said: "Newcastle will probably win the league before we do at this rate. #mufc."

  • Justin Lawrence

    PREM APPROVAL

    The Premier League have revealed why they finally allowed Newcastle United's £300m Saudi takeover go through.

    The Saudi Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund brought the Magpies off of ex-owner Mike Ashley after years of a bitter legal dispute.

    But the Prem bosses explained they decided to give the Saudi takeover the green light when it became clear they won't own the club.

    A prem statement read: "All parties have agreed the settlement is necessary to end the long uncertainty for fans over the club’s ownership.

    “The Premier League has now received legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club.

    “All parties are pleased to have concluded this process which gives certainty and clarity to Newcastle United Football Club and their fans."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAGPIE JAMIE

    Newcastle's takeover has finally been completed after an eternity of waiting.

    Saudi Yasir Al-Rumayyan will act as chairman and will be accompanied by Amanda Staveley and the lesser-known Jamie Reuben.

    Jamie Reuben was born in 1987 in Mumbai, India to billionaire property investor David Reuben.

    He already has plenty of experience in football, having sat on the QPR board between 2018 and 2020.

    When he left, QPR chairman Amit Bhatia said: “Jamie has been a fantastic addition to the QPR Board over the past two years.

    “He has helped us tremendously in a number of different areas and I speak on behalf of my fellow shareholders when I thank him whole-heartedly for his efforts while he was with us.”

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    TICKET CHAOS

    Newcastle fans are queueing in their thousands to try and grab a ticket for their club's next home game following the Toon's Saudi takeover.

    The Magpies face Tottenham later this month and it's a game none of the Toon Army want to miss.

    But fans have had trouble getting a ticket as thousands flocked to Newcastle's website with the same thing in mind.

    The Express reported that supporters have been in a queue for half-hour online trying to get a ticket.

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SHEAR WILL

    Alan Shearer claims Newcastle "can dare to hope again" after the Saudi-backed takeover of the club was completed.

    Geordie legend Shearer has felt the club's dismal decline over the years under former owner Mike Ashley's leadership.

    But following the takeover Shearer tweeted: "Yesssssssss. We can dare to hope again."

    Credit: PA

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GEORDIE JOY

    Newcastle United fans are celebrating outside St James' Park following Mike Ashley's sale of the club.

    The Magpies have been taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, who will own 80 per cent of the North East outfit.

    The deal brings an end to Ashley's 14-year spell as owner of Newcastle, much of which has been clouded by opposition from fans.

    And the supporters showed how they felt about the takeover immediately after it was confirmed by celebrating outside the stadium and on the streets.

    The takeover means Newcastle now have the richest owners in football as they are worth a reported £320billion.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SING A NEW TOON

    The Saudis are coming to Toon and will transform Newcastle from into the richest club in the world in a flash.

    Simply not being Mike Ashley is enough in itself to get the fans on board.

    But after 14 years of Ashley there is a ton of work to do to turn around this sinking ship.

    The Saudi billions provide unlimited potential, but money won’t change everything.

    Here are seven things the new owners need to address immediately to hit the ground running and get the Magpies firing.

    • FIND A NEW MANAGER
    • START SQUAD OVERHAUL IN JANUARY
    • SECURE SAINT-MAXIMIN
    • IMPROVE ACADEMY & TRAINING FACILITIES
    • BRING IN LEGENDS LIKE KEEGAN & SHEARER
    • REMOVE SPORTS DIRECT ADVERTISING
    • ENGAGE WITH FANS

    BIG AL

    Newcastle United's Saudi takeover has been completed.

    But what is known about their new chairman, Yasir Al-Rumayyan?

    Yasir Al-Rumayyan was born in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal University in 1993. He later completed a general management programme at Harvard Business School.

    Al-Rumayyan, 51, is governor of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) who along with Amanda Staveley of PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers, have completed the Magpies purchase.

    Al-Rumayyan is also chairman of the board of Saudi Aramco, the biggest oil company in the world.

    The PIF group are believed to be worth a staggering £260BILLION, and have offices in London, New York and San Francisco.

    BRUCE-D EGO

    Steve Bruce could be on his way out of Newcastle following the club's £300m Saudi takeover that was announced today.

    Bookies have already started offering odds on who will replace Bruce at St.James' Park.

    Aside from comedic pair Ant and Dec, more serious contenders include

    Eddie Howe the current favourite at 7/4.

    With significant funds expected to be injected and high-profile transfers now within reach – Antonio Conte has come flying into contention at 9/2.

    Chris Wilder and Graeme Jones are locked together at 5/1.

    Rafa Benitez is available at 9/1 for a sensational return Tyneside, while Frank Lampard and Roberto Martinez share odds of 10/1.

    Jose Mourinho and Steven Gerrard are priced at 14s with Unai Emery further back at 16/1.

    RI-DEC-ULOUS

    Ant and Dec are in the running to become Newcastle's next managerial duo (kind of).

    That's right – the iconic television duo could swap Saturday Night Takeaway for Match of the Day with the pair priced at 250/1 to replace Steve Bruce at St James' Park!

    The Toon's newly confirmed Saudi takeover has ended Mike Ashley's 14-year ownership, teeing up a significant cash windfall with the consortium's total wealth dwarfing that of Manchester City and PSG combined.

    And without Ashley in his corner – current Toon boss Bruce could well become the first casualty of a new era on Tyneside.

    Aside from Ant and Dec, there are a few more serious contenders for the role such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

    • Justin Lawrence

      NEW ERA

      Amanda Staveley has revealed her excitement after finally spearheading the takeover of Newcastle United.

      The 48-year-old has led the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium to the takeover of the Magpies since 2017.

      And after much wrangling, the mega-connected businesswoman has finally been successful after the £300million deal was given the go-ahead.

      Staveley, Chief Executive Officer of PCP Capital Partners, said: “This is a long-term investment. We are excited about the future prospects for Newcastle United.

      “We intend to instill a united philosophy across the Club, establish a clear purpose, and help provide leadership that will allow Newcastle United to go on to big achievements over the long term.

      “Our ambition is aligned with the fans – to create a consistently successful team that’s regularly competing for major trophies and generates pride across the globe.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      TOON ARMY

      Newcastle United fans celebrate the sale of the club to the Consortium of Amanda Stavely, Jamie Rueben and PIF Scenes at St. James's Park, Newcastle as news of a takeover emerges on Thursday 7th October 2021.

      Credit: Alamy

       

    • Justin Lawrence

      OVER THE TOON

      Newcastle's £300million Saudi takeover has been CONFIRMED – with Mike Ashley gone and Steve Bruce facing the axe.

      The deal has been rubber-stamped by the Premier League, bringing an end to Ashley’s 14-year reign and transforming the Magpies into the richest club in the world.

      Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will own 80 per cent, with the billionaire Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley taking 10 per cent each.

      Unpopular manager Steve Bruce is now set for the axe with the new owners wanting a fresh start as Newcastle sit 19th in the table.

      In a flash, the Toon now have the wealthiest owners in world football – worth a staggering £320BILLION – dwarfing the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

    • Justin Lawrence

      SARD DEAL

      Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Zenit Saint-Petersburg star Sardar Azmoun as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

      Lacazette’s contract is coming to an end and the Gunners reckon Azmoun can fill his boots, according to Sports Witness.

      The Iranian 19-year-old striker has already scored six times in 12 games this season for Zenit, so he’ll bring plenty of firepower to The Emirates.

      However, the North London side face stiff competition from Italian clubs AC Milan and Roma, who Witness claim are also interested in Azmoun.

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