A number of Newcastle United stars, both past and present, have taken to social media on Thursday to react to word of the club’s takeover.
All change at St. James’
The news which shook the foundation of English football to its very core was of course forthcoming earlier today.
This came in the form of Mike Ashley’s tumultuous 14-year stint at the forefront of Newcastle United being brought to a definitive close.
On the back of a negotiation period spanning 18 months, the one final stumbling block – in the form of Saudi Arabia’s ban on all content stemming from broadcaster beIN Sports – was finally overcome, opening the door for a Saudi consortium led by Yasir Al-Rumayyan to kickstart a new era on Tyneside.
Newcastle, in turn, made word of the change in ownership at the club official this evening, in a deal worth a rumoured £300 million.
🤝 An investment group led by the Public Investment Fund, and also comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, has completed the acquisition of 100% of Newcastle United Limited and Newcastle United Football Club Limited from St. James Holdings Limited.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 7, 2021
‘Dare to hope again’
The momentous changing of hands at St. James’ Park has since resulted in understandable jubilation across Newcastle’s loyal fanbase, with the Magpies faithful having long been crying out for an owner fit to reestablish a club of such unquestionable magnitude amongst the giants of Premier League football.
And Al-Rumayyan and co., for their part, look more than capable of overseeing precisely that, with the Saudi consortium understood to boast wealth in excess of £300 billion:
Newcastle’s new owners net worth vs. Man City’s owners net worth 🤑 pic.twitter.com/q0ghdOljQG
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 7, 2021
But, as outlined above, it is not only Newcastle’s supporters who have made crystal clear their excitement regarding today’s developments in the North East.
Taking to social media, a host of the club’s stars, both past and present, have followed suit in providing their reactions, with some of the many highlights showcased below:
A new start with an ambitious Newcastle United 🙌🏾 You deserve it more than anyone 🤝 Enjoy ❤️ https://t.co/TOivKmXW9g
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) October 7, 2021
Takeover complete 👏🏽👏🏽 Amazing news!! So happy for all you fans who’ve waited so long for this day!! What an exciting journey ahead we have 🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/Vjw7LtPpbR
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) October 7, 2021
An eventful day! The end of one era and the start of another. It’s always an honour to captain this special club and I hope that we can all now be United. Exciting times ahead, let’s get us back to where this club should be ⚫️⚪️@NUFC ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pgKUHDv2PS
— Jamaal Lascelles (@Lascelles16) October 7, 2021
Meanwhile in Sunderland…. pic.twitter.com/KhjZp8Yq7U
— Paul Dummett (@PaulDummett) October 7, 2021
Yesssssssss. We can dare to hope again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 🙋🏼♂️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ #NUFC
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) October 7, 2021