With Newcastle sitting in 19th position, winless and in desperate need of improvement on the pitch, it seems that substantial January investment is required to prevent the club heading towards the Championship.
The Saudi-led takeover of United last month has given the club a much-needed economic boost as fans were given hope for the first time since Mike Ashley’s 14 year stewardship.
The Magpies, who are without a win in their first eleven games of the season, will hope that the investment from new owners can help attract a fresh group of talented players to bring a change of fortunes to St. James’ Park.
But under FFP regulations, just how much will Newcastle be able to spend?
Interestingly Mike Ashley’s previous lack of investment has given the new owners wriggle room to invest heavily in January. However, the damage may have already been done as Newcastle stare down the barrel of relegation.
According to reports in the Mail Online from football finance lecturer Kieran Maguire, Eddie Howe’s side have the potential to become amongst the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the next few transfer windows – with funds of up to £166m available in January.
This projection puts Newcastle in the top 7 in terms of transfer budget and means they could spend as much as the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
While it’s improbable they will spend the full amounts, there’s no doubt that significant recruitment is needed for the Geordies to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.
Amanda Stavely revealed earlier this week that despite January not being a window the club’s new owners would tend to do business, it’s imperative that Newcastle invest heavily to improve the squad that has struggled for any form of momentum so far this campaign.
“Its not a window that we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment and preparing for that.”
The club became the richest in the world following the PIF takeover which saw Jamie Reuben and Stavely joining together alongside Saudi Arabian investment to eventually buy the Toon and restore hope back into the city.
By the time January comes along, Howe’s team will have played over half of their matches and given the appalling start to the season so far, change is needed and fast.
The Magpies sit five points adrift in 19th and with a challenging Christmas period rapidly approaching they need to pick up some points in the next four games. Starting with a victory at home against Premier League new boys Brentford next Saturday.
Planning for the typically challenging January window has already started but new manager Eddie Howe is fully focused on the nine games before New Year’s Day claiming “the last thing I want to think about is January.”
However, the new man later added he “wouldn’t say it’s not in my thoughts at all’ highlighting the importance of a good window for the Geordies.
Newcastle continue their preparation next week for the visit of Brentford as Howe takes charge of his first game.
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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