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Newcastle United - Dare to dream

It’s takeover season (again). Any potential takeover could transform Newcastle United and the city.

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Picture this, St James’ Park with its heart and soul back, the near deafening Geordie roar returns. As you look around the cathedral on the hill - Not a tacky Sports Direct sign in sight. There are no more songs sung against a truly awful owner, everyone is together as one.

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Newcastle United supporters deserve to dream, they deserve that dream to become reality. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund are the latest interested party to buy the club. Should this takeover be completed, it could completely transform the club and the city.

According to several sources, the deal is at an advanced stage. However, when it comes to Mike Ashley, nothing is ever a formality. That’s where the issue lies.

Should this takeover go through, Newcastle would have an owner with the deepest pockets in world football. A takeover of that magnitude will create more jobs, not just at the football club but around the city. The tourism industry will also benefit as more people from across the world would visit Tyneside.

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Newcastle’s tired looking training ground would finally be given a much needed makeover. Something that should have been sanctioned by the club a long time ago. Not only would improvements be made to the training ground but also to St James’ Park, there are parts of the stadium that are in dire need of repair. The club have turned a blind eye to making any improvements to their facilities despite them being extremely outdated. That is the result of having an uninterested owner running a football club.

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A whopping £200M is thought to be ready to invest in the playing squad. The thought of even having an owner that takes an interest in the club gets Newcastle supporters excited, an owner with such deep pockets coupled with ambition to take the club forward is the stuff of dreams.

Newcastle supporters have been criticised by some media outlets for welcoming interest from Saudi Arabia, due to their human rights violations. It is not the supporters who decide who purchases their club, if that was the case Mike Ashley wouldn’t be running the club into the ground.

Thirteen years of lies, lack of ambition and the stripping of Newcastle’s identity and soul, has had a massive impact on supporters. St James’ Park, once a cathedral of noise is now more like a graveyard.

Ashley once stated that he wouldn’t stand in Newcastle United’s way, should a interested party have the funds and ambition to take the club forward. This is Ashley’s chance to stick to his word for once, a chance to take his money and invest in a different business.

Newcastle cannot be run like a normal business, Ashley has proved that does not work. The club is incredibly special, it does not deserve to be treated like a a tacky retail outlet.

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The party interested in buying Newcastle were reportedly interested in Manchester United last year. Those reports were quickly denied by Mohammed Bin Salman’s media minister. Interestingly, Bin Salman’s camp have not denied the reports linking him with a takeover of Newcastle United.

The only thing standing in the way of this deal is Ashley and his pettiness, which unfortunately is the biggest obstacle. For a takeover to happen there needs to be a willing buyer and seller, the question is though - Is Ashley a willing seller? The next few days are critical in this deal, however, the soundings are of a positive nature despite the leak from the Wall Street Journal.

One thing is certain, the silence of Newcastle and the Arab state’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is deafening. Newcastle supporters could finally see the back of an owner, who has let a truly special club crumble to its knees.