The Newcastle takeover, Kylian Mbappé and what it really means for fans

By Andrew Musgrove

Newcastle United's new owners may take the top spot when it comes to wealth in the Premier League but for the Toon Army, it's about much more than money.

The arrival of the Saudi-backed consortium into Tyneside gives fans hope that has been missing from within the fanbase for the majority of Mike Ashley's ownership.

Supporters of other clubs may joke about Kylian Mbappe and other world stars heading to the banks of the Tyne but for the fans who have to endure 14 years of Ashley - it's not about the big names but instead ownership with a plan and desire to see this club do more than just survive.

Other than one season under Ashley, progression has been next to nil - and in his 14th year, it's hard to argue that the last few seasons has seen nothing but regression.

Ashley's supporters - and there are some - will argue he had a good plan, to make the club sustainable and not to outspend its finances - but that approach came at the cost of ambition.

That is what fans are most looking forward to - a plan, improvements of not only the playing squad but the stadium, training ground and other facilities; to give the club some affection.

The Public Investment Fund, PCP and The Reuben Brother may come to the table with more billions than some small nations, yet most United fans would have taken someone would a few hundred millions pounds if he or she had a plan to take the club forward.

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United under Alan Pardew achieved fifth place but Ashley did not build on that and instead turned stringent, and under Rafa Benitez, the only other time in 14 years that fans have truly been able to wish for more, a world-class manager was allowed to leave because the outgoing owner didn't have the vision to match his ambition.

The fans have been dealt nothing but a cruel hand under Ashley who allowed this club to stagger on - the new owners come into a club that is existing but doing little else, and it is the supporters who have paid the biggest price for that.

They want their club to be shown the tenderness, love and care it deserves and equally want to be made to feel like they matter - the newer owners from we understand, seem to get that.

From a lick of paint on the walls at St James' Park to more communication from the top - the fans don't demand the world, but just enough to think the club is as important to those who own it as it is to those who worship it.

With the new owners, it is hoped they get the custodians which they and the club deserve.

One with a vision - one which allows a head coach or manager to manage and not be the sole mouthpiece, and one that makes the decisions for the good of the club.

Many may expect the new owners to throw endless amounts of money at the project but that won't' be the case, it'll be a gradual build, and for United fans that is just fine because it's not about big-name signings or Champions League football - it's about understanding this fan base.

As one fan tweeted, it's about 'getting people back in the club who want to be here, local/ex heroes too.

'Getting fans back in, a standing section, getting the scarves back. Sports Direct signs gone, and the stadium cleaned."

'Make people care about us again.'

And to be fair, he's hit the nail on the head.

This was never Mike Ashey's Newcastle United just as won't be The Public Investment Fund's Newcastle United - it's our Newcastle United, and for 14 years it's deserved so much better, hopefully, this is the start of it.


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