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How the Big 6 tried to stop the Newcastle takeover

Revealed: How Tottenham, Arsenal, and other EPL rivals tried to stop Newcastle's Saudi takeover

October 9, 2021 By Ali M.
There has been opposition to the Saudi-led takeover at St. James' Park, including from the Premier League's Big Six.

The Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle is done and dusted, with the consortium backed by the Public Investment Fund completing the £305M purchase of the Premier League side on Thursday. This move was welcomed by large portions of the Magpies fan base, and for obvious reasons, but this does not mean the deal came about without opposition.

First there were those who are critical of the ties between the consortium and the Saudi Arabian government, a regime riddled with allegations of human rights abuses. Then there were the Premier League's big six, who according to the Daily Mail, once again made attempts to block this deal from going through.

The British news outlet claims that Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham were working to prevent the takeover from going through, with Spurs said to be the leading opposition. Furthermore, club chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly tried to sabotage attempts by the new Newcastle owners from securing a lucrative sponsor at St. James' Park, but to no avail.

Furthermore, the other 19 English top-flight clubs are said to have demanded an emergency meeting with the Premier League as they seeks answers as to why this takeover went through. While this meeting will do nothing to reverse the handing over of the keys, the other teams – including Man City and Man United – look to air their concerns regarding this latest development.

This has not stopped the consortium from continuing with their plans as co-owner Amanda Staveley has already met with the St. James' Park staff. Both her and non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of the PIF, have made their ambitions for the club clear and that is to take from a relegation-battling team to one challenging for trophies, both domestically and in Europe.

Investment is needed, and given the wealth of the new owners, hefty spending is all but guaranteed. Changes are likely to arrive as soon as possible, with several high-profiled players being linked with the club such as Richarlison, Philippe Coutinho, and Mauro Icardi. However, behind-the-scenes changes and a managerial shake-up look to be prioritized. Former Liverpool chief scout Frank McParland could be brought on board as a football adviser while Steve Bruce's sacking appears to be inevitable. A manager with Premier League experience is the preference, and as a result, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers have been touted as possible replacements.


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