Paddy Kenny has given his reaction to some news that he has now heard from Mehrdad Ghodoussi at Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Staying at SJP
In an interview with The Athletic last week, Magpies co-owner Ghodoussi revealed the North East club will be staying at St James’ Park, instead of building a new stadium.
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They will also be looking to expand the ground beyond its current capacity, as they continue to build for the long-term project.
The Latest: Kenny reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League goalkeeper Kenny has now given his reaction to the news, and the 43-year-old was nothing short of delighted:
“It’s a brilliant move, there is so much tradition there.
“Newcastle fans are really passionate fans, they sell out every week. I’ve played there before it’s amazing.
“The place has been electric since the takeover and you can only think that will continue.
“Expanding is a good idea. It’s almost the next stage of their development as a club.
“It’s always full so I’m sure Newcastle would have no problem filling an 80,000 seater.
“It’s a great stadium to go to now so imagine the noise if there are 80,000 in there, that will be special.“
The Verdict: Another step
The expansion of the stadium is another step towards fulfilling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium’s ambitions of becoming a real powerhouse in English football, and then eventually on the world stage.
It is a great gesture as well to stay at St. James’ Park, a ground that the Toon Army have become attached to as their home, which they will now hope can become a fortress over the next few years.
Nonetheless, increasing the capacity will also attract more fans to the games, not just locally, but from around the world as well if they are successful, which will only help the Tyneside outfit build further.
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