The would-be owners of Newcastle United have been sent a warning about the prospective takeover in the northeast by former player Mike Williamson as he gave ChronicleLive his thoughts on the whole situation.
As per the outlet, the ex-Toon defender has urged the new owners of the Tyneside club to prioritise investment in the team’s infrastructure over superstar signings.
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The deal to end Mike Ashley’s turbulent 13-year tenure at St. James’ Park remains in the hands of the Premier League. However, the latest updates with Project Restart has led to confidence from the Saudi Public Investment Fund-led consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley that their bid will eventually be approved.
Nevertheless, current Gateshead FC player-manager Williamson believes that they should prioritise their initial spending behind the scenes. The 36-year-old believes that long-serving staff should be rewarded for their efforts and foundations should be put in place with the academy and training ground to help achieve long-term success.
Williamson told ChronicleLive: “There’s going to be a list as long as your arm of things to do to get the club to where everyone wants it to be.
“For me, it’s investing in the infrastructure, the academy, getting a new training ground, and really rewarding people who have been working relentlessly behind the scenes without much credit.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fantastic people who have everyday given their heart and soul for not much reward financially or in the press. For me, I would definitely want to take care of that side of things and build from there.
“The worst thing you can do is go out and sign all these superstars just to get the fans on your side, and not put the foundations in place first.
“I would love to go to St James’ Park and watch some of these superstars being linked. But for me, you need to put the foundations in and build it from there so it’s a sustainable and successful club.”
Indeed, signing a number of superstars may well improve the fortunes of the Magpies on the pitch but this may not help if the facilities that Williamson references are not up to scratch. Therefore, investing in these facilities to improve them may well be the first priority for the Saudi-led consortium before bringing in the high calibre of players that they may well want to make use of them.
Williamson believes that the foundations of the Toon are more important but did imply that he would like to see at least some superstars play in the famous black-and-white-striped shirt. It will be interesting to see what the priorities of the prospective new owners are whenever they assume control of the club.
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