Speaking to The Athletic, Kevin Keegan claims that a takeover of Newcastle United could lead to the success that the club’s supporters so desperately crave given the stature of the club.
Keegan suggests takeover not far off
Over the past 12 months or so, Mike Ashley has looked to sell the Toon. A Saudi Arabian consortium appeared close to a deal, but that eventually fell through (The Guardian).
Keegan believes that new ownership could give the Magpies a huge boost, and he claimed that success may not be too far off if the club does get sold. He said:
“The best day they’ll have is when he sells the club, because anybody, and I mean anybody, can run it better. Just anybody. It cannot be run worse than it is.”
“You have to give people hope. It won’t go on forever. Someone, somewhere, will see the benefits of that great football club. The problem with Mike Ashley is that he didn’t really know what he was buying. He doesn’t get it..”
Keegan went on to say that even if Ashley doesn’t sell up as he hopes, he should hire people who know how to run the club properly.
” But if he doesn’t understand what it’s about, he should hire people, employ people who do. Even if he keeps the ownership, he just needs to put bright people in charge.
“That’s all Newcastle needs.
“If you could put three or four of the right people in there …
“I don’t care what anybody says, it’s a special club. It’s not like any other club. If you’d said in 1927, the last time they won the league, that nearly a century later they wouldn’t have won it again, people would have laughed at you!
“They’d won it four times by then. You can never foresee. It just needs running.
“It needs direction, leadership. It needs understanding of what it is. It needs some care.
“If you take Newcastle by takings, crowd, whatever, it’s something like the 17th biggest football club in the world.
“That means it should be amongst the top four or five in England.
“Yes, Man United are bigger. Yes, Liverpool are bigger, but they’re only bigger because they’ve won things. It could all change with new ownership. You never know, it might just be around the corner.”
A new owner at St. James’ Park could mark the beginning of a new era for Newcastle. Just look at the way Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour have revolutionised Chelsea and Manchester City respectively. However, getting rid of Ashley appears to be easier said than done.
Do you agree with Keegan?
It is at least clear that he wouldn’t mind moving on, but that still requires the right bid to come in to convince him to leave once and for all. Should that offer come through, though, the supporters will no doubt be dancing on the streets in the North East.
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