FAN VIEW: Newcastle fans are filled with euphoria and can wear shirts with pride again… but we need a new manager to keep the good vibes going
Newcastle’s £305million Saudi takeover by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) was ratified by the Premier League on Thursday on a momentous day for the north-east club.
Fans took to the streets outside their St James’ Park stadium to celebrate the new era as well as the end of Mike Ashley’s 14 years in charge.
Sportsmail spoke to host of the True Faith podcast, Alex Hurst, to get his thoughts on what needs to happen now…
Newcastle fans took to the streets outside St James’ Park to celebrate their Saudi takeover
Podcast host Alex Hurst tells Sportsmail that they need to axe Steve Bruce as the manager
There is a euphoric feeling across the city right now and supporters will wear the shirt with pride once more.
It won’t just be on a matchday when you see black and white around town. There will be a sense of identity that has been missing for the past 14 years.
It is not just about the wealth of the new owners, or that we expect the team to compete in the top 10 of the Premier League and beyond. It is as much that Mike Ashley has gone, that this massive problem for Newcastle United is disappearing.
Fans returned in their droves at news of the Saudi takeover and the end of Mike Ashley’s tenure
Bruce will find himself under massive pressure and Hurst feels axing Bruce is the next step
There are tens of thousands of fans who have walked away from the club. They will now come back – old men who gave up years ago, young children falling in love with their city’s football club.
The new regime’s first game, a week on Sunday at home to Tottenham, will be my best-ever day supporting the club. The only meaningful matches I’ve seen in recent years are relegation six-pointers.
This will be different. All of the emotion of 14 years of Ashley will come out in one game.
The one thing that could suck the life out of it, however, is if Steve Bruce is still manager. The new owners need to keep the good vibes going and make a change now. The team cannot get any worse with an interim such as Graeme Jones in charge.
Amanda Staveley, who owns 10 per cent as part of the takeover, did not want to discuss Bruce
What we want beyond that is to see a clear, long-term plan communicated by the new owners. We never had that with Ashley. We want to see investment in infrastructure – the training ground is an embarrassment, the stadium needs modernising and the academy needs more care.
We want to see ambitious statements, not just in signing the best players but by a commitment to constant improvement.
That is all we ask – that the club is allowed to fulfil its potential. We now have that chance.