Newcastle legend Alan Shearer ‘daring to hope again’ after £300m Saudi Arabian takeover of the Magpies as Michael Owen and Ant ‘n Dec celebrate the end of Mike Ashley’s controversial 14-year reign
- Alan Shearer joined Newcastle stars past and present in celebrating takeover
- Toon stars Allan Saint-Maximin and Isaac Hayden hailed the ambitious move
- The Premier League confirmed the £300m deal had been signed off on Thursday
- Fans have been protesting against Mike Ashley, urging him to sell the club
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is ‘daring to hope again’ after the £300million Saudi Arabian takeover of the club was completed on Thursday.
Michael Owen and Ant ‘n Dec also expressed their delight after Mike Ashley’s turbulent 14-year reign came to an end.
A statement released by the Premier League confirmed the takeover had been signed off after receiving ‘legally binding assurances’ that the Saudi state would not control the club.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer joined in the celebrations after the takeover was completed
Instead the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which will provide 80% of funds for the £300m deal, is seen as separate to the state
And BBC pundit Shearer posted: ‘Yesssssssss. We can dare to hope again.’
Last month Match of the Day presenter Shearer had bemoaned the lack of ‘hope’ and ‘ambition’ under Ashley following the 4-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Fans gathered to celebrate outside St James’ Park on Thursday as the takeover was confirmed
For years, Newcastle fans have been protesting against Ashley, urging him to sell the club
He said: ‘I hate what my club is or has become. It’s been a long time now, it’s a hollow and an empty football club.
‘There’s no hope or ambition and I’m pretty sick of it to be honest. It’s copy-paste-repeat every season.’
But the mood changed after Amanda Staveley promised Newcastle fans that the club’s new investors are in it for the ‘long haul’ and have ‘big ambitions’ for the Magpies.
Former Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle striker Owen tweeted: ‘Such good news for everyone associated with @NUFC. New ownership is exactly what the club needed. Renewed optimism, it could be a game changer for the club.’
Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign as owner of Newcastle has come to an end with a £305m takeover
Takeover is backed by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, led by Prince Mohamed bin Salman (R)
Winger Allan Saint-Maximin revealed the delight among the players.
He tweeted: A new start with an ambitious Newcastle United. You deserve it more than anyone.’
And Toon midfielder Isaac Hayden, 26, added: ‘Exciting times for the club and the city of Newcastle. Enjoy your cans #NUFC fans.’
Geordie TV presenters Ant and Dec posted: ‘Oh what a beautiful day.’
The takeover had been in doubt because of a piracy dispute between the Gulf state and its Premier League broadcast partner beIN Sports, but that was settled earlier this week, paving the way for the takeover to be completed.
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