Newcastle failed takeover poses questions around suitability

NEWCASTLE UNITED’s takeover by a consortium including the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, Middle East expert Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers may have collapsed, but the club remains up for sale and there is a chance the transaction could be rekindled. If that is the case, the controversy over Saudi Arabia, with its suspect […]

All stood still – Newcastle United’s financial position

NEWCASTLE United are still waiting for their proposed takeover to go ahead, a transaction that will surely herald a new direction for one of the English game’s great underachievers. The sale to the Saudi Arabian Private Investment Fund looks set to go ahead – regardless of misgivings about the Middle Eastern state’s human rights record. […]

Newcastle United and Saudi Arabia – a marriage of public convenience

IT’S a sign of the times, has a hint of double standards about it, and confirms the shallow nature of football with its mislaid moral compass. There’s no shortage of superlatives to describe what Newcastle United could achieve under their new ownership, but equally, there’s no lack of scepticism about the nature of the regime […]

72 Classic: Kevin Keegan and the art of the shrewd purchase

NOBODY had really heard of Joseph Kevin Keegan before August 1971. He had previously tried his luck with Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers before signing for Scunthorpe United and had barely appeared on the radar screen of the big clubs. Apart from Liverpool, who had something of a track record in unearthing lower division gems. […]

Great Reputations: Newcastle United 1968-69 – the last chorus of Blaydon Races

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans like to think of their club as one of the truly big footballing institutions in the country, and in terms of the Magpies’ support, heritage and potential, they are not too far wrong. But the problem is that Newcastle’s glory days are now more than half a century away and the era […]