Amanda Staveley reacts to Newcastle United’s win v PSG as Yasir Al Rumayyan makes St James’ Park visit

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It’s almost exactly two years since Newcastle United were taken over by PIF.

Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley reflected on a historic night at St James’ Park as French champions Paris Saint-Germain left shellshocked.

On their first Champions League home night for 20 years, the Magpies hammered PSG 4-1 to move top of Group F. Goals from Miguel Almiron, Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff put United 3-0 up before Lucas Hernandez’s header was cancelled out by Fabian Schar.

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Reflecting on the result, Staveley posted on Instagram: “What a night. No words to describe the pride I have in this team.”

Also in attendance were fellow co-owners Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben while United’s non-executive chairman and governor of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia Yasir Al-Rumayyan also made the trip over from the Middle East.

All of the aforementioned made their way down to the St James’ Park pitch after full-time and enjoyed a brief kickabout as they soaked in a memorable victory.

The win versus PSG was Al-Rumayyan’s first visit to the club’s stadium since Eddie Howe’s side officially sealed Champions League qualification with a goalless draw against Leicester City in May.

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Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan in action on the pitch after  the UEFA Champions League match between Newcastle United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at St. James Park on October 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan in action on the pitch after  the UEFA Champions League match between Newcastle United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at St. James Park on October 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan in action on the pitch after the UEFA Champions League match between Newcastle United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at St. James Park on October 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It’s almost two years since the PIF-led consortium purchased Newcastle from Mike Ashley and in that time, they’ve gone from Premier League relegation candidates to holding their own on the Champions League stage.

Following a difficult start to the campaign with three consecutive defeats against Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton, Newcastle are now unbeaten in their last six matches.

That includes wins against Brentford, Sheffield United and Burnley in the Premier League while also dumping Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup.

United’s draw with AC Milan at the San Siro, coupled with the win over PSG, has increased hopes of advancing into the last 16 of Champions League, although there are still four games to go.

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