What Yasir Al-Rumayyan told Eddie Howe after Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup final loss
Eddie Howe briefly spoke with Yasir Al-Rumayyan after Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester United.
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Newcastle United non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan jetted in from Saudi Arabia to watch the club’s Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester United.
Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund that owns 80 per-cent of the Magpies, watched on from the Royal Box at Wembley alongside co-owner Amanda Staveley.
The Magpies lost 2-0 after first-half goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford but rather than reflect on the disappointment, Al-Rumayyan was keen to reflect on the positives.
In just 18 months under the ownership, United have gone from Premier League relegation to European contenders, and played in a first domestic final in 24 years.
The 54-year wait for a trophy goes on, but in the words of Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben, this is just the start for an ambitious Newcastle.
“He [Yasir] will have been very interested in today as a whole in terms of the atmosphere and experience,” said Howe. “I’m sure he’ll be disappointed to lose, as we all are connected with Newcastle.”
Howe was hugged by Al-Rumayyan and Staveley when collecting his runners-up medal. The 45-year-old continued: “My little embrace with him there when we picked up our medals, he was very positive.”