Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has sent a message to fans on the eve of the anniversary of the club’s takeover.
The Premier League side were taken over on 7th October 2021 and were freed from Mike Ashley’s unpopular ownership of the club in the process.
Supporters celebrated the news outside St. James’ Park 12 months ago and it has been an eventful past year for the North East outfit.
Al-Rumayyan has been reflecting on his time at the helm so far and has published this statement. Here is everything he has had to say below...
To all the fans of Newcastle United Football Club,
Thank you for your incredible support. I am very conscious of the contributions that you all make – on and off the field. Football clubs are driven by their fans. And this Club’s fans are more passionate and more committed than any others. I have seen for myself on many occasions how Newcastle fans have lifted our team.
As we mark the first anniversary of our takeover of the Club, it seemed appropriate to take the time to say thank you – on behalf of the Newcastle Board.
The first game after the takeover will live long in my memory. The feeling of pride at holding the black and white scarf as I entered the stadium. The collective roar of 52,000 of you and the unrivalled, electric atmosphere of St. James’ Park on match-day. I will never forget the warmth of your welcome to my fellow board members and me on that October day.
A year ago, we set out some principles in an open letter that framed our thinking as custodians of the Club. We told you that we wanted to build, over time, a consistently successful team. And we told you that we were focused on long-term success.
There is still a long way to go, but each season is a building block towards our objective – to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe. The Club we are building is made up of people who understand our long-term vision, and who understand the patience and persistence that it will take to achieve those goals. Those values are reflected in the players that we bring to the Club. Bringing the women’s team into direct ownership of the Club is a part of that plan. Progress won’t always be smooth – but we will always forge ahead. You can rest assured that we are all working very hard to drive the Club forward.
The support of our fans and the Newcastle community is an incredible motivation for us. It will never be taken for granted.
Newcastle fans are dreaming of European football and Eddie Howe’s team have started the new season well. They are currently seventh in the league table after picking up 11 points from their opening eight games and have lost only once so far this term to Liverpool.
The first two transfer windows under the new owners have seen the likes of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimarães, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Nick Pope and Alexander Isak come through the entrance door to help improve the squad.
Howe’s side were in a relegation battle for a substantial period of time in the last campaign before eventually staying rather comfortably in the end. They now have their sights set on success this term and fans are enjoying life under the new regime.