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What's next for the Toon a year on from the takeover, lads prepare for Brentford, Joelinton previews the weekend's game

David H · Wednesday 5th October 2022
What's next for the Toon a year on from the takeover, lads prepare for Brentford, Joelinton previews the weekend's game

Wednesday's recap

The Athletic looks at the takeover and what's next for the Toon

  • The Athletic looks ahead at NUFC post-takeover, a day before the one-year anniversary(Paywall)
  • There is a belief it will take three summer windows to fully rebuild the squad
  • The ownership’s five-to-10-year timeline for competing at the highest level remains unchanged
  • There is unequivocal support for the “incredible” Eddie Howe and recognition internally that this is a season of transition for the first team
  • Building commercial revenues is the next big challenge, but Newcastle are effectively starting from scratch.
  • Their commercial department has been a staff of four — the biggest clubs in the Premier League employ 250 people
  • Newcastle are in discussions with documentary-makers
  • They have narrowed down their search for a new training ground to four sites, which must now include accommodation for players
  • At Howe’s insistence, they have invested heavily on their existing training facility, including spending £1m on building and maintaining a new hydrotherapy unit
  • Pre-takeover, the annual academy budget was little more than half of the average Category 1 Premier League club budget but has now been significantly boosted
  • They are close to announcing the next women’s game to be played at St James’, with the club “desperate” to beat the domestic league record 47,000 attendance
  • They are returning to Saudi during the World Cup for a winter training camp
  • There are wider infrastructure plans for the city and the club will press the Government to bring their “levelling-up” agenda to Newcastle
  • Supporters will be consulted before any contentious commercial decisions, with the club mulling over a stadium partner rather than full-blown naming rights

Magpie Channel TV speaks to Keith Downie

Joelinton Speaks to NUFCTV

I don’t think you can change a club in one season, or one year, it takes time. We need to work on a lot of things, build a team to give them the good support to work. I think we always have the pressure when we play football and when you play for a big club like Newcastle the pressure is always there. Of course, we as players, and me, I always put pressure on me to play well, keep improving and we always pressure to be better because we have to win games and we’ve lost a few chances to get more points on the table.

Callum Wilson speaks to the Chronicle

On the takeover - It feels like yesterday when the takeover happened. It’s a complete turnaround. It’s been a transition, definitely. You are starting to see better players come in the door, more money being spent on players and better competition. The feel around the place has changed in the last year. The cloud has been lifted over the club. I always said that this club was a sleeping giant and it feels like it’s starting to wake now. It’s all positive.

Pope claims second Player of the Month Award

  • Pope capped off another great month with another POTM award
  • It's the second time Pope has won the club's POTM award since joining
  • Pope has been vital to NUFC's good start to the season, having joined to fight Dubravka for the number 1 spot