‘They are not going to be bit-part players’: Jermaine Jenas believes £300m Newcastle takeover could ignite revolution at club and threaten established Premier League giants
- Jermaine Jenas thinks Newcastle’s proposed takeover could revolutionise them
- He believes the club would then have the potential to challenge for the top four
- The former midfielder said the club needs ‘cleansing’ and to bring back ambition
- The BBC pundit also suggested new owners create jobs by investing in the city
Jermaine Jenas believes Newcastle could challenge for the Premier League’s top four if their £300million takeover goes through.
Owner Mike Ashley is in talks with a consortium led by financier Amanda Staveley to sell the club after 13 years at St James’.
And Jenas, who played for the Magpies in the Champions League, thinks the buyers will want to revolutionise his former side and bring back the ambition that was lacking under Ashley.
Jermaine Jenas believes Newcastle could challenge for the top four if a takeover goes through
Financer Amanda Staveley is the lead negotiator for a consortium in a possible £300m deal
‘If this wealthy consortium is coming in, they are going to spend. They are not going to be bit-part players,’ the BBC pundit told The Mirror.
‘They are seeing Everton making moves, Wolves making moves, and thinking we want to be part of that.
‘Are Spurs losing their grip on what they thought they might have? Arsenal are having a wobble. This is a great period of time to get a club and go for the top four. That is what it is all about.
Mike Ashley has been at St James’ Park for 13 years but Jenas said the clubs needs ‘cleansing’
‘Kevin Keegan once famously said Newcastle needed fumigating when he took over.
‘It needs a complete restructuring of everything, from top to bottom. You’d need to replace 70 per cent of your playing squad in the next 2-3 years. These are big jobs.’
The former midfielder also believes new owners should follow in the footsteps of Manchester City by investing in the city’s surrounding areas to create jobs and build up the academy.
The former midfielder believes that the prospective buyers also need to invest in the city
‘You have to bring in sponsorships, invest in the city and get businesses and fans wanting to be involved with Newcastle United again, and a Premier League brand of real stock. That way you can go and spend your money.
‘There is a lot of work to do. It needs a cleansing.
‘Also bubbling down the line, these investors might be seeing this European Super League thing happening one day. I guess you have to be in a certain position to be part of that conversation.
The BBC pundit used Manchester City as an example to for the Northern club to use and follow
‘Newcastle is the North. They are the beacon club in the North.
‘Currently they have that area from Edinburgh down to Sheffield or Burnley, being the only Premier League club. That’s an amazing thought.
‘I would hope that they also see what Manchester City have done in terms of changing areas of that city, creating jobs, investment in the academy, surrounding the stadium, all those things to get people working and bring more life to the area.’