Former professional footballer Nigel Jemson believes Newcastle United’s recent takeover will feel like winning the lottery for fans.
The takeover brought to an end a 14-year tenure for Mike Ashley at the club with a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund completing a £300m purchase of the football club [The Guardian].
Amongst the new owners is Amanda Staveley who set out the club’s long-term ambitions, telling Sky Sports: “Newcastle United deserves to be top of the Premier League. We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there.”
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That will be music to the ears of fans of Newcastle and Jemson believes this week’s takeover is like winning the lottery for supporters.
“Well, I think for Newcastle fans it’s like winning the lottery, isn’t it? They’ve been begging for Mike Ashley to leave the club for ages now, seems like an eternity. I saw that he’s put something like £400m in but really on net, he’s only spent £9.5m per year or something,” Jemson told This is Futbol.
Newcastle have a huge fanbase and according to Transfermarkt they have averaged 48,366 fans at home games this season which puts them seventh on the list of clubs in the Premier League and there were jubilant scenes at St James’ Park when the news broke that the takeover had gone through [Chronicle Live].