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Duncan Castles drops worrying information on Newcastle United new ownership

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Newcastle United’s new ownership structure is different to the norm. They have Amanda Staveley in the UK making decisions, but everything has to be passed through PIF and then Saudi Arabia to receive the seal of approval.

This will have been a pain for Staveley as she looked to find Steve Bruce’s successor. Eddie Howe was by no means the first choice, with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Unai Emery mentioned, and now journalist Ian McGarry has referred to Howe as the ‘last man standing’ on The Transfer Window Podcast.

After McGarry’s comment, Duncan Castles went into a bit of detail on the appointment and the process: “Definitely not first choice. There were a number of other people who would have got that job. You talk about Steven Gerrard and he is just one name that they talked to and who had the opportunity to take over at Newcastle United decided not to think in an ideal world, certainly stable is sight of this and we’ve talked about this in previous podcasts, part of the problem Newcastle United have is you have Amanda Staveley, PCP Capital having a management contract. She is in principle running the club at present, but basically her job is to make decisions and pass those decisions on to PIF on to Saudi Arabia to rubber stamp.”

It certainly seems a complex situation at the Toon, with major decisions not necessarily straight forward. Whether or not that process changes when a Director of Football is found remains to be seen. What we do know is it must be a nightmare for Staveley at the moment trying to make key decisions, needing everything approved before she can move forward.

Regardless of who they may have wanted originally, the Newcastle fans are getting behind Howe and the team with some new found optimism. They’ll just be relieved to have a manger they’re happy with when you take into account the process they had to go through!     

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