Newcastle celebrates as Saudi-led takeover confirmed
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Newcastle United’s new owners have changed their approach to the January transfer window after realising the club is in a worse state on the pitch than they thought, according to reports. The Saudi Arabian-backed takeover was completed last month to end Mike Ashley’s much-maligned reign at St James Park.
Newcastle fans have already seen a change in manager, with Eddie Howe replacing Steve Bruce.
The Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League table with just five points from their opening 11 matches of the season.
They are level on points with bottom-of-the-table Norwich, who many have already written off as destined for the Championship.
And the shocking start to the campaign has led to a change in approach from the new owners.
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Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles says Newcastle were initially taking a conservative approach to the January window.
But now as many as six players could be brought in to help fight the battle against relegation.
Castles said: “They have realised that the club is in a worse state in football terms than they expected when they came in, and that relegation is a real possibility given the poor quality of players they have and the position they’re in in the division.
“How do they solve that? Obviously the January window has become far more important to them.
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“Initially the idea was to be conservative in the January window, don’t want to do deals then, they were conscious it is difficult to bring players in mid-season, that prices can be high, availability is limited.
“But they now feel that they have to use the window to its maximum potential to radically change the squad.
“I’m hearing talk of maybe five or six players coming in. Then the question is how do you do that? What’s the best strategy to take players?”
Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley said last week that preparations had already begun ahead of January.
Staveley also explained why she thinks former Bournemouth boss Howe is the right man to spearhead the revolution.
“We are preparing for the January transfer window,” she told the club’s official website.
“It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment.
“We had to have someone leading the club who was not frightened of relegation.
“Obviously he has had an incredible impact on Bournemouth and I think we were impressed with the fact he’s done all that on quite limited resources.”
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