'I would love': Warren Barton shares what he wants to happen at Newcastle amid takeover talks
Newcastle United icon Warren Barton says he wants the Magpies players to “feel what I felt” when he played for the club amid the latest takeover developments.
According to multiple outlets such as The Guardian, a Saudi Arabian-led consortium is close to finally taking over Newcastle United and ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the club.
Saudi Arabia have resolved an issue with BeIN Sports regarding piracy and broadcasting, which had lasted four-and-a-half years.
In addition, the consortium has reportedly proven that the Saudi state would not have control of the club, according to BBC Sport.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund will be seen as separate to the state and therefore allow the takeover to pass the Premier League owners’ and directors’ test, added the report.
Newcastle fans have had to put up with over a decade of mediocrity, with relegation battles and stints in the Championship instead of title tilts and cup runs, which were once the norm.
Newcastle fans’ love for the club “close to religion” – Barton
And with the long-awaited takeover looming, Barton spoke of his desire for the players to have that connection and understanding with the club and the fans once again.
He told Sky Sports News: “They (the fans) live and breathe (the club), it’s close to religion, it’s even more important than that because when you are in that club… we had that connection with the fans.
“Times of Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson, that was part of us and we were part of them, there was a togetherness, an understanding of what the responsibility I had as a player wearing that shirt.
“I would love the players that are in that changing room now and at the club to feel what I felt, because I’m never gonna get that back again, it was the best years of my life, I gave everything I had for the club.”