Thomas Tuchel delivers honest verdict on Newcastle United takeover
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given his opinion on the Newcastle United takeover, admitting he has concerns but insisting he trusts the Premier League’s decision.
The Blues boss is also pleased for the Magpies fans and acknowledges that “we have a new competitor” for silverware in England.
A consortium consisting of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley, and David and Simon Reuben is now in charge at St James’ Park.
The PIF – worth an alleged £700bn – have taken an 80 percent stake in the club after the Premier League finally approved a deal which had originally been agreed early last year.
And the new owners are expected to bring about wholesale changes at St James’ Park to turn the club from a relegation battler to a trophy challenger in the coming years.
However, the takeover hasn’t come without criticism from some quarters.
Last week, the other 19 Premier League clubs reportedly called for an emergency meeting to discuss the takeover and the speed with which it was agreed.
According to The Guardian, they are united in opposition to the consortium being allowed to buy out Mike Ashley and are demanding to know what changed for it to be waved through and why they received so little notice.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was just one of the Premier League managers asked what he thought of the takeover on Tyneside and whether he had any concerns.
“In general yes, and I think it’s normal to have concerns,” The Telegraph quotes him as saying (1:52pm).
“But we trust in the Premier League that they have accepted, and they are the authorities in this case.
“This is a fact now that they allowed it, they have new owners, the new owners seem to be very promising for the fans and for a famous club here in England.
“And it seems that we have a new competitor for titles and for places in the top ranking, and this is what we are here for.
“We are playing in the toughest league, and it seems to get tougher.”
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