Newcastle United are preparing for the January transfer window

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Newcastle United are preparing for the forthcoming January transfer window according to the director of the club, Amanda Staveley.

Amanda who is also a shareholder of the Premier League side said the club’s owners would back the club’s new coach Eddie Howe during the transfer window.

Recall that since late October 2021, supporters of Newcastle United have been very excited because their club is now owned by a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium. The consortium is reportedly worth about £320 billion which means that the group has a lot of money to invest in the club.

When the new owners officially took over the affairs of the club from the former owner Mike Ashley, they vowed to massively invest in the club starting from the club’s squad.

Amanda Staveley echoed that promised on Thursday, November 11, in an interview with the official website of Newcastle United. During the interview, the businesswoman turn football administrator said investing in Howe’s squad is very important.

Recall that Eddie Howe who made his name at Bournemouth by helping them to gain promotion from league one to Championship and then to the Premier League replaced Steve Bruce because the club’s supporters thought Bruce would not be able to lead the club under the new owners.

Initially, the club’s supporters were expecting a big-name coach but when it was obvious that no big-name coach want to join a club placed on the 19th spot and yet to win a game in 11 Premier League matches, they settled for Howe.

Now that the issue of who will coach the club under the new owners has been settled, all eyes are on the January transfer window.

“We are preparing for the January transfer window”, Staveley said. “It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that is important at the moment.

“It would have been an easy decision for us not to buy the club, just to wait until post-Christmas and post-January window and see where the club was in the league, and then make the acquisition.

“That would have been the safe investment bet, but we didn’t do that. We decided, if we didn’t do it now, it wasn’t going to happen and we had to take that risk.

“We took that risk because the club was sitting in 19th position at the time and Eddie took the job knowing there was that risk.”

Eddie Howe of Newcastle United took the same risk the Saudi Arabia-back consortium took

Newcastle United new coach Eddie Howe and the club's director Amanda Staveley.
Newcastle United new coach Eddie Howe and the club’s director Amanda Staveley.

Though the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium started the process to buy Newcastle United long before the 2021-2022 season, most critics said it was a risk for the group to buy the club when the club is battling to survive relegation.

As mentioned earlier, the club’s director Amanda Staveley had admitted that the group took a risk to go on with the deal. Luckily for the consortium, the group was able to get a coach in Eddie Howe who is not scared of being relegated.

“We had to have someone leading the club who was not frightened of relegation,” said Staveley.

“Obviously he had an incredible impact on Bournemouth and I think we were impressed with the fact he’s done all that on quite limited resources.

“It’s very easy to win trophies if you’ve got a lot of money or a lot of infrastructure or a lot of people. But when you are limited by those factors, his success really shone out.”

Howe who has started training the Newcastle United players who were not invited for national team duties this November will kick start his campaign on Saturday, November 20, 2021, against Brentford. The game will kick off at 16:00.

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  • Onunkwo chiedochie 8 months ago

    One thing i know for sure is this, Newcastle will make a big name signing during the January transfer windows