12/10/2021; 10:59 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Many still find thea of the Newcastle takeover galling.
It will be nice to say at this juncture that the face of English football has changed, perhaps forever, as it now bears a multi-face with the major clubs in the hands of the Qataris, American hedge fund, Russian oil monarch and now the Saudis.
The English game goes into its next phase, with more traditional clubs on the verge of being knocked into irrelevance. The bold and brazen manner in which the deal was concluded leaves a sour taste in the mouth, but it is what it is, and the game must go on.
Newcastle, particularly their fans who have thirsted for glory for a long time, would care less, and the new owners start their power moves. Newcastle fans, you’re just on for the ride - the mission is the English and European takeover.
After the sale of Newcastle, the new owners have gone into full work mode as plans have already been mapped out on how to win the Premier League. A new report suggests that the new owners have already made contact with actor of football.
French outlet Foot Mercato reports through Sport Witness that Antero Henrique, a former PSG chief, is on the radar of the Saudi owners.
Newcastle United are set to hold interviews with both Antero Henrique and Ralf Rangnick as they pursue a new sporting director to lead the project. [The Mirror] #NUFC pic.twitter.com/9sVRLiWwYq— ToonArmy (@toonarmy_com) October 12, 2021
The representatives of the new owners are reported to have made contact with the Portuguese. To build a team that can challenge the Premiership heavyweights for the title is what they desire.
The 53-year-old Antero departed Parisian giants PSG in 2019. It was at Porto, asctor of football, he made his name.
At Porto, many big names in football are ascribed to him. His tenure at the Portuguese club saw the discovery of players like Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Alex Sandro. The arrival of Kylian Mbappe at PSG is also credited to his genius.
Aside from conjuring up a side capable of world domination, Antero has the arduous task of navigating the club away from its present position to safety.
His first job will be finding a manager to take over from Steve Bruce. He will need to get a manager who is not afraid of the relegation scrap that Newcastle finds itself in and one that can rub shoulders with the game’s elite. Coaches in this mould are scarce to come by.
Several managers have been linked with the Newcastle job, but doubts remain over their interest.
Steven Gerrard is one of the names mentioned, but it is too high risk for him, while Frank Lampard and former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre are also in line.