January 25, 2022 4:47 pm

“Pathetic Newcastle.” Alan Shearer exploded due to the elimination in the FA Cup of the richest club in the world

The richest soccer club in the world he was eliminated by a more famous rival in the traditional college rowing competition against Oxford than by his exploits with a ball. To the public commotion caused in England in October by the purchase of Newcastle at € 350 million by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, chaired by the crown prince, Mohamed bin Salmán, is followed by astonishment at the lack of reaction from a team that is in relegation place in the Premier League and this saturday it was on the sidelines of the third round of the FA Cup.

Highlights of the Cambridge Bump

In the stately St. James Park, stadium of the Magpies (the Magpies), which since October is considered a new club-state lost 1-0 to Cambridge United, team of the League One (third division), in which it ranks 16th out of 24 participants. The Bulgarian archer Dimitar Mitov was the figure with several key saves. In Newcastle, where in this century the Argentines Carlos Cordone, Christian Bassedas, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonás Gutiérrez, Facundo Ferreyra and Federico Fernández -current member of the squad-, wonder if the economic injection will be enough to reactivate the team in the second half of the season and avoid a second decline in the last six years.

Cambridge and a historic celebration

Fans enthusiastically greeted the arrival of the new Saudi patron, who succeeds the previous owner, Mike Ashley, a British businessman who made his fortune with the chain of sports venues Sports Direct, but much questioned in Newcastle for the low investment in football. Ashley bequeathed Steve Bruce, a coach hardened in a conservative style of play based on balls, more identified with old British football than with modern offensive paradigms.

This Saturday Trippier debuted, the reinforcement that came from Atlético de Madrid; they will go for morePAUL ELLIS – AFP

Beyond aesthetic and taste issues, Bruce was condemned for poor results. Fifteen days after taking office, the new owners fired Bruce and hired for three seasons Eddie Howe, backed by his eight-year tenure at Bournemouth, which he promoted to the Premier in 2015.

But Howe’s hand is not enough to break the fall. Accumulate six defeats -including Cambridge for the FA Cup-, three ties and a victory, a 1-0 a Burnley, which is on the decline, as are Newcastle and Norwich. To top it all, Howe gave another bad news this Saturday: the forward and scorer Callum Wilson (6 points) will be out for two months due to injury.

Cambridge players celebrate historic triumph
Cambridge players celebrate historic triumphPAUL ELLIS – AFP

The urgencies increase and most only see a solution in the economic muscle of the Saudis to hire rescue reinforcements in the January market. Against Cambridge made his side debut Kieran Trippier, whose desire to return to English football became unstoppable when Newcastle offered double -6.5 million euros per year– of what he was earning at Atlético de Madrid. Diego Simeone He was in favor of retaining it, he needed it for his scheme, but he could do nothing before the will of the ex-Tottenham and the 15 million euros that remained in the mattress treasury due to the transfer.

Eddie Howe, the coach hired by the Saudis who fails to lift Newcastle
Eddie Howe, the coach hired by the Saudis who fails to lift NewcastlePAUL ELLIS – AFP

Several clubs are concerned – among them, the Leeds by Marcelo Bielsa- for the possibility that the Premier League will turn a blind eye to a Newcastle that is tempted with violate the Fair Play financial with millionaire hires, thanks to a budget that does not respond to the genuine resources generated by the club, but to the huge sums that the Saudis can inject. According to The Athletic, Newcastle could allocate right now 120 million euros in reinforcements. At the moment, Leeds has a direct competitor in Newcastle to stay in first. Loco Bielsa’s team is 16th, with eight points more than the Magpies, which will be hosted on Elland Road on the 22nd of this month.

Despite recurring absences due to a never-ending disabled list, Leeds will not go on the market with a policy as aggressive as Newcastle’s. Until now, the only reinforcement of the European winter was the Spanish striker Mateo Joseph, 18 years old, who will be part of the Sub 23 squad. “As long as he shows his qualities, which we know he has, he will find his place in the club. Like every young player who arrives, he does so after very careful study. Hopefully their integration is quick and exceeds the level of the players who are in their position, “said Bielsa about the recent incorporation.

  Amanda Staveley, a former British model who mediated the arrival of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund and now occupies a managerial position
Amanda Staveley, a former British model who mediated the arrival of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund and now occupies a managerial positionPAUL ELLIS – AFP

In two weeks, will Leeds face a revitalized Newcastle for a big name? Sevilla has already rejected an offer of 25 million euros for the defender Diego Carlos, for whom they could stretch to 45 million. Another alternative for the position is Sven Botman, from Lille.

For the midfield there are efforts by Aaron Ramsey, that is not taken into account by Juventus, in need of lowering its wage bill. The Welshman already knows the Premier for his long stint at Arsenal. Up front, they will seek company for the French Allan Saint-Maximin, possessor of an unbalanced dribble. One option is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, from Everton, without ruling out Pierre Aubameyang, by Arsenal. From Brazil they report an interest in Gabigol, Flamengo’s scorer.

Alan Shearer was lapidary

Although it is wealthy and has spanned three centuries – it was founded in 1892 – Newcastle has been in the business for a long time. desert regarding titles. His last great trophy was in 1955, in the FA Cup that has just been eliminated. He won four English leagues, the last in 1927. The greatest contemporary achievement he has to offer is individual, with Alan Shearer, that in his 10 years with the black and white shirt he did most of the 260 goals with which he is the top scorer in the history of the Premier. Now a television commentator, Shearer is concerned about Newcastle. Former striker like Shearer and now also a media professional, Gary Lineker he is usually very ironic on his social networks. On his Twitter – his account has 8.3 million followers published that he feared meeting an angry Shearer when he saw him at night in the studio. Shearer agreed: “Well done Cambridge. Pathetic Newcastle ”, accompanied by emoji that symbolized fury.


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