Former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness has insisted that his former club are ‘very special’ and says the Tyneside outfit would be a good buy for any potential investor.
Current owner Mike Ashley declared the club officially for sale last week after a decade long tenure at it’s helm, sparking wild rumours as to who would be the next person in charge of the Magpies.
Financier Amanda Staveley heads the list of favourites to takeover the club after she appeared at St James Park just over a fortnight ago to watch Rafael Benitez’s side draw 1-1 with Liverpool.
Staveley, who helped broker Sheikh Mansour’s purchase of Manchester City, is expected widely to become the club’s new owner before the new year, and Souness says it would be a great club for her, or any other investor, to have under their belt.
“When I went to Newcastle as manager, I was like every manager that had gone there since they’d previously won something in ‘69 – you think you can be the one to make the difference, you can be the one to win something.” Souness told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It’s a very, very special football club – the passion is enormous for the football club within the city.
“I think £300m is a fair price for them, given the way our football is going. If you look at the interest in the Premier League throughout the world – and I still think we’re only just scratching the surface when you start to look at the Far East with China, Indonesia, India ultimately and the numbers that will be involved there.
“Newcastle would be a good buy for someone. If you get the right people in there, there isn’t going to be any shortage of support from that city.”