Eddie Howe says Newcastle United have the “building blocks” in place to get the club into position to challenge towards the top of the Premier League.
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On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the club’s Saudi Arabian takeover, chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan penned an open letter to the club’s supporters, vowing that “each season is a building block towards our objective – to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe.”
After so much change on and off the pitch over the last 12 months, Newcastle look in a good position.
Clearly, there’s an awful lot of work to do to first get into Europe and then build from there to be considered genuine contenders in the Premier League, but to see the rapid-fire upward-trajectory the club have embarked on in a relatively short amount of time is a mouth-watering prospect as it is.
There have been key appointments at sporting director and CEO level. A progressive head coach has been appointed. The calibre of signings have vastly improved all while existing players have raised their game. St James’ Park has become a fortress. According to The Athletic, there has been investment in both the training facilities and the club’s academy, while the women’s team have hit a new level.
Indeed, even those short bulletins don’t do the transformation justice. Ambition burns brightly, with both Al-Rumayyan and Amanda Staveley not exactly making their desire to see Newcastle win trophies in the coming years a secret.
What has Howe said one year on from the takeover?
Speaking to the club’s official media channel at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Brentford, Howe said: “The club’s come a long way.
“That positivity is still there. It’s a difficult thing to keep & everyone behind the scenes has done a very good job in putting the building blocks in place for what the club needs for long term success.”