Following the Cambridge defeat, the Newcastle squad was visited by Saudi chiefs and bodyguards.
On Saturday, Cambridge United eliminated Newcastle United from the FA Cup.
Soon after Newcastle United’s shock FA Cup defeat to Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon, club chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan paid a surprise visit to the squad.
The Magpies were humiliated when they were knocked out of the cup in the third round by a League One side.
Despite having 23 shots on goal, Eddie Howe’s team was unable to win against their ostensibly overmatched opponents.
Cambridge only scored seven goals in response, but one of them was a game-winning goal by Joe Ironside as Cambridge won 1-0.
When the goal went in, VAR confirmed it, and the final whistle confirmed their passage to the fourth round, the travelling fans were in raptures.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s players were dejected after yet another poor performance in front of their home fans.
The fourth round of the FA Cup has been drawn, and each team’s ball numbers have been revealed.
Kieran Trippier, a new signing, was one of them, and his first 90 minutes in black and white were a disaster.
Al-Rumayyan and his bodyguards paid the players a visit in the locker room after the game.
The visit had several unusual aspects, the first of which was the presence of a figure as senior as a chairman, and the second of which was how soon after the final whistle it occurred.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund, which bought a controlling stake in the club in October, has high hopes for the Toon, which have been backed up by an investment in early January.
However, with the team struggling in the Premier League and having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Al-Rumayyan clearly felt it was time to step in.
“I personally wasn’t in there for that [the visit],” Howe said after the game.
After that, they saw me with my coaching staff.
“I believe they were very supportive of the players, emphasizing the fact that we’re all fighting to stay in the league together, and they’re 100% behind everyone.”
“I can’t express my gratitude enough for their help.
“I think the players benefitted from being able to see and hear that because of the journey we’re on.”
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