With joyful fans outside St James’ Park, Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey “wanted beer” as well.
When Newcastle United’s £300 million takeover was announced last week, fans went to St James’ Park to rejoice – and Jonjo Shelvey confesses he was tempted to drive down and participate in the celebrations.
When Newcastle’s £300 million acquisition was revealed last week, Jonjo Shelvey says he considered driving out to St James’ Park and having a beer with the fans.
The Magpies have a new owner after Mike Ashley sold his shares to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, making them one of the richest teams in the world.
Bin Salman’s Public Investment Fund is said to be worth £320 billion, giving Newcastle significant financial clout.
When the takeover was announced last Thursday, thousands of euphoric Newcastle fans gathered to St James’ Park to celebrate, drinking beer, screaming chants, and throwing flares.
Shelvey, who has been with the club for six years, says he was on the verge of joining the party.
The Newcastle midfielder told the Daily Mail, “Those scenes outside the stadium were unbelievable.”
“I planned on taking a drive down because I wanted to be out there with a beer in my hand!
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“That was a one-of-a-kind reaction in the stadium. I believe what we saw was a release of irritation and relief that the agreement had finally transpired, as fans have been through a lot in the past.
“Credit also goes to the fans, who have aided in the completion of this contract. It provides us with a lot to look forward to.
“On Friday night, I went to see Newcastle Blue Star, where one of my friends plays goal. I couldn’t believe it when I saw about 1,000 fans, all of them were fully grown males dressed in Arab garb.
“I left at halftime because I couldn’t watch the game in the end, but it was insane. They were overjoyed.” Following Bin Salman’s acquisition, Newcastle have already been connected with a number of high-profile players, with rumours in Italy stating Juventus duo Federico Chiesa and Matthijs de Ligt are on their want list.
In the near future, Steve Bruce is anticipated to be replaced as manager by a high-profile figure such as Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Frank Lampard, or Steven Gerrard.