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New Newcastle owner Staveley details plans to overhaul club and sign world-class players

10:24 BST 09/10/2021
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With Mike Ashley now gone and a new era beginning, the Magpies hope to become a major force in the Premier League

Newcastle's new part-owner Amanda Staveley has promised the club will sign world-class players to fuel their fight for trophies.

Staveley's company, PCP Capital Partners, purchased a minority share of the Premier League side as part of the £300 million ($408m) takeover which saw the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund become majority shareholder this week.

The new owners have promised to invest heavily in the club and Staveley promises star players will be coming in.

What has been said?

"We are in the market to compete for world-class players," she said in an interview with The Sun.

"We have great ambitions — I hope it’s going to be a game changer for Newcastle United.

"But if you don’t put the infrastructure around that world-class player and you don’t have a team that can play with him, you’ll get nowhere."

She added: "The training ground is really awful and needs a huge amount of investment.

"Luckily, that is one area we are not restricted by Financial Fair Play.

"There is no point in having fantastic players if there is nowhere for them to train.

"To get to the top of the Premier League you need a strong foundation, not just great players. They need to be robust and we need to build them.

"We also want to invest in St James’ Park — it needs a little bit more love."

What changes could Newcastle make?

The Magpies have already been linekd with several big names since the new owners came in.

Ciro Immobile, Mauro Icardi, Philippe Coutinho and Kalidou Koulibaly are among the names reported to be targets for the club.

There has also been speculation surrounding Steve Bruce's future, as the manager admitted he fears he could be sacked before their next match.

Antonio Conte has been highlighted as a potential replacement for Bruce.

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