After much delay and legal proceedings, the formal takeover of Newcastle United is finally complete. With the club’s new Saudi consortium fully on board, the North East side are now confirmed as the richest club in soccer.

In terms of history and their support, the Magpies are one of the biggest clubs in English soccer but they haven’t won a major trophy in more than 50 years. The new owners are clearly aiming to end that barren run very soon but what needs to happen before silverware arrives at St James’s Park?

Coach Under Pressure

Newcastle’s new owners arrived with the club firmly in the relegation zone. It’s early days in the new EPL campaign but it’s clearly a concern that the Magpies haven’t won any of their opening eight matches.

As a result of that wretched run, there’s far more chance of Newcastle United being relegated than winning the Premier League title this season. Current betting markets indicate that bottom side Norwich City are the firm favourites to drop down into the second tier of English football, shortly followed by Watford and Burnley.

Just behind those three, Newcastle United are lurking as the fourth favourites to be relegated to the Championship at the end of 2021/22.

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For Newcastle to steer away from that relegation zone, the new owners will have to consider key changes in personnel. Manager Steve Bruce is under pressure to deliver and, having lost to Spurs in front of that new consortium, it’s thought that he will be replaced within the next few weeks.

January Moves

Head coach Steve Bruce faces the axe and it’s also obvious that the current Newcastle United roster will need some improvements. While the prospect of playing for the world’s richest club will have some obvious appeal, the possibility of Newcastle dropping down into the second tier makes things difficult.

The European transfer window will open once again in January and much will depend on Newcastle’s league position at that time. If they are some way clear of the relegation zone then it should be easy to secure new players on a permanent basis. If relegation remains a serious prospect at that time, the reluctance of new signings to join on a long term contract may mean that temporary loan deals are the solution.

Among those being linked with a move to St James’s Park are Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, James Tarkowski of Burnley and the Manchester United pair of Donny Van De Beek and Dean Henderson. Those are some impressive names but, while Newcastle United should be busy in the transfer market in January, that threat of relegation could be a major stumbling block.

Clear Aims

The richest club in world soccer will have clear aims: Firstly, Newcastle’s new owners will be looking to challenge for the English Premier League title at the end of each season. At the same time, the Magpies will want a guaranteed place in the Champions League – the elite tournament for European clubs.

Newcastle now have the money to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea whenever a high profile player becomes available for transfer. That kind of transformation may, however, take a season or two to take shape and that’s why it’s imperative that the club avoids relegation at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

In the short term, we can expect current coach Steve Bruce to be replaced while new faces will arrive to boost the existing squad in January. Whether it will be enough to keep the Magpies in the Premier League remains to be seen.

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