During ‘once in a lifetime’ Atlanta takeover announcement, Jamaal Lascelles was called by Amanda Staveley
According to Jamaal Lascelles, who was speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, he asked, ‘Amanda who?who?who? I don’t have her number saved in my phone’ when Staveley called to confirm the takeover of the club.
After it took him a few seconds to figure out who Amanda Staveley was because he didn’t have her saved in his phone. Jamaal Lascelles described the experience as giving him goosebumps the moment she called to confirm the Newcastle takeover was happening.
Despite what happened in the match, Newcastle captain Brian Smith says the squad are eager to prove themselves. He spoke exclusively to Sky Sports News for the first time since the takeover of the club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Lascelles met Staveley on Monday but his first interaction with Staveley was over the phone 30 minutes before last Thursday’s announcement with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi and co-owner and CEO Mehrdad Ghodoussi.
‘Amanda who?’ was his response when his phone rang at home with his partner and kids. We were sitting in our living room.
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When she called, I didn’t have her number saved, so she said, ‘Amanda Staveley.’ Anyway, I rushed into the other room and she told me to prepare for the takeover in 30 minutes.
My reaction was awe-inspiring. I had goosebumps. I felt really engaged.
Afterward, they came in on Monday and expressed their appreciation. They seemed like real genuine people who wanted to grow a relationship and communicate with us.
He insists that he and his team-mates are not in denial about the fact they are playing for their futures in St James’ Park after suffering a defeat to Wolves just before the international break.
Similarly, he feels empathy for Tottenham manager Steve Bruce, who expected to replaced this week. But will remain in charge for the visit of Tottenham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, but he hopes the uncertainty will help spur his team on.
Despite the uncertainty among the boys, Lascelles said, his team saw it as an opportunity to impress, making an impact.
Often we get into comfort zones and repeat ourselves, but when you hear such ambitious owners talking about doing this and that, we see it as an opportunity.
The takeover has been all people have been talking about here since I came. I am glad it has happened. The city wants its team to push for trophies, not just survive.
We now have that mindset shift and extra drive to impress – everyone has a future – and match their ambition, and it gives us that added edge to get a result on Sunday.”
Fans might be disappointed that more blockbuster transfer coups might have to wait until sometime in the future because the new owners are unlikely to splash out hundreds of millions straight away.
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Newcastle could soon return to the glory days in the 90’s and early 2000’s if they are able to add great players to their current squad.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, new owners are preparing the £8m sack fee for Steve Bruce, who has not been popular with supporters.
It seems that the first agenda item will be picking a new boss, but arrangements will be made on how to attract new players.
There have been rumors that Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Raheem Sterling may all be on their way to Newcastle.
Other players could be brought in with a lot less fuss and still vastly improve the Toon ranks.
The French striker is likely to be in high demand during 2022.
Due to a lack of agreement with his current club Arsenal, Lacazette will have to find a new project when his contract runs out in the summer.
At this time in his career, the Gunners’ star still has one big contract left in him, so he’d like to be part of a project as exciting as possible.
Newcastle United is by far the most attractive challenge out there. Lacazette’s transfer won’t be cheap, but given the eye-watering wealth of the new owners, it seems unlikely.