NEWCASTLE’S new Saudi supremo will be at St James’ Park for first match of the club’s new era today.
His Excellency Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Newcastle’s chairman following the £300m takeover, will attend this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Tottenham.
New Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan will attend the game against TottenhamCredit: Reuters
Al-Rummayan is governor of the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which now owns 80 per cent of the club.
It is understood he will not be a regular visitor to the North East but will be present for the symbolic occasion on Tyneside.
Al-Rummayan is one of the most powerful men in Saudi Arabia, also holding the post of chairman of Saudi Aramco, the country’s oil and natural gas company which is one of the biggest firms in the world by revenue.
The new regime do not plan a revolution and Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is believed to be among the potential targets in the January transfer window.
But former Newcastle star Chris Waddle wants to see the boat pushed out – and fancies Paul Pogba at St James’.
The French World Cup winner is yet to pen a new contract at Manchester United, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Following their controversial Saudi takeover last week, Toon legend Waddle believes that the sky’s the limit for his former club.
“Now people might say about Newcastle — but money talks.
“If they sell the dream about what we’re going to win and achieve, it might.”
Waddle, 60, also urged Newcastle to ‘test’ the big teams in the hunt for new talent that can drive the North-East giants away from the bottom of the table.
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