Speaking to Sky Sports about all things NUFC and a potential takeover, former Mag David Santon has declared is “love” for our club and city – believing we could achieve huge things under ambitious new owners.
Santon now plies his trade at Roma, where he and his team-mates have given up 16 weeks wages to help those affected by the coronavirus.
His wife and son are both Geordies, which partly explains why the Italian still has a connection to the area and the club.
Speaking to Sky Sports about a potential takeover and his love for the club, Santon said:
“I still love it there, I still love the city,”
“Newcastle is one club that will always be in my heart.
“In football you need to have money. I just hope, whatever owner Newcastle’s going to have, I just hope it’s going to be the best for the club, the fans, the players and for everyone who lives in Newcastle.
“Newcastle deserve a great mentality and, hopefully, if they’re talking about all that money, maybe in a couple of years, they can get to win some titles, who knows!”
He had more to say about the ongoing takeover saga at St James’ Park, pointing at Man City as a potential path we could follow.
“Reading the news, if the new owner has that much money, maybe it’s possible.
“You never know, when the owner of Manchester City took over, some time ago, maybe it can happen even with Newcastle.
“If I see Newcastle doing well, I can only be happy.”
Santon also spoke briefly about Mike Ashley and his own exit from the club, with his wife posting on social media at the time how she was “disgusted” by his treatment from those in charge at the Toon.
“She never had a conversation with Mike Ashley,”
“It’s all about newspapers, what you read in the news. I never had nothing against Mike Ashley because I saw him only two times when I played for Newcastle, I didn’t see [him] that many times.
“I have nothing against him.
“What I care about is that I wanted Newcastle to win, and to get some good games and good seasons.”
Lovely words from a former Mag who speaks so fondly of his time on Tyneside.