Amanda Staveley has hailed ‘star’ man Allan Saint-Maximin, also talking up the importance of breeding top local talent following the completion of a £300million Saudi-backed takeover.
While Newcastle fans were in complete meltdown last Thursday, the Frenchman posted an amusing ‘good morning’ message as news began to circulate that the deal was now imminent.
When the takeover was completed that evening, Saint-Maximin was quick to jump on social media and welcome the start of a new era on Tyneside, telling Toon fans that they “deserve” their lottery ticket if a takeover.
Many feared this would be his last season on Tyneside if Mike Ashley remained, however there’s a real sense of belief we can build our team around the 24-year-old now ambitious new owners have arrived.
Here’s what Staveley had to say about ASM when speaking to The Chronicle:
“He is a star. The best thing about the morning (of the takeover) was seeing his Tweet!
“It made me laugh after the long days. We want to build.
“We have some incredible players with heart and real skill and courage.
“Yes, we want to make sure we invest at all levels – including the team.
“But we’ve got to look at the numbers, there are rules and regulations and you need to make sure money is going in at that side to spend it at other sides.
“The Premier League has rules in how we invest and buy our players.”
She also had a few words to say about the Longstaff brothers and the potential of our youth academy, which has only been able to produce the Longstaff brothers in recent years.
Staveley has outlined improving the infrastructure at the club as a key priority and has this to say when asked about the youth setup:
“I want to see more local kids from here play for Newcastle, that’s so important.
“We’ve got an incredible history of local players who are giants like Alan (Shearer).
“Sean Longstaff is in the team and is local and I know Matty has gone elsewhere.
“It’s about building a solid foundation on every level, from the Academy to the top team.”
Here’s a reminder of ASM’s brilliant tweets on takeover day: