Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi have sent a New Year message to Newcastle United fans as we enter 2022 and the January transfer window.
In a personal statement released onto the club’s official website, the pair have thanked fans for their amazing report, revealed their ‘fierce determination’ to improve ‘every aspect of the club’ and state that they have been working ‘tirelessly’ to prepare for potential new signings.
They also reflect on the moment the takeover was announced back in October last year, thank everyone for their efforts and support since their arrival and vow to deliver a ‘bright and successful’ future as they work alongside ‘serious, long-term investors’ in the PIF.
Here’s the statement in full via NUFC.co.uk:
The turn of the year is, of course, a time when we all reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Despite the current challenges, we see a bright and, ultimately, successful future for Newcastle United. The Club has amazing fans. It has serious, long-term investors. And the Club has a workforce committed to getting the best for both the football club and the City of Newcastle.
Obviously, we face some stern challenges ahead of us – not least the issues surrounding the continuing pandemic. But we will meet these challenges with fierce determination and a strong resolve to improve every aspect of the Club, while playing a full role in the community we serve.
As we look back at the last twelve months, we were of course delighted to finally complete the purchase of the Club on 7 October.
This reflected the patience of each investor and the belief that we would get the deal done. It also reflects the commitment of Mike Ashley and his team – shown over a lengthy period – to ensure that not only did the deal go through, but that ownership of the Club passed to people who could take the Club forward responsibly. We thank Mike and his team for that commitment as, without it, the deal would not have been possible.
We also thank each member of our staff, who have embraced the changes that have already been made and shown a tremendous work ethic in very demanding circumstances. We all know that we have a great deal to do, but we will strive to fulfil this great Club’s promise.
As ever, the massively passionate support of our fans will be crucial as we look to improve our results on the pitch. We have had a very tough first half of the season, but you have been right behind the team and we want to take this opportunity to let you know how very much we appreciate it. Our most recent match at St. James’ Park showed the power that can be generated when the players and supporters unite and feed off each other, and it was wonderful to experience that special atmosphere.
Let’s take that positivity into 2022 as we aim to progress on and off the pitch. We have very important fixtures ahead of us and a January transfer window that we have worked tirelessly to prepare for, so let’s face our challenges head on and look forward to the second half of the season with optimism.
Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.
Amanda & Mehrdad.