Eddie Howe has revealed that he enjoys a “very positive relationship” with Yasir Al-Rumayyan following his latest visit to St James’ Park.
The club chairman and Governor of the Saudi PIF was seen waving flags, having a kick about on the pitch and visiting the home dressing room after last night’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Howe has praised his eagerness to embrace the atmosphere and take part in the famous dressing room photo following the game, also talking up his support over the January transfer window.
Speaking to Newcastle World, here’s what the NUFC boss had to say when asked about Al-Rumayyan:
“Yeah, he did come into the dressing room, he shared a moment with the players.
“He didn’t say anything but shared a moment and experienced the highs winning brings.
“I fully embrace that. I feel as close we can be as one, that will benefit everyone.
“You have to be aligned in your vision, that is so important when you are trying to take a club forward into hopefully a successful period.
“You have to be on the same wavelength with your decision-making process because if you’re not aligned then problems occur.
“I think it is a two-way thing, we have to talk regularly, communicate well. And then iron out any differences we may have.
“So far it has been a very positive relationship.
“January was key. I think we can all see the benefits of what January did for the team.”
Howe then confirmed that he speaks regularly to the 52-year-old – whether he is back in Saudi or visiting the North-East as he has done this week, revealing that he was brilliant with him and the players after our shock FA Cup exit to Cambridge back in January:
“We have communications. And I think it is very helpful we do that regularly, regardless of where he is.
“I have to say the chairman came in to see me after that game (Cambridge) and he was excellent.
“He was really, really good – and I know he was with the players.
“It is so important in difficult moments you keep your head and support each other and it is a big thank you for supporting us that day, as hopefully we have been able to repay that support (with the result).”
Howe was then asked if it’s now time to start planning for the summer, but preferred to enjoy the moment than look too far ahead:
“I think that will be for another day.
“I was so pleased that he was here to see the team and share in the experience of what the relationship is like with the supporters.
“It was great for him. And hopefully we are building a solid relationship where we can take the club forward to what lies ahead.”