Newcastle United chairman, Yasir Al-Rumayyan has reiterated that the club’s ‘long-term vision’ remains key to Newcastle’s progress.
Ahead of the first anniversary of a Saudi-Arabaian led consortium takeover of Newcastle United tomorrow (7 October), Al-Rumayyan has penned an open letter to fans reflecting on the club’s journey over the last 12 months.
At the time of the takeover, Al-Rumayyan spoke of his “extremely proud” emotion at becoming part of the new ownership at St James’ Park and a year on, has now addressed Amanda Staveley’s comment about desire to “create a consistently successful team” to fight for trophies.
In his open letter, he reflected on Staveley’s comment as he spoke about the importance of this “build, over time,” in order to create “a consistently successful team” ready to achieve “long-term success.”
Al-Rumayyan however has advised that time and patience are still required as he explained: ‘There is still a long way to go, but each season is a building block towards our objective – to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe.
‘The Club we are building is made up of people who understand our long-term vision, and who understand the patience and persistence that it will take to achieve those goals. Those values are reflected in the players that we bring to the Club.’
Following this summer’s full acquistion of Newcastle United Women who previously operated with support of Newcastle United Foundation, Al-Rumayyan insists that the move forms a wider ‘part of that plan.’ as the women’s team prepare for a second home match at St James’ Park on 27 November.
On the important role of being a Newcastle fan, Al-Rumayyan addressed supporters as he thanked them for showing ‘incredible support’ which is “more passionate and more committed” than at any other club, after seeing how the fans lift players psychologically during matches.
Reflecting particularly on the ‘electric crowd’ atmopshere at the first game following the takeover in which Newcastle lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham in front of 52,214 fans, Al-Rumayyan insists that the ‘collective roar’ will ‘live long in my memory’ with ‘warmth’ and pride.
Al-Rummayan concluded his open letter by iterating that there will be bumps in the road but has called for unity as he concluded: ‘Progress won’t always be smooth – but we will always forge ahead. You can rest assured that we are all working very hard to drive the Club forward.’
Newcastle are next in action at home to Brentford on Saturday 8 October in a 3pm BST kick-off.