Frank Lampard welcomes Newcastle’s desire to improve following last year’s takeover.

The Magpies changed hands on October 7th 2021, with Mike Ashley selling the club for £305million. Newcastle are now owned by PIF, Amanda Staveley and Jamie Reuben, and are one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet.

The whole landscape of the club has changed, with ambitious owners looking to take Newcastle to the top of the footballing ladder. It’s rubbed a lot of people in football up the wrong way – particularly those at the top.

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Newcastle spent big in January, bringing in five players for a grand total of £90million. They spent more than any other club during the January transfer window.

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The new Toon owners have already invested a lot of money into the club, as they look to avoid relegation and eventually climb the Premier League table.

While some have scoffed at the deal, Everton boss Lampard has been very positive about the impact it’s having on Newcastle United.

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Frank Lampard welcomes Newcastle improvement after the £305m takeover

Lampard spoke to the press ahead of tonight’s game at St James’ Park, and was asked about the Magpies’ Saudi-backed takeover.

“In terms of seeing a team with the history and fanbase and size of Newcastle, I welcome the fact that we’re seeing teams in this – the greatest league in the world in my opinion – that are striving to improve and their fans are excited,” he said.

“Some of my friends are Newcastle fans and they’re very excited. And I only look at it in that way.

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“Eddie Howe, I’ve got a huge amount of respect for.

“So I look at it with an interest to see how they develop as a team, which they’ve already made moves to show the direction they want to go at, and stay away from the politics of it.”

Lampard could’ve joined Newcastle post-takeover

It’s refreshing to hear someone say something positive about the Magpies. Lampard could easily see Newcastle as a threat, but instead he welcomes the fresh challenge.

Had things gone differently, the 43-year-old could actually be the Newcastle manager right now.

The former Chelsea midfielder was linked with the job following Steve Bruce’s departure. It was even reported by the Telegraph that PIF wanted someone like Lampard who was a big name that could attract high profile players. Reuben was also vouching for him to get the job, according to the Mirror.

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In the end they went with Eddie Howe, who the fans have really got behind. He’s got the team playing in a more positive way, and is helping reunite a fanbase that grew tired of Bruceball under the Ashley regime.

Would Lampard have been a better appointment? That’s debateable, but fans are more than happy with Howe.

The two young managers will face off tonight, and hopefully Howe’s new Magpies prove they were worth the money and put Everton to the sword.

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