Newcastle are united once again. That’s the view of co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

The club became fractured under Mike Ashley, with fans falling out of love with the Magpies.

But that all changed on October 7th. The Saudi-backed takeover finally went through after more than a year long saga, and thus ended the Ashley reign.

The mood around the club was instantly lifted. The arrival of Amanda Staveley and her husband, plus Jamie Reuben and the financial muscle of PIF extinguished the dark cloud that was hanging over St James’ Park.

Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi Meet Newcastle United Staff at St James Park
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Since the takeover, the atmosphere inside the ground has been sensational. It’s got better and better each passing home game.

While results haven’t improved yet, the buzz is back.

Truth Faith writer Alex Hurst summed up the mood perfectly on Twitter after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich.

He wrote: “Last night it was just fans, players, coaching staff, owners all on the same page all working for each other. Despite being bottom of the league – I feel more connected to the club than any period in the last 15 years.”

And he received a reply from non other than Toon co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

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Staveley’s husband said: “That means the world to us. We are all UNITED.”

Newcastle are united

‘United’ is the key word. For a long time, ‘United’ was just what it said on the badge. The club wasn’t united at all.

Fans fell out of love and walked away. Rafa Benitez tried his best to glue it back together, but wasn’t given the tools by Ashley.

The Steve Bruce era further dented the relationship between the club and its supporters. It became an ‘us vs them’ situation.

But now everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet.

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There have been mistakes from the new owners. But there has been an acceptance to improve.

We’ve seen communication, more than we ever got in 14 years from Ashley.

And most importantly we’ve got hope. Even the threat of relegation isn’t dampening Toon spirits.

Fans know that better times are coming. The takeover is changing the club from the bottom to the top.

And for the first time in a long time, Newcastle and its fans are united in more than just name.

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