Providing all goes to plan, Newcastle United have won the lottery.
It has been reported that Mike Ashley has agreed to sell the club for £300million, with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund set for an 80% stake.
According to the Mirror, PIF have a wealth of around £260billion. Soon-to-be chairman Mohammed Bin Salman has a personal wealth of £7billion.
In short, Newcastle are going to become one of, if not the, richest club in world football.
And with that should hopefully come success. That’s what happened to Manchester City after they won the lottery in 2008. Since then they’ve won four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and five League Cups.
But for all their success, they have also lost their identity in places. The Manchester City of today is nothing like the Manchester City that the likes of Paul Dickov or Shaun Goater played for.
That identity crisis is the one thing I’m worried about ahead of this takeover.
Can we have these riches but still be considered a working class club?
While we could be set for investment beyond our wildest dreams and success that could possibly go with it, fans must remember where the club came from.
We must not take what could be on the horizon for granted.
Like most, I’ve only ever known misery as a Newcastle fan. In 5-10 years time, I don’t want to see fans bemoaning the fact we only won 2-0 or something like that.
And we shouldn’t expect an instant turnaround. This is still Newcastle United. We are sitting in the bottom half of the table, only just clear of the relegation zone. We can’t go from that to signing the world’s elite footballers just because we have the money to do so.
Another worry is that this takeover could cause division between fans in the future.
There will soon be a new generation of Toon fans, who didn’t live through the Ashley years. They won’t know the heartache we’ve suffered since 2007.
This must not lead to greed.
The takeover can take Newcastle further than they’ve ever been before, but it could also take the club so far away from what it was that we don’t recognise it as our club anymore.