Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey hails ‘unbelievable’ £300m Saudi takeover

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Jonjo Shelvey was, like Newcastle’s supporters, anxiously watching the television news last Thursday as he wondered whether the club’s Saudi-led takeover was finally going to happen.

Then, shortly after 5pm, the confirmation statement dropped, accompanied by pictures from St James’ Park as thousands of fans set off flares, downed cans of lager in celebration and sprayed what they had left in the air.

‘Those scenes outside the stadium were incredible,’ says Shelvey. ‘I was going to have a drive down, I wanted to get out there with a beer myself!

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey cannot hide his excitement about the club’s takeover 

He said the takeover - led by new board member Amanda Staveley (left) was 'unbelievable news' for fans and praised them for helping to push the deal through

He said the takeover – led by new board member Amanda Staveley (left) was ‘unbelievable news’ for fans and praised them for helping to push the deal through 

‘That reaction at the stadium is unique. The fans have suffered a lot in the past, so I think what we saw was a release of frustration and relief that the deal had finally happened.

‘Credit to the fans, too, because they have helped push this deal through. It gives us all so much to look forward to.

‘I went to watch Newcastle Blue Star on Friday night, my mate plays in goal. There were about 1,000 fans there, fully-grown men wearing Arab clothes, I couldn’t believe it.

‘I got off at half-time because I couldn’t really watch the game in the end, but it was mad. They were so happy.’

Shelvey, who suffered a calf injury in August, is talking to Sportsmail having just played 80 minutes of his comeback match for the club’s Under-23s. It is a timely return.

Shelvey admitted he will have to fight for his place after the £300m Saudi-led acquisition

Shelvey admitted he will have to fight for his place after the £300m Saudi-led acquisition

He is the first Newcastle player to speak publicly about the takeover and is honest enough to admit that, while the overriding emotion is excitement, it also brings some uncertainty for those in the dressing-room.

Shelvey read Amanda Staveley’s comments in the hours after the £305million deal was…



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