Manchester City today is one of the biggest clubs in world football. They are the only team to win back-to-back Premier League title between 2010-2019. They also have the record for highest points total in a single season from the 2017/18 Season. But what many fans might not know is that City was once a middling club in England. But when a business group led by UAE Politics Sheikh Mansour took over City, they got a lot of finances. This allowed City to sing world-class players, and become one of the best teams.
Newcastle United seems to be heading towards a similar change of luck. The club, which was once one of the best in England, has been struggling under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Now, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is looking to buy Newcastle United, and the deal looks like it will go through soon. This will Newcastle a huge injection of funds that might allow them to become an elite club again. The following are the changes that Newcastle should make if they get new owners.
Which Manager Should They Hire?
An important step for Newcastle will be hiring a great manager who could guide the team in the right direction. A good manager alone can make a team elite, as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have proven over the years. The new owners should look to hire someone like Mauricio Pochettino or Massimiliano Allegri. Both coaches have proven in the past that they can implement a solid structure and bring stability to a team. For a team looking to overhaul its roster, one of these two managers would be invaluable.
How Can The New Owners Improve The Organization As A Whole?
If one is to consider the elite clubs of Europe, they all have great youth academies. The scouting system in elite clubs is so great that they find the best young talent around the world and groom them at their own academies. Lionel Messi, Frank Lampard, Sergio Ramos, and Xavi are all great examples of academy players who made their teams great. Thus, the new owners should ensure that they develop a great scouting system and youth academy.
Which Players Should They Sign?
The most important thing for the new owners will be signing better players. They should look to buy a mix of talented youngsters and experienced veterans. The current roster at Newcastle is very inept. Newcastle will have to show great stability and progress before they can start to target the best players in the world, however.
They should first look to sign great players from smaller clubs. Targeting players like Wilfried Zaha, Ruben Neves, and Nabil Fekir. These are all world-class players at middling clubs. Simultaneously, they should look to sign players like Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, and Thiago Silva will bring some world-class veteran experience.
If Newcastle plays this right, they could be contending for the UCL in a few short years.