Newcastle United legend and record Premier League goalscorer, Alan Shearer has leapt to the defence of the club's fans on BBC Five Live.
Asked whether he felt the takeover - led by Amanda Staveley and backed by the Saudi PiF - would bring immediate success Shearer said that it wouldn't, however he did feel that fans recognised that: "it will immediately bring fans back onside and bring the feel-good factor in and around the football club.
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"Donâ€™t listen to people who have been telling you about Newcastle fans and how much they want and demand. They donâ€™t. They just want hope. They want to go and see their team hoping that theyâ€™ll improve. Hoping that they go out and put on a performance. Hoping that theyâ€™ll go after a cup competition. Thatâ€™s all they want.
"I think we all understand itâ€™s going to take time. When you look at other examples like Chelsea or Manchester City it has taken time but I think brighter times are ahead for Newcastle and Newcastle fans.â€
Also on the show, ex-Everton midfielder Leon Osman cautioned against the presumption that Newcastle will find themselves in a similar situation to Chelsea or City saying: "Itâ€™s not a given that this money leads to success. Everton came into money a few seasons ago and it hasnâ€™t really led them anywhere stronger than they were before that money arrived so itâ€™s not a given that you can suddenly buy success and become a Manchester City or a Chelsea.
"You have to be clever, you have to do it properly. You have to build slowly, I feel. You have to realise that there will be stepping stones on the way. With all respect to Steve Bruce, Iâ€™d be very surprised if he was the manager to take them there and I donâ€™t think the next manager will be either. I think thereâ€™s going to be stepping stones along the way.
"The players that they bring in in the next 18 months probably wonâ€™t be the ones to bring them success either but thereâ€™s excitement and enthusiasm over the future."
As Shearer has pointed out though, the excitement and enthusiasm over the future seems to be key for Newcastle fans, rather than a guarantee over success. Magpies fans just want to see their team competing once again, rather than just surviving.
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