Newcastle United News

Newcastle are an English football club situated in the North East of the country. They play their home games out of St James’ Park which holds up to 52,338 spectators. They have one of the deepest and most talented squads in Europe, solidified by them finishing 4th in the previous PL table and qualifying for the Champions League. They go by the nickname The Magpies, accredited to their typical black and white home kit.

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Newcastle’s History

Newcastle United were founded on Tyneside in 1881, presenting themselves as one of the first clubs in the North East to make a statement. They did not become Newcastle United until 1892, changing from their original Newcastle East End title. They were struggling to get into the English first division, sticking in the second division for years upon years. 

The Premier League was officially formed in 1992, and Newcastle did not reach the Prem until its 2nd season. 2 years later in the 1995/96 season, they almost finished top of the league, although Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United stole the top spot from them after some blistering form and consistent point scoring. They signed Alan Shearer, club legend and England international, from Blackburn Rovers, and very instantly saw the benefits. 

Who Owns Newcastle Football Club?

Following a shocking takeover in October 2021, the Saudi Public Investment Fund took over 80% of the club ownership. This takeover was the start of some major changes, not only for Newcastle United, but for global football. The Saudi billionaires have continued to throw their money around, with the recent signings of some of the worlds greatest players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and most recently, a world record signing of Kylian Mbappe which cost over £300 million in fees before even considering the other spends.

Newcastle United’s Manager

Newcastle have had some successful managers behind them throughout the years, including Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sam Allardyce, and Rafael Benitez. Along with this list of managers, club legend Alan Shearer took the reins for 2 months during the 2009 season, although he did not have much success during his 8 games as a manager.

As of November 2021, Newcastle’s most successful seasons in years have come at the hands of new manager, Eddie Howe. Howe has been behind the wheel at Newcastle United for 74 matches and averages 1.8 points per game, with a decent win record that could have seen Newcastle finish within the top 3 of the league in the 2021/22 season if he had been there for the whole time (based on his points per game record).

Biggest Newcastle Transfers

In recent years, especially since the Saudi takeover, Newcastle have signed some big name players to their squad and let other players go out for some decent prices. Even during the 2023/24 preseason transfer window, Newcastle have been rumoured and confirmed some great signings. The following are some of Newcastle United’s biggest outgoing transfers: 

  • Andy Carroll to Liverpool in 2010/11 for €41 million
  • Moussa Sissoko to Spurs in 2016/17 for €35 million
  • Ayoze Perez to Leicester in 2019/20 for €33.4 million
  • Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool in 2016/17 for €27.5 million
  • Yohan Cabaye to PSG in 2016/17 for €25 million

On the other end of their market involvement, Newcastle have spent some big bucks for players that have been incredible elsewhere. Even during the 2023/24 transfer window, they have brought in proven players who have some great talent. These include the following:

  • Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad in 2022/23 for €70 million
  • Sandro Tonali from AC Milan in 2023/24 for €64 million
  • Anthony Gordon from Everton in 2022/23 for €45.6 million
  • Harvey Barnes from Leicester in 2023/24 for €44 million
  • Joelinton from Hoffenheim in 2019/20 for €44 million

Newcastle Drama

One of the biggest bits of drama Newcastle faced most recently was the Saudi takeover. This spurred controversy because of the background investor, who is rumoured to be involved in animal cruelty and other offences. 

Another piece of controversy was major during the 2012 campaign onwards. Newcastle’s sponsor at the time, Wonga, were deemed a ‘legal loan shark’ and were involved in their own controversy, which was then causing backlash for Newcastle for still supporting them and presenting them on the player’s kits.

Who Plays For Newcastle Now?

As of the 2023/24 season, Newcastle have had to build on their squad, as they prepare to compete in the Premier League as well as the next instalment of the UEFA Champions League. In goal, England international Nick Pope serves as a quality shot stopper. In defence, they have a solid line consisting of Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Fabian Schar, and Kieran Trippier. In the midfield, Bruno Guimarães, Sean Longstaff, Joelinton, and new signing Sandro Tonali are a few of the biggest names. Up front, Newcastle have Anthony Gordon, Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy, Miguel Almiron, and Alexander Isak.

What Have Newcastle Won?

Newcastle United won the top division 4 times before it became the official Premier League, also winning the FA Cup 6 times and the 2nd division 4 times – their most recent piece of silverware was when they topped the EFL Championship table in the 2016/17 season.

Newcastle United 2023/24 Season Prediction

We at Balls Out Bet predict that Newcastle should have another good season with new signings and existing talent. However, we think they could drop from their previous 4th place finish, mainly because they will be competing in the Champions League as well as the regular PL season, giving them two things to focus on. Top goal scorer for the club will most likely be Alexander Isak, as he was averaging 0.59 goals per game in the Prem and only played 22 of the 38 fixtures.

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