Newcastle returned to the European Champions League for the first time in 20 years, after a draw with its guest Leicester City, on Monday evening, in the thirty-seventh and penultimate round of the Premier League.
Newcastle scored one point, raising its score to 70 points in third place, four points behind fifth-placed Liverpool, with one round remaining until the end of the season.
Players after securing a Champions League seat
The team received wide praise after the transformation that took place for the ancient English club, after it moved from a team escaping from relegation last year, to being at the forefront of the ranking of the strongest competitions the following season, within a short period after the Saudi Investment Fund acquired the club on October 7, 2021.
Manager Steve Bruce was sacked after 13 days in possession and, with Eddie Howe in charge, Newcastle had just 7 points from 14 matches. In the winter transfer window, Newcastle spent £85m on full-back Kieran Trippier, former Burnley striker Chris Wood, midfielder Bruno Guimarães and, at the time, Dan Burn, helping turn the team around to 11th.
Eddie Howe, coach of the team, told Sky Sports after his team’s draw with Leicester: We didn’t feel like we were ready to be among the big four, after last season’s battle with relegation, it was about whether we could become a better team, and what Incredible event.
Coach Eddie Howe
In turn, Sean Longstaff, the midfielder, told Sky Sports: If you told us two years ago that this would happen, we would not have believed you.
Jamie Carragher, former Liverpool defender, expressed his happiness with the development that happened to the “Macbase”, and told “Sky Sports”: I am happy that they have obtained this position, it is a pleasure to see this development for Newcastle, I think the club is two to three years ahead. years behind schedule.
In turn, Gary Neville, former Manchester United defender, added: Howe played an important role, the next step will be interesting.
And the former England back continued: We have to remember that they are ahead of schedule, the challenge was to be in third place after 3 years, so what they have done is incredible since the signing of Howe and the wonderful deals for the team.
Newcastle will conclude its season in the English Premier League, next Sunday, against Chelsea, and if the team achieves the result of victory, the points balance will rise to 73, and it will be the highest number of points collected by the team in the Premier League since 1996.
gains and reinforcements
The British newspaper “Mirror” reported that Newcastle aims to strengthen its ranks in the summer transfers, after securing its seat in the next edition of the European Champions League, led by Eddie Howe.
The club is set to receive a £100m increase in income following European qualification, and the new revenue will also significantly boost the club’s economy. A new sponsor is due to be announced in July, increasing revenues from £8m to £25m. £ per year – according to the “Mirror”.
A group photo of Newcastle employees after the Leicester match
Newcastle will secure around £50m in the Champions League, and £20m if they make it through the group stage.
Added to a further £15m, the value of assets rose to £34.5m from £19m.
Also, being in the first four ranks in the league guarantees the club a financial prize of 17 million pounds sterling.
And CNN stated in a report on its website that Newcastle fans expected the new owners to achieve success for the club, but not so quickly.
Last summer, Newcastle made reasonable qualitative additions, such as the inclusion of striker Alexander Isak.
Defenders Fabian Schar, Sven Putman and Dan Byrne played a pivotal role in the club’s success. Only Manchester City (31) conceded fewer goals than Newcastle (32) in the current league season.
Alan Shearer, the all-time top scorer and Newcastle legend, praised the club’s transformation, writing in an article for The Athletic newspaper: “The club did not go down the path of instant gratification, by signing the biggest players, focused on the easy thing, the slow thing, compared to others, what Eddie Howe did something special, he led the team in the shortest time from the bottom of the English Premier League to the Champions League.
Newcastle legend Shearer
And he added in his article: Thank you, after all those difficult years of ignoring people who failed to appreciate the club and its fans, and thank you for making this part of the club enjoyable, getting rid of our anxiety, and the certain confidence that our players will give everything, and chase everything.
Newcastle was close to achieving the League Cup title this season, after losing the final match, 2-0, to Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.