Newcastle owners issue Premier League warning to Man City and Manchester United

Newcastle owners have issued a Premier League warning to Manchester City and Manchester United.

Mike Ashley’s long and unsuccessful reign at St James’ Park ended last year when a Saudi-backed regime took power.

After replacing Steve Bruce with Eddie Howe, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley spent big in January to try to lift Newcastle out of a relegation battle.

However, staying in the top flight is only a short term goal for the new owners and they have revealed their dreams for the Toon Army.

Speaking to The Athletic, Ghodoussi said: “There’s no reason why Newcastle in the next five years shouldn’t be a Man City or a Man Utd or a Liverpool or a Chelsea.”

Staveley visited City’s training complex recently and said of his experience: “Just to talk to them and see their training facilities, to see what we can do.

“I was thinking, ‘God, I can’t wait for our guys to get their trophies, I can’t wait to deliver what the fans really deserve’.”

The pair claim Howe can be the man to lead Newcastle to future silverware, despite their pursuit of Unai Emery before the former Bournemouth boss was appointed.

“We’ve come down to two people,” Ghodoussi said of the Steve Bruce replacement process.

“Eddie was one of them and Unai Emery the other. Unai had a track record of success and maybe that got us a little closer to him. I have to say, though, that the president [Yasir Al-Rumayyan] wanted Eddie from day one.

“Eddie was actually ahead of everyone in points,” added Staveley. “When you looked at his data, he was fantastic.”

“I would love Eddie to be the next Alex Ferguson,” Ghodoussi concluded.

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