Newcastle’s Saudi owners surprise with sensible St James’ Park revolution

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Big-spending charge to Champions League was predicted but a slow-burn kind of levelling up appears to be taking place

It is virtually impossible to listen to a British politician of any persuasion for long before the phrase “levelling up” receives yet another airing. The only problem is that almost everyone has different ideas as to what this ostensibly admirable leitmotif means, let alone entails. The only, intensely uncomfortable, consensus is that no quick fixes are capable of correcting the UK’s glaring regional economic inequalities.

It explains why, in 2020, more than 80 English MPs of all stripes signed a petition lobbying the Premier League for transparency over its then blocking of Newcastle United’s proposed takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment fund.

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Written by Louise Taylor
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/aug/04/newcastle-saudi-owners-surprise-with-sensible-st-james-park-revolution under the title “Newcastle’s Saudi owners surprise with sensible St James’ Park revolution”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.