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Author of Unashamed Football Novels, football writer, part-time blogger, Sydney FC member, Geordie boot boy, over 35s player, park football referee, football dad. Member of the Meadowbank Ultras.

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Well written Ian Nacho. As a long-suffering, life-long Newcastle fan, you can try as much as you like, but I’m having this moment. Ask any rational Toon fan and they’ll be with you in despair at the funny money coming in to the EPL, however if it has to be our club and it has to be at the expense of a horrible owner, so be it. Looking forward to more of your writing on the Roar.

Quid game: Why Newcastle’s Saudi takeover turns my stomach as much as the Netflix classic

Hold on AdelaideAndy, I think Ian Syson has hacked your account.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Bravo mate. People getting on their high horses and we just want to enjoy the moment as football fans.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Sorry, I must have misread your initial reply.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Definitely not making excuses. I’m just delighted that, of all the big clubs in the world, Newcastle United and the city of Newcastle will have the opportunity to flourish. You could argue that the club’s soul was sold when Mike Ashley shelled out his paltry sum and started the rot. Luckily the football club transcends ownership, managers and players. As fans, we’ve been through thin and thinner and we are understandably happy at the outcome.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Not sure about that statement. The sums of money are much larger than the amount needed to buy this club. The PIF is an investment fund, whether it’s a few % at $1billion or 80% at $300million, its an investment.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Yes I did write a book. Thanks for knowing that! However, I’d hardly say that I’m feting owners of a club I have supported all my life in the area I grew up in because they’re from a particular country. I’m feting the good fortune that someone has come in to the club with a pot of ready cash and a vision to bring the good times back. And that the previous owner (feels odd saying that) has finally gone.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Agree, fan ownership should be at the top.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

5th May 2020 til 7th October 2021. What a wait!

Can Newcastle United become the next Manchester City?

I’m here all week

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Like Adelaide United you mean? Of course we’d love a local business person to own our club and do it properly. We had that with Sir John Hall all those years ago. I doubt if there are any local business folk with the sums of money required to succeed in the top flight of English football.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

I don’t expect anyone other than the supporters of the club changing hands to be thrilled by the arrival of Saudi backing. Just remember the next time you catch an Uber, read Facebook, fly in a Boeing or watch a Disney movie, or even enjoy a refreshing Coca-Cola, there’s a sprinkling of Saudi investment in each of those monolithic companies. I am a NUFC supporter and today we hope to be free of the shackles of a ridiculous owner who has done his utmost to treat the fans and the people of Newcastle with contempt.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Stuart, if you’re counting four domestic cup final defeats and an Intertoto Cup success where there were multiple winners, that’s scant reward for half a century of devotion. That sort of haul would be seen as a disappointment in one season for many of the Super League elite.

'Please let us have this moment': Fan's reaction as Saudis takeover Toon

Apology accepted

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

Redondo – that’s the past. This needs to change. The ‘Oi Oi Oi cycle’ surely needs an entry into the Macquarie Australian Dictionary – we all know what you mean.

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

That’s the way. I like the way you talk.

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

You’re right – if someone could show me how to do that…
You can still click on my name at the top of the article.
More than delighted to get your feedback on the original Jarrod Black.

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

That’s why we’re duty bound to get our fingers out. We’re seeing Football Australia and the Australian Professional Leagues going the extra mile to put things properly in place to help us achieve and succeed. Once we’re out of lockdown and seasons are underway we, the football loving population, must get busy. The more content the better, and surely some of the social media players in football will be adopted by the mainstream media to provide a consistent stream of content.

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

Blaze, you’re right to question thee viewership of the W-League. The highest ratings, naturally, were for the Grand Final at just under 100k. There’s a handy wrap of the 2020/21 W-League report at http://pfa.net.au/news/pfa-publishes-2020-21-w-league-report/ but even that shows a 50% increase in viewers compare to the previous season. The report is a fascinating read – with metrics that you wouldn’t even expect, but the underlying view is that Australian women’s football has an unbelievable opportunity to capitalise on the World Cup.

Women’s football in Australia: Start making noise now

This is massive! Come on, we’re all hanging for a big upset aren’t we? Portugal to get up over Belgium? This could be it!

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions Round of 16

It would take a brave tipster to veer from the sensible options in this round of matches. North Macedonia can easily spring a surprise, Denmark are a side capable of an upset and Austria are no pushovers against a yet-to-be-convincing Netherlands. One of these games will be an upset, but which one? A bit of VAR magic, a hasty red from a ref or a calamitous own goal and any of these games can change complexion. Excited!

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 2 (part two)

This is going to be the round that puts the cat amongst the pigeons. Teemu Pukki could fill his boots, or it could be Artem Dzyuba’s big moment. See if you can out-tip the panel on an untippable night of football.

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 2 (part one)

Still can’t believe I let the romance of the cup get to me and not go with the Czech Republic. That’s bold predictions there Chopper, I like your style.

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 1 (part five)

Heh heh. I’m in denial.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 24

So, picture the scene, someone in power actually has the balls to make a stand. All Super League clubs are expelled from their leagues and invited to reapply. They start at the bottom and have to work their way back up to prove that they are still remotely interested in competing in their national leagues. Let’s see what happens then. It would at least spread the wealth around the lower league clubs, all of whom will have some massive games to generate big revenue over the next few years. In England, only the top three plus a play-off winner are promoted from League Two, so we would have at least two of those clubs still in League Two the following season. Come on people in charge, do your thing.

A European Super League is elitist, arrogant and criminal

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