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What is a club, in any case?

On the hill from which St. James Park dominates the Newcastle skyline, a statue of the late Sir Bobby Robson gazes towards the Tyne. He remains a man spoken about with sainted reverence. When Jose Mourinho finally won at that stadium, following 16 years worth of frustration, he sought out his old mentor’s likeness to […]

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State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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Ashley’s desire to sell leads to excitement for Newcastle

Mike Ashley, businessman and current owner of Newcastle United Football Club, has announced his intentions to sell the club after ten years of ownership. Ashley has been the sole owner of Newcastle since 2007 when he is believed to have paid over 130 million pounds to purchase 100 per cent of the club’s shares. He […]