Newcastle’s new era under the ownership of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund got off to a shaky start on Sunday, as Tottenham hushed St James’ Park with a 3-2 triumph. Newcastle is in the relegation zone after failing to win a Premier League game this season. On Tyneside, hopes are high that a large injection of cash from the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) would alter Newcastle’s fortunes on the field. When PIF governor Yassir Al-Rumayyan was introduced before the game, the 55,000-strong audience greeted him as a hero.
A joyous atmosphere was matched by the home team’s ideal start, as Callum Wilson headed home Javier Manquillo’s cross after two minutes.
Al-Rumayyan and co-owner Amanda Staveley, who has purchased a 10% interest in the club and has been the face of the takeover effort for well over a year, celebrated loudly in the stands.
Staveley stated this week that her goal for the Magpies is to become English champions within the next ten years.
However, the chasm between where Newcastle are and where the new owners want them to go was revealed following their meteoric rise.
Spurs have had a difficult start to the season under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, but they have the star talent Newcastle hopes for in Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Tanguy Ndombele scored an equaliser from Sergio Reguilon’s cross on 17 minutes to kickstart Tottenham’s comeback.
Kane then snapped his Premier League goal drought with a beautiful lob past Karl Darlow.
The England captain was first ruled offside, but a VAR review determined he was onside after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s over-the-top pass.
The game was subsequently halted for 20 minutes owing to a medical issue involving a Newcastle supporter.
Tottenham players notified referee Andre Marriner to the need for a defibrillator, and the players were removed from the field.
The game’s rhythm, though, remained unchanged when it restarted for seven minutes of first-half stoppage time.
Spurs’ third goal came from Kane’s low cross, which was finished by Son sneaking in at the far post.
Many anticipated Newcastle’s consortium of owners to fire manager Steve Bruce as one of their first orders of business.
The former Manchester United captain was given permission to take command of his 1,000th game as a manager.
However, the 60-year-old is highly unpopular with Newcastle fans, who sang “we want Brucey out” and “you’re going dismissed in the morning” throughout the second half as Spurs continued to dominate.
Newcastle’s day on the field was capped off by a red card for Jonjo Shelvey seven minutes from time.
Eric Dier’s hilarious own goal in the dying seconds gave the 10 men hope.
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Spurs, on the other hand, held on to climb up to fifth position and level on points with fourth-placed Brighton.
Newcastle are three points short of safety and a long way from achieving the lofty goals of their new owners.