By Russell Edge
Newcastle United should expect to return to the golden years of Kevin Keegan and his entertainers side if they end up being the subject of a financial takeover, says a former Football Association executive.
The Magpies are currently up for sale after current owner Mike Ashley revealed he was looking to end his 10-year association with the club, and talks have progressed to a critical stage.
PCP Capital Partners, who are fronted by Amanda Staveley, an international financier based in Dubai, reportedly saw their £300million bid rejected by the Sports Direct supremo, who is said to be looking for a figure closer to the £350million mark, meaning that negotiations will have to take place.
However, Adrian Bevington, who spent 17 years with the FA and was managing director of Club England, believes that while an investment would offer great potential moving forward, they could well hark back to the days of Peter Beardsley and David Ginola in the 1990s.
He told United Arab Emirates based newspaper the National: “Newcastle is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has the financial muscle to be able to buy and more importantly invest in the club.
“By buying top players and attracting them to Newcastle, the club can be vibrant again like it was in the 1990s under Kevin Keegan.
“There’s an excitement at the prospect of a new buyer for the club with significant wealth behind it and the capability to support the manager.”
The Magpies were widely heralded as one of the most exciting sides to watch with Keegan in the manager’s dugout, and they managed to reach FA Cup finals as well as finishing as runners-up to Manchester United in the Premier League title race in the 1995/96 season.
In other Newcastle United news, a report states that the takeover talks are on the brink of collapsing.