By Dr Dan Plumley

11th Jan, 2022 | 5:00pm

Finance guru: Staveley has made 'huge call' after latest from Newcastle dressing room

It was a “huge call” for Newcastle United chiefs to address the squad in person after the defeat to Cambridge United on Saturday (8 January).

So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ embarrassing defeat to third-tier opposition.

Joe Ironside’s goal in the 56th minute gave the U’s a famous 1-0 victory, with chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and director Amanda Staveley in attendance.

Per The Telegraph last Sunday (9 January), Al-Rumayyan and Staveley reiterated their support to the squad in the dressing room after the match.

The pair, who together masterminded the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s £305million takeover, were reportedly accompanied by bodyguards.

Newcastle are now focused squarely on their relegation scrap after being dumped out of the FA Cup.

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And Plumley claimed that the Al-Rumayyan and Staveley’s gesture at St James’ Park shows the enormity of the task at hand.

“This is the challenge that they are trying to weigh up,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams

“Is it better to go in and do that sort of thing? Or, is it better to leave it alone and detach yourself a bit? It’s a huge call.

“Either way, it shows the challenge that is facing the owners and the club at the moment.

“They would have expected to win that game on Saturday, but the bigger picture here is the knock-on effect.

“When the takeover was going on, the owners wanted a Premier League club, not a Championship club.

“They need to survive this season if they can. They need to turn it around and turn it around pretty quickly.

“It’s important for all clubs, but there is arguably more pressure on them to stay up than some of the other clubs fighting to stay up.”

Al-Rumayyan is the governor of the PIF, while Staveley is a seasoned business executive in the Middle East.

Kieran Trippier made his Newcastle debut against Cambridge after he became the Magpies’ first signing under the new regime.

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