The Newcastle United Supporters Trust could be given a seat at the table under a new regime.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after NUST announced their ambition to buy a one per cent stake in the club for around £3million.
The pressure group has been vocal in its opposition to current owner Mike Ashley, blasting his perceived lack of ambition and emphasis on the bottom line.
Maguire explained that the share purchase would give NUST no formal powers but could curry favour with the prospective new owners.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “One per cent is £3m, a hell of a lot of money.
“They won’t have any specific powers apart from the rights to attend annual general meetings.
“Having said that, if we’re looking at the position of a new owner, it could be different. They will have shown their commitment by having one per cent of the shares.
“They won’t be obliged to do so, but the owners might say you can nominate someone to attend meetings.
“That might be at board level a few times a year, either in an executive or non-executive role.
“That would be a sign that the new owners appreciate the fantastic devotion of Newcastle fans.
“From a public relations point of view, it sets you apart from Mike Ashley whose relationship with the supporters is toxic.
“It gives them credence with media organisations too.”
A potential Newcastle takeover will likely hinge on the club’s top-flight status.
Steve Bruce’s side took a big step towards safety on Saturday after a 3-2 win over West Ham lifted them nine points clear of 18th-place Fulham.