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Takeovers that changed English Premier League history


The potential sale to a Saudi-backed consortium could turn the underachievers Newcastle United. File/Reuters

 Newcastle United’s sale to a Saudi-backed consortium appears to be close to the completion — a deal that could turn the long-time underachievers into a major Premier League power.

The potential £300 million ($370 million) takeover will reportedly see Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund take a controlling stake in the club in northeast England.


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There are three other English clubs who enjoyed a meteoric rise after lucrative takeovers.

Man City become ‘noisy neighbours’ When Abu Dhabi United Group completed their £210 million takeover in September 2008, Mark Hughes was City’s manager, Brazilian Jo was their leading striker and Stephen Ireland was being touted as the team’s future star.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola interacts with players. File photo

Stuck in the shadow of Manchester United for decades, City had ended the previous season with an 8-1 defeat at Middlesbrough and were so hard up that Vincent Kompany said the dressing room toilet at their training ground did not even have a door. It is safe to say a lot has changed in the past 12 years.

The turnaround from also-rans to the “noisy neighbours” of Alex Ferguson’s nightmares began just hours after the takeover with the shock signing of Brazilian star Robinho -- the first in a long list of mega-money transfers that speeded City’s meteoric rise.

City won the 2011 FA Cup and a year later Sergio Aguero snatched the title from United with his stoppage-time winner against QPR on the last day of the season.

Big spending on stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ensured City remained the team to beat and they secured another Premier League title in 2014.

Pep Guardiola’s appointment in 2016 lifted them onto an even higher level and they won the Premier League in record-breaking style in 2018.

Manchester United and Arsenal were England’s pre-eminent forces.

Clinching an unprecedented domestic treble in 2019 established Guardiola’s group as one of the greatest teams in Premier League history.

Chelsea’s Russian revolution Roman Abramovich changed the face of the Premier League with his Russian revolution at Stamford Bridge.

Abramovich’s £140 million takeover in 2003 triggered a seismic shift in power in the Premier League.

Manchester United and Arsenal were England’s pre-eminent forces, but all that changed when, as Gunners vice-chairman David Dein noted with much regret, Abramovich “parked his Russian tanks on our lawn and fired £50 notes at us”.

Abramovich’s cash landed Jose Mourinho in 2004 and funded his wunderkind manager’s assault on the Premier League establishment.


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