Yasir Al-Rumayyan's powerful message to Newcastle United fans on takeover anniversary

Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has issued a message to Newcastle United fans on the eve of the anniversary of the club’s takeover.

The governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – who bought 80% of the club last October – has written an open letter to supporters ahead of tomorrow’s anniversary.

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Al-Rumayyan speaks about the “warmth” of the welcome he and his fellow board members received when he attended the first game after the takeover.

And Al-Rumayyan, also chairman of oil company Saudi Aramco, reiterates the ownership group’s “objective” of winning domestic and European trophies, and he also points to the “direct ownership” of Newcastle United Women – the team is no longer run through the Newcastle United Foundation – as being a key strategic move.

The letter read: “Thank you for your incredible support. I am very conscious of the contributions that you all make – on and off the field.

"Football clubs are driven by their fans. And this club’s fans are more passionate and more committed than any others. I have seen for myself on many occasions how Newcastle fans have lifted our team.

“As we mark the first anniversary of our takeover of the club, it seemed appropriate to take the time to say thank you – on behalf of the Newcastle board.

Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and co-owner Amanda Staveley.

"The first game after the takeover will live long in my memory. The feeling of pride at holding the black and white scarf as I entered the stadium. The collective roar of 52,000 of you and the unrivalled, electric atmosphere of St James’ Park on match-day.

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"I will never forget the warmth of your welcome to my fellow board members and me on that October day.

"A year ago, we set out some principles in an open letter that framed our thinking as custodians of the club. We told you that we wanted to build, over time, a consistently successful team. And we told you that we were focused on long-term success.

"There is still a long way to go, but each season is a building block towards our objective – to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe.

Newcastle United supporters celebrate last year's takeover.
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"The club we are building is made up of people who understand our long-term vision, and who understand the patience and persistence that it will take to achieve those goals. Those values are reflected in the players that we bring to the club.

"Bringing the women’s team into direct ownership of the club is a part of that plan.

"Progress won’t always be smooth – but we will always forge ahead. You can rest assured that we are all working very hard to drive the club forward.

"The support of our fans and the Newcastle community is an incredible motivation for us. It will never be taken for granted.”

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The other 20% of the club, which was bought from Mike Ashley for £305million is shared between Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi’s PCP Capital Partners and Jamie Reuben’s RB Sports & Media.

"You can see Chelsea was sold for $3.5billion, so my potential now is to go from £350million to at least $3.5billion,” said Al-Rumayyan.