Newcastle United’s emergence as Champions League contenders rattled Premier League rivals so much that 18 of them voted to change the rule book.
In the second part of Newcastle’s Prime Videodocumentary, club officials discuss how new rules came in swiftly after the Magpies’ Saudi takeover. And why it left co-owner Amanda Staveley unhappy as the rules unfolded while Newcastle were staring relegation to the Championship in the face.
Part two of the “We are Newcastle United” series airs this week and in it Staveley and CCO Peter Silverstone talk about the impact of those recent changes which Premier League rivals feared that the Magpies would sign lucrative deals with companies linked to owners. Silverstone says: “The nuance for me was that when Newcastle were taken over new rules were brought into place.”
Staveley is asked in the documentary if the rules were changed because other teams saw Newcastle as a threat and said: “Yes. But I was shocked that we could buy a club, pay a full price and then rules just change.
“I think that’s what p***** me off because we had so little revenue anyway that if you are just going to ban everything, we were 20th and we had nothing and I was angry then yeah.”