Former Newcastle United player John Barnes said that the club should not be signing the world-class players after the takeover of the club by a public investments fund of Saudi Arabia. Magpiesare going to be a huge part of a group led by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed Bin Salman who will be taking over the club for £300 million. This news has been great for many fans as the club will be able to sign many valuable players. But Barnes doesn’t want the fans to get over-excited and suggest that Newcastle should not be signing players who are on the same page of big clubs of England.
“They’re not marquee signings, they’re players that Newcastle probably couldn’t have got before the Saudi Arabians take over. Everyone wants to try and get better players. Better players don’t mean marquee signings, it’s just better players than what they have,” said Barnes.
Project Restart is about the restarting of Premier League in the coming weeks of this month and they have put forward the idea of the neutral stadium. Barnes is not happy with the idea of having neutral stadiums to avoid gatherings outside the stadium. He states that one should only be playing when it’s safe to play. By playing in neutral stadiums, there will be no away or home matches which will be leading to no promotions and relegations. To him, conducting away and home matches with the absence of an audience seem like a better option.