Ken Early: Newcastle take final step in becoming Saudi regime’s pet club

Any success the club achieves won’t feel like the fans always dreamt it would feel

Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan (C) and minority owner Amanda Staveley take their seats for the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan (C) and minority owner Amanda Staveley take their seats for the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

The cameras had feasted on the joy of Newcastle’s new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and minority shareholder Amanda Staveley as they celebrated Callum Wilson’s second-minute opener.

Now they lingered on their stony faces as they watched their new team be humiliated by Tottenham: 3-1 down, a man sent off and hardly able to get a kick of the ball.

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