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"If Newcastle United Don't Win A League Title In 10 Years It'll Be A Massive Failure"

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"If Newcastle United Don't Win A League Title In 10 Years It'll Be A Massive Failure"

Newcastle United's takeover means that they'll be considered 'massive failures' if they don't win the Premier League in the next 10 years, according to one pundit.

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Newcastle's takeover this week, with Mike Ashley bought out by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, has made them the richest club in England, with the new owners topping the rich list.

The news has kicked off some incredible rumours, with all sorts of names in the mix to be amongst the Magpies signings in January, including Aaron Ramsey being expected to be the first.

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Apparently Newcastle could spend up to £200 million in January and still be within the spending limits of financial fair play, and beyond this season it continue at pace.

Jason Cundy thinks that spending power means anything short of winning a Premier League title in the next decade would be seen as a failure for team from the north east.

Former Chelsea player Cundy compared the new project at St James' Park to that at his own former club and Manchester City, because of the money he expects them to spend.

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The Blues were top four challengers before they were bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003, with the club reportedly in danger of financial ruin at the end of the 2002/03 season if they didn't qualify for the following season's Champions League.

It took the club just two seasons to go from their previous standing in the league to title winners, their first time as English champions since 1955.

They have won five league titles, five FA Cups, two Europa Leagues and two Champions Leagues since the Russian bought the club and invested heavily.

Chelsea with their fifth title since their takeover. Image: PA Images
Chelsea with their fifth title since their takeover. Image: PA Images
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City had been a mid table team for the six seasons before being bought by Sheikh Mansour, at the beginning of the 2008/09 season, before which they'd been in the Championship.

They finished 10th in the first season under their new ownership, fifth at the end of the first full season and then made their way into the top four, finishing third, in the 2010/11 season.

The following season they won the Premier League for the first time, their first top tier title since 1968, and have since won it four more times.

Newcastle's new owners' task is closer to the one City's had to develop their team but even harder, with Steve Bruce's team currently in the relegation zone.

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Any money spent in January will be to get them away from the bottom three and from there they can look to challenge further up the table from next season.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Premier League, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Chelsea

Ryan Sidle
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