Newcastle United was knocked out of the FA Cup for the second time on Saturday, this time by lowly League One side Cambridge United, the world’s wealthiest club.
As a result, the club’s Saudi Arabian owners paid a post-match visit to the players and coach Eddie Howe in the dressing room at St. James’ Park.
Amanda Stavely and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi were in attendance, as was Yasir Al-Rumayyan, whose Public Investment Fund owns 80% of the Magpies.
“They did pop in to see the players,” Howe confirmed afterwards. “I personally wasn’t in there for that, then they saw me with my coaching team after.
“I believe they were very supportive to the players, highlighting the fact we’re very much in this fight to stay in the league together, and they’re very much behind everybody. I can’t thank them enough for that support.
“I think it was really beneficial for the players to be able to see that and hear that because this journey we’re going on currently and this fight we’re in to stay in this division is a united effort from everybody at the club.
“The supporters are playing their part, no doubt, they’ve been magnificent, and the owners wanted to show their support for the players, which is really welcome for me.”