Newcastle United owners interested in acquiring Oostende despite relegation

Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that a delegation from Newcastle United has visited Oostende to look into the option of purchasing the club. The Saudi owned side join fellow Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Wolves in showing interest in adding Oostende to their portfolio.

On Saturday the side were relegated to the second tier of Belgian football after a 4-0 defeat at home to OH Leuven. Over the last two seasons, the Pacific Media Group (PMG), who took the club over in the February of 2020, have come under increased criticism from the fans for their handling of the club. On the pitch, recruitment has been poor and the owners have not been able to replace key players despite selling them for healthy fees. Off the pitch, the side are in financial trouble with reports emerging of failed payments to staff and suppliers.

If Newcastle’s owners did take over Oostende, they would join other sides in the second tier who are linked to English clubs. Lommel are part of the City Group, while RWDM are owned by Crystal Palace and Lyon head John Textor. However, after their 1-1 draw with Beveren at the weekend RWDM are on course for promotion into the Pro League.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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