Newcastle takeover: Premier League owners ranked, featuring Glazers, Abramovich, Mansour & Kroenke


Newcastle United’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) promises to shake up the Premier League.

The PIF is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and is worth a mind-blowing £320 billion.

By comparison, Sheikh Mansour, whose wealth has transformed Manchester City into a powerhouse, is valued at £21bn.

Newcastle ready to take over

Newcastle‘s fans celebrated wildly outside St James’ Park on Thursday afternoon as the takeover was announced.

And it’s not hard to understand why. After years of Mike Ashley, who mostly baulked at the idea of investing in the squad, the Magpies now look set to try and take over European football.

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The takeover has got us thinking about the Premier League‘s owners and where they would rank not in terms of their financial status, but their performance leading a football club.

Investment is important, of course. But there are other determining factors in an owners’ popularity, including their ability to maintain a strong connection to the fanbase and local community, and whether or not they would break that just in pursuit of more money (we’re looking at you, ‘Big Six’).

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Premier League owners ranked

As such, we’ve entrusted the help of Tiermaker to rank the current crop of owners in a list of categories from ‘absolutely golden’ to ‘get out of my club’.

The list is entirely this writer’s opinion, but the general view from each club’s fans towards their owner has also been factored in.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.


Get out of my club

The Glazer family (Man United)

The Glazers’ commitment to Man United can be seriously questioned, with the Americans hardly doing much to change the club’s lack of success in the post-Ferguson era.

The European Super League plans, as well as the debt placed on United since the Glazers’ arrival, has left United fans desperate for change at the top of the club.

“They are scavengers and need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country,” former defender Gary Neville said about the Glazers in April.


Don’t know enough yet

Mohammed bin Salman (Newcastle United), Alan Pace (Burnley)

Pace only took over at Burnley in January so it’s too early to judge him.

As for Bin Salman, Newcastle fans have lofty expectations. When’s Mbappe arriving, Mohammed?


Would rather you weren’t here

Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), David Gold and David Sullivan (West Ham), John W. Henry (Liverpool), Daniel Levy (Tottenham)

This category shows that a club’s performances on the pitch don’t always mean the ownership is doing its job.

How much of Liverpool‘s success in recent years is really down to John W. Henry?

The same can be said for Gold and Sullivan, who have faced several protests from West Ham fans as a result of loans the pair have inflicted on the club.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Tottenham have seen themselves fall adrift of the Premier League’s top sides.


You’ll do

Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones (Norwich City), Gino Pozzo (Watford)

Watford fans have to be frustrated by the revolving door that Pozzo has created at Vicarage Road – he’s sacked seven managers in five years – but he has also spared them from financial trouble and is keen on turning them into a steady Premier League outfit.

Smith and Wynn-Jones have kept finances steady at Norwich, refusing to spend over their means, but this season perhaps could be the wake-up call needed if the Canaries are to drop back down to the Championship.


Thanks for the money

Roman Abramovich (Chelsea), Sheikh Mansour (Man City)

Abramovich and Mansour were both behind the breakaway plans in the spring, showing their true intent.

Both have turned their clubs into powerhouses and their fans will be thankful for that. But trying to rip the club away from them? Not on.

It stained years of hard work from both owners in building a positive reputation. Abramovich saved Chelsea from bankruptcy and turned them into Premier League giants, while Mansour has also done some fine community work and created a first-class academy.

In a future version of this article, once the European Super League is (hopefully) a thing of the past, perhaps we’ll see both owners in a higher category.


Very good

Andrea Radrizzani (Leeds Utd), Steve Parish, Josh Harris and David Blitzer (Crystal Palace), Gao Jisheng (Southampton)

Palace and Southampton are both well run and established in the top flight, while Radrizzani has returned Leeds to the Premier League and even managed to attract Marcelo Bielsa to the club.

Leeds endured some desperately dark days when they dropped down to League One but they’ve been on the up since his arrival in 2017. And he’s also been very accessible on social media, too, giving fans an owner they feel is also one of them.

We just won’t talk about that new badge that he tried to introduce…


Class acts

Matthew Benham (Brentford), Nassef Sawiri and Wes Edens (Aston Villa), Tony Bloom (Brighton), Farhad Moshiri (Everton), Guo Guangchang (Wolves)

Benham’s story is absolutely incredible and it’s great to see Brentford performing so well in their first season in the Premier League.

His analytical approach, which has been likened to ‘Moneyball’, helped Brentford reach the Premier League, overcoming teams with significantly bigger budgets. A new 17,250-capacity stadium is a show of their fine work.

Aston Villa’s owners have invested heavily in the squad since promotion to the top flight in 2019 and their handling of Jack Grealish’s departure in the summer was class.

Brighton’s Tony Bloom developed their new stadium and the Seagulls have a fine manager and are playing some quality football.

Farhad Moshiri’s ambitions can’t be doubted – he was able to bring Carlo Ancelotti to the club, after all – while Wolves’ owners have guided them from League One to the Premier League, with European football also attained. 


Absolutely golden

The Srivaddhanaprabha family (Leicester City)

The best of the lot.

The Srivaddhanaprabha family are the epitome of how owners should be. They care about the fans, recruit really well and have hired a very good manager, resulting in a side that’s playing European football.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is doing a fine job of continuing the legacy his father, Vichai, started, and long may it continue.


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