Newcastle United

Newcastle chairman arrives at St James' Park for first time following takeover

By Sean Walsh
Yasir Al-Rumayyan will be in attendance for the game against Spurs
Yasir Al-Rumayyan will be in attendance for the game against Spurs / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages
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New Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has arrived at St James' Park for the first time and will be in attendance for the Magpies' home game against Tottenham on Sunday.

Al-Rumayyan is the chief executive of the Public Investment Fund, who now own 80% of the club, and has been pictured meeting board director Jamie Reuben ahead of the clash with Spurs

90min revealed earlier this week that Newcastle were hopeful of Al-Rumayyan being present for the club's first home game since the recent takeover.

Steve Bruce will take charge for the game but Newcastle are already planning for life after him and talks are ongoing with a number of candidates for the manager's job. Managing director Lee Charnley will also be leaving St James' Park.

Al-Rumayyan looks set to be the man to finalise Bruce's departure from the club, with his arrival in the country expected to speed up a number of processes and decisions which have yet to be finalised since the takeover was completed.

90min understands that former Rangers head of recruitment Frank McParland is currently working with the club, having opened talks with the new owners even before they took charge.

McParland will likely to take on an official role as football advisor, and will play a part in Newcastle's academy going forward.

Though not yet under contract, McParland's input is thought to be highly valued as the club's new owners find their feet.

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