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Why the inevitable rise of Newcastle to the top is not likely to be as swift as Chelsea or Man City

Newcastle's takeover by a Saudi-led group is set to make the club the richest club in England.

The objective of the club will be to rise and become one of the league's biggest clubs, competing for major trophies at home and in Europe. With the monetary weight behind them, their rise is somewhat inevitable but how rapid can it be?

The Magpies will be looking at the quick success Chelsea enjoyed when Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 and the relatively quick one for Manchester City after the 2008 Abu Dhabi takeover, and will by eyeing the same quick success.

However, the situations when Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour took over are different from the current situation and Newcastle may have to be patient for much longer before they can begin to enjoy success.

**Roman Abramovich (l) and Shiekh Mansour (r)

The first thing that happens when a rich owner takes over a new club is to begin to outspend the others in order to build a quality squad. A managerial change is also usually effected in their bid to climb to the top. Newcastle isn't going to be an exemption from this trend.

Roman Abramovich did this when he took over and it yielded almost instant success. However, it was much easier doing so then.

There were very few clubs in Europe as rich as Chelsea when Abramovich bought the club. The club was very easily able to outspend others into getting its desired transfer targets.

To make it much easier, Manchester United, an Arsenal who very reluctant to spend, and a Liverpool won had never won the League were the major title rivals when in 2003/2004. With a UCL winner as manager, Chelsea easily toppled these clubs and established a "big 4" in the EPL.

Manchester City's situation in 2008 was a bit difficult. The "big 4" was already established and breaking into it was always going to be extremely difficult.

The Citizens had to spend a lot in getting quality players and managers before they finally won their first trophy (the FA Cup) 3 years later and qualified for Europe (Europa League) for the very first time since the takeover.

By the 2011/2012 season, City won the EPL and with Tottenham's tendency to finish top 4, a "big 6" was established.

Leicester City have in the last couple of seasons threatened to break into the "big 6", if they haven't and West Ham are not far away. It is at this time that Newcastle is starting their project.

Newcastle may be the richest club in England but there are other rich clubs with higher status and pedigree who can easily brush off competition from the Magpies to sign transfer targets.

Newcastle have a very long way to go to reach the top of the food chain in a league that already has the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. They will indeed rise but toppling the already established "big six" will not be easy and for this they may have to wait much longer than Chelsea and Manchester City did.

**Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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