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Newcastle hero Lee Clark explains how new owners can get fans onside with key appointment

Newcastle’s proposed new owners must consider bringing Kevin Keegan back to the club when the takeover is completed, according to former player Lee Clark.

Newcastle are still awaiting news from the Premier League over whether a £300million deal between Mike Ashley and a Saudi-backed consortium has passed its owners’ and directors’ test.

It has been eight weeks since the deal was first agreed and anxiety is growing over the delay.

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Yet that hasn’t prevented those with an allegiance to the club from dreaming of better days once Ashley has departed St James’ Park.

The injection of money at a time when clubs are struggling financially could be an advantage for Newcastle in the upcoming transfer window.

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But after a breakdown in the relationship between the club and supporters, mending those burned bridges is also a priority.

Keegan is an adored figure on Tyneside after two spells as a manager and 85 appearances as a player in the 1980s.

The former England manager has stated in the past that he would only consider returning to the club when Ashley is no longer in charge and Clark told Express Sport there is no better person to help the new owners as an advisor.

“There are lots of things that can be done to get the feel-good factor back and get the relationship with the supporters and the club strong like it used to be when everyone felt like they were working for each other and the same cause,” he said.

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“It is small things but they mean a hell of a lot to the people who support the club.

“[Under Ashley] the biggest breakdown has been between the supporters and the people who run the club and when you’ve got that sort of scenario, you are not designed for success. Everyone needs to be together.

“There’s been a lot of things done wrong in the way the club has tried to do things and it has made a discord with the supporters and created a tough atmosphere for the players and managers to work in.

“Everyone needs to be together.”

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