Former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba admits he’ll be ‘very happy’ if a takeover of the club is completed, but has warned fans that money doesn’t guarantee success. But Ba, who played for mega-rich Chelsea, has urged fans not to expect success just because the wealth is there to spend.
Demba Ba said “If that goes through, I will be very happy because Newcastle is a club I love a lot. I have spent a very great time there and if this goes through it’s going to be another top team. I’m not going to say top club because Newcastle is already a top club, but it’s going to be another top team, fighting for the title, fighting for the Champions League, and it’s going to be only great for the Premier League and for Newcastle also. They will challenge. It does not mean they will win because we have seen for example a team like [Manchester] City, who have been challenging for a decade now for the Champions League. It’s not an easy competition and just money does not give you any guarantee. If money would give you guarantee then for sure City would have had a couple of (titles), and other clubs also would have had more – Paris (Saint-Germain) would also have one.”
The 34-year-old only spent 18 months on Tyneside, but is remembered fondly by fans having scored 29 goals in 58 appearances – and holds the club in the same affection.