Earlier this year, Newcastle City Council approved plans to move the statue of Alan Shearer within the boundaries of St James’s Park.
After removing Sports Direct signage from the stadium, among other things, Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi turned their attention to the statue of Shearer, and there has now been progress.
What is the story?
Well, after Newcastle City Council approved plans for Staveley and Ghodoussi in March, work has now started to move the statue.
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As you can see above, a crew is currently working to remove the 10ft statue of Shearer from the ground on Barrack Road.
Once safely removed, it will then be moved to sit opposite the statue of Sir Bobby Robson on the steps at Gallowgate West corner outside St James’ Park.
Hopefully the move is done with care as the statue is said to cost £250,000 – truth be told, it’s not like the Magpies can’t afford to replace it!
According to BBChe was paid for by the family of former chairman Freddy Shepherd, although Mike Ashley is said to have refused to have him inside the confines of St James’ Park.
Newcastle fans will be delighted
That’s not the only Shearer-related thing Staveley and Ghodoussi have done.
Before work on the statue began, the Newcastle co-owners restored the Nine Bar outside St James’ Park to its original name – Shearer’s.
According to Daily mailthere was outrage when the bar’s name changed following the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.
Now, that may seem like a small thing, but gestures like this from Staveley and Ghodoussi will go a long way in making Newcastle fans feel like they have their club back.
Now, with the statue moved, the pair need to get to work in the transfer market – hopefully they can find someone to follow in Shearer’s footsteps.
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