Former Newcastle United man teases St James’ Park return in message to Yasir Al-Rumayyan

Newcastle United have qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Former Newcastle United director Majed Al Sorour has congratulated Yasir Al-Rumayyan & Co following the return of Champions League football to St James’ Park.

Al Sorour joined the Magpies’ board – formed by Amanda Staveley, Jamie Reuben and Al-Rumayyan – in May last year but stepped down seven months later following his departure as the head of LIV Golf.

Although he is no longer at United, Al Sorour revealed his delight at the club’s progress – going from relegation candidates to European contenders in less than 18 months.

“Congratulations to my dear friends at NUFC for clinching a spot for the Champions League,” Al Sorour posted on LinkedIn. “Last year we were fighting to save ourselves from relegation and we finished 11th.

“Mr Chairman Al Rumayyan, your team-building ability and leadership is unprecedented and I am proud and honoured to have served you last year and this year with Newcastle as director and chairman of the football committee.

Al Sorour was a regular attendee at St James’ Park after the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia gained ownership of the Magpies in October 2021.

He hasn’t returned since leaving the board but hopes that will change in the near future.

Al Sorour added: “Amanda [Staveley] and Mehrdad [Ghodoussi] you both are tireless working friends Eddie [Howe], Jason [Tindall], best coaching staff. You are amazing and my friendship with you is bound forever.

“Dan [Ashworth] and Darren [Eales], keep up the good work and best of luck next season. I’ll be watching every game and would work on attending maybe a few. Love you all.”

After Al Sorour’s departure, Abdulmajid Ahmed Alhagbani and Asmaa Mohammed Rezeeq were confirmed as directors on February 23.