A takeover agreement is now in the hands of the Premier League with Amanda Staveley, with whom Wraith has spent some time, and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund in hopes of removing the club from Mike Ashley.
Wraith was also instrumental in raising funds – including more than £ 54,000 for a legendary match with Alan Shearer – for a multitude of Tyneside charities, including the Sunshine Fund and St Oswald’s Hospice.
Wraith, who became known to fans of the fanzine scene and continued to work for the club before stage management events with legends like Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, offered his perspective to the light of the takeover frenzy that is now international news.
Wraith told The Chronicle, “There is always caution when slipping takeovers is mentioned on Tyneside, but this time there is more optimism due to corporate documentation.
“It would be typical for Mike Ashley to sell the club when we can’t go out to celebrate!” The club has enormous potential.
“He’s a sleeping giant and with the right owner and a healthy investment, there’s no reason we can’t be back by challenging the top six, competing in Europe and trying to win our first trophy national since 1955. “
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Wraith was formerly the club’s fan liaison officer and will publish a book on his experiences this year.
He explained, “Communication with supporters is essential. We have one of the largest supporter trusts in the UK with over 9,000 members.
“The new owners have to buy in the area, work with the community on football-related and non-football-related projects.
“The stadium and training facilities have been neglected for 13 years. Just like the team.
“There is a lot to do and Rome was not built in a day. Fans will have to be realistic and patient. “
Wraith met Staveley in 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool and sat down with the Ripon-born financier at St James ‘Park that day.
He said, “Amanda has a connection to the north of England, so she understands the region.
“This is the key to his persistence. She facilitated the takeover of Manchester City and therefore knows very well how the business side of football works. “
“As a fan, I’m glad she didn’t go. “
Asked about the club’s relationship with Saudi Arabia’s contribution, Wraith said: “I also work in professional boxing and have witnessed great fights in Saudi Arabia and they have been great for the sport.
“There are also Saudi owners in the Premier League and there have been no problems with them.
“As for Ashley, I have nothing against him personally.
“He arrived 13 years ago and announced that he had bought the club to promote his sports brand to the world.
“He did exactly that. He’s a rich man for a reason. He’s not stupid.
“If he had embraced the philosophy of the region and the club, it could have been so different.
“I think it’s a huge advantage for our football club and our community to be able to attract investment from the Saudi state.
“The news that the Reuben brothers are also participating in this takeover is welcoming because they have already invested a lot in the city.
“I appreciate that some people may have problems and they are entitled to their opinion, but this is football for me. Nothing more, nothing less. “
When asked if he had reservations, Wraith concluded, “Reservations? Yes. It is not finished yet.
“The cans are refrigerated but not yet open!
“Pray that the entire Toon army will safely cross this tragic pandemic and then we can celebrate together at Bigg Market and Quayside a sunny night in 2020.”