Even as the ink dried on Amanda Staveley’s contract as Newcastle United manager, Lascelles couldn’t believe what was happening outside St James’ Park.
So he hopped into his Range Rover and drove down Barrack Road to take a look with his own eyes.
In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Live, Lascelles spoke about:
* How Newcastle were forced to play defensive football during the Mike Ashley era
* Why Toon players want to follow Joe Hart and Micah Richards to Man City and be the first team to win anything in decades alongside star signings
* The speculation surrounding the manager has not affected the players and they need to improve their game no matter who the boss is
* His mission to St James’ Park just to see if the takeover scenes REALLY happen!
It was the end of the week, and Lascelles is still coming to terms with the fact that he is now captain of the richest club in the world.
At 27, Lascelles is still a young man with everything to play with and most of his life ahead of him.
He was once much sought after by Arsenal when he was young and he came close to England’s appeal under Rafa Benitez. His career at Newcastle has been full of ups and downs.
He swallowed the bitter relegation pill in 2016, but was seen as the man who should lead the Magpies towards the big time, and that judgment was proven correct by Benitez.
Lascelles is only 10 out of 200 appearances in Tyneside, but admits it wasn’t always easy in Mike Ashley’s day. Although there was pain for the supporters, there was also a weight on the shoulders of the players.
Newcastle’s budget hasn’t always helped and the style of play, parking the bus with five in the back, hasn’t always suited the players – especially Lascelles.
Speaking in his first interview as a skipper since the takeover, the former Nottingham Forest star told Chronicle Live: “I’ve been here for six years now and it’s been repetitive in terms of the owner and how which we had to play.
“Personally, I prefer to play in a four back – I think it’s better for the team.
“With the players we have, we have an incredible attacking threat and we can get on the pitch.
“Especially the position we are in now, we have to win games.
“We cannot sit still.
“It’s just a huge relief and everyone was over the moon.
“It’s just nice.
“My phone didn’t stop on Thursday and I was glued to the TV.
“The messages were coming in from the left, the right and the center.
“I saw all the fans at the stadium and I was like, ‘I want to be there myself.
“Finally, I got down and looked around.
“It’s nice to see everyone happy. “
The enormity of what transpired in the past week in Tyneside is still being processed.
I mean, Newcastle, you know, the richest club in the world … how does it feel to be captain of the richest football team in the world?
Lascelles replied: “I thought about it several times when I was alone.
” This is unheard of.
“The way we were a few weeks ago until where we are now is just crazy.
“It’s the start of a new era for everyone at Newcastle, be it the staff, the players and the fans – everyone is involved, it’s fantastic for them.
“I hope we can all be a part of it.
“We can start the journey and continue with football and success, that’s what we all want, success. “
When Manchester City was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United group, it changed the lives of fans on the light blue side of the city.
The Maine Road comedy club suddenly became big players in the transfer market with the arrival of Robinho, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré.
But that didn’t stop others from staying on board and winning trophies as part of the revolution.
People like Micah Richards and Joe Hart won champions medals in 2012, four years after the takeover, and won the FA Cup the year before.
Newcastle players know that between now and January they are lucky to make an impact.
Lascelles said: “I think everyone involved will have a little bit of uncertainty.
“You already hear about players arriving.
“As players who will give us a boost, and now as players, we all want to impress.
“We all want to be a part of it.
“I hope we can be a part of what is now to come. “
The week since the takeover was nothing short of dramatic in its own way.
Players walked in and out of practice amid the glare of TV cameras and photographers with Steve Bruce’s own position being publicly debated.
So how did it go at the team canteen this week?
Lascelles said: “The main conversations were about the takeover and the situation of the players.
“But we also prepared for the game.
“We saw the manager stuff yeah.
“As players, this is all out of our control.
“We just focus on the games and it doesn’t matter who is standing there we have to go as players and do it for the fans. “
Lascelles is expected to lead the team against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after recovering from a thigh injury.
Lascelles said: “It was an injury where I could still keep my physical shape and take care of myself.
“I feel good now.
“And I had a good week of training.
“I can’t wait to be part of the game on Sunday. “
And so on until Sunday for the 4:30 p.m. kick-off at St James’ in front of a sold-out crowd.
Lascelles said: “With what just happened to us with the takeover and the feeling in the air, ambition and hunger, it’s time to impress.
“This is the perfect time to play them.
“We know it will be a tough game, but we’ve beaten them before and there’s certainly no reason we can’t again. “
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