Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill believes Newcastle could be challenging for Europe next season.
Martin O’Neil – watch out for Newcastle
The Irishman has today warned that Aston Villa need to add more quality to the squad this season, just to avoid going backwards after two seasons of very good progress at the club.
Villa are still challenging for a UEFA Cup place going into the final game of the season, and that will depend a lot on how Everton do against Newcastle at Goodison on Sunday.
But O’Neill is very aware that Villa just cannot afford to stand still, and that the club has to invest in new players for next season. We agree with him there.
So what did Martin actually say about his competition?
Here’s the comment from the former Celtic and Leicester City boss:
“We’re trying to progress and we have got to do it otherwise we wouldn’t just stand still, we would probably regress.”
“There’s no standing still in Premier League football because there’s always someone looking over your shoulder.”
“Look at the sides next season that have got this driving ambition.”
“Tottenham Hotspur have just spent Â£16-18m on a young kid (Modric) who has never sampled the Premier League!”
“He looks a really good player, so they’re showing their intentions.”
“Newcastle will want to compete, and Sunderland are averaging 43,000 gates, so it’s going to be even tougher next year.”
Yes we know, Martin also mentioned Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.
But this is a web-site on Newcastle United and we can hardly have that comment about Sunderland in the headline now, can we! 😀
Actually we think Keane is a great manager for Sunderland, and he seems so much calmer and more likable a character than when he played. He’s a really interesting guy to listen to, and talks an awful lot of sense about football – much like Kevin.
And we think Sunderland will do a lot better than last year, but we also think Newcastle can move faster – and Kevin has already said 5th place is the target for next year.