Former Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has come out today and says he thinks it’s great that Newcastle United are back in the Premiership.
Ruud Gullit – spend or be relegated
Ruud was a very popular choice as manager after Newcastle sacked Kenny Dalglish in August of 2008, and appointed Ruud, and at at that time there was talk about sexy football on Tyneside.
While Ruud did quite well in his first season, and Newcastle reached the final of the FA Cup, only to be beaten 2-0 by Manchester United, the next season was a disaster.
Newcastle made a terrible start to the 1999-2000 season and Gullit left Shearer on the bench in a home game against rivals Sunderland, which we eventually lost 2-1 in a downpour – and Chairman Freddy Shepherd sacked Gullit that night.
Basically the players revolted against Gullit, who had left Rob Lee without a first team number that season and had him train with the Youth team. That was an idiotic move by Ruud and we’ve never understood why he tried to belittle Rob Lee that way.
The great Bobby Robson was then brought in and Newcastle had five years of success and European Champions League Football, before Freddy decided to sack him too. Oh my.
To be fair to Ruud, he was a gentleman once he had been sacked, and he refused to take any wages in compensation, and remains a fan of the club.
This is apparent in his words today, but he says Newcastle must buy new players or face the consequences:
“It’s great the way Newcastle came right back – and the way they did it, in style, was fantastic. It can be very hard to play in a different league.”
“But they need to buy new players and there’s no money. So, can they stay in the Premier League with this team? I don’t see it happening.”
“They’ve already made a loss this year. There’s no money.”
“Some people talk about fans having too high expectations but that’s not true in my opinion. I think they have a right to want their club to do well.”
“Newcastle United are a great club and they have got massive potential. Their situation is a worry. It doesn’t often happen that teams who get promoted stay in the top division for a long time.
“We have seen it with the clubs going down at the end of last season.” “The budget is a problem. The gap between the top six teams and the rest is too big.”
“It’s massive. The Premier League can only be successful if everybody can have a chance to win it.” “What should make the top flight attractive is if you can lose to anyone. Nowadays that just doesn’t happen.”
We really don’t know if any transfer money will be made available to Newcastle this summer, but we find it hard to believe that £10M couldn’t be made available to help secure a few players on a permanent basis.
And with say two good loan signings, we are hoping that will be enough to allow us to avoid a relegation scrap next season.