Former Newcastle midfield star Rob Lee has come out today and told Newcastle to spend the money – presumably whether they have the money or not.
Rob Lee – while at Newcastle
But that’s so easy to say, and in the past it hasn’t particularly helped Newcastle with some of the ridiculously overpriced and mediocre players we brought to Tyneside.
This is what Lee told the Evening Chronicle today.
“Newcastle are a huge club and they deserve to be in the Premier League, but they’ve got to spend money,” “Chris and Colin have done a fantastic job, absolutely brilliant. They’ve done everything asked of them.”
“They had good players to work with, the best squad in the Championship, but you still have to manage them, to keep them happy.” “The players wouldn’t have been used to performing in that division but they got them playing and winning.”
“Now going back up is going to be completely different. The players can play, but you have to make sure they actually do.”
“You need to score goals from all areas. You get a lot of chances in the Championship, but there will be a lot less in the Premier League.”
“When they do come you have to take them. You could be playing well, but if you’re not scoring goals week-in, week-out, you’ll lose games.”
“Scoring is all that matters. They’ve got good players who can score goals, but it’s up to the players to prove they can do it.” “I still believe they have a decent squad by Premier League standards, good enough to keep them up.”
“But to venture further, which a club like Newcastle should be looking to do, you have to spend money, everybody knows that.”
“If you don’t, it’s tough. You expect teams going up to spend a bit, even if it’s just to freshen things up and keep people on their toes.” “They’ve had a good season, so they’re on a high right now. But the Premier League is totally different, and very difficult.”
It seems that the only way Newcastle will be able to spend any money this summer, is if it comes out of the pocket of owner Mike Ashley, as perhaps another interest-free loan to the club.
The financial books at the club do not look good at all, and the club is in a lot of debt right now and probably couldn’t get another loan, if they wanted one.
The club seems as though it is still trying to recover from the tragedy of relegation that so severely hit the revenue stream last summer.
We think it will take at least a year to recover financially and pay off some of the loans, and the the increased PL revenues will help a lot.
But the question will be can the Newcastle club survive next season in the Premiership before then?