Former Newcastle player and local lad Chris Waddle is the latest to give his opinion on what’s happening at Newcastle, and he’s another who is backing Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew – which is a little surprising, and he doesn’t think the protests of the Newcastle fans is helping the team much either.
Chris Waddle – commentator and analyst today
Here’s what Chris had to say about the Newcastle situation at present:
“The one thing you don’t want when walking onto the pitch is fans holding banners up with ‘manager out’. The players are still playing for Pardew so he must be doing something right.¨
¨I was at the Stoke City game and Newcastle played very well. They just couldn’t grab a goal.¨ “They dug in against Swansea and got a good result after going down to 2-0, so you can’t say the players aren’t giving it everything.¨
¨But sometimes you have to be realistic and say ‘how good are the team?’ Currently, they’re on par with the teams in the bottom half of the league.” “People might say they’re better than that, but does that mean you get a new manager in who can get more out of his team?¨
“Personally I don’t think you can. If a new manager comes in, he’d say to Mike Ashley ‘I need to bring in three or four players to make this team stronger’. Alan Pardew could probably say the same thing right now, but they haven’t got the budget at the minute so what’s the point in bringing a new manager in if he’s going to work from the same sort of line?”
You need a lot of money to compete against likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. Liverpool spent well over £100m this summer, Tottenham have spent a fortune after losing Gareth Bale, Everton are buying people like Romelu Lukaku.¨
¨So there’s a lot of teams at the top of the league who are spending fortunes and Ashley has said he can’t compete. He’s being honest, I don’t think there’s a problem with that, I don’t think he’s ever hid from that.¨
“At the minute, the only way Newcastle can get back into challenging for a Champions League spot is if Ashley were to sell the club to someone who’s got lots and lots of money to spend.”
“But realistically, looking at Newcastle United, a Premier League club is their stature and that’s what they should be. As for a top four or top six, I don’t think their budget allows Pardew to get into that bracket. In terms of the size of the club and the size of the wage bill they should be mid-table, away from relegation every year.¨
So it looks now like we cannot compete even with clubs like Everton, who have never had a lot of money in the past.
Newcastle do have the budget to bring in new players, because this year we’ve almost broken even with our transfers in and out, once you realize that we got £32M for Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, so the net is probably around £1M or £2M that Newcastle have spent this year – which isn’t much.
The protests cannot be helping the players much, but the players do seem to have good team spirit – it’s just hard to know what real impact the protests may be having.
But we’re sure the fans will be patient a week tomorrow in our home game against Leicester City – in a game we really should be winning.
If the lads are giving their all, as they have in the last four games, the protests will again be muted – but we also really need to win the next game, if we are to move away from the relegation zone.
The sooner that happens the better, and it’s hardly surprising Newcastle fans are unhappy with our plight at the moment, when you look at our record this year in the league.
Season Played Won Lost Drawn 2013-2014 19 5 13 1 2014-2015 7 0 3 4 Totals 26 5 16 5
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