Pundit Says Newcastle Are Headed For The Championship


55 year-old pundit Tony Gale has said that Newcastle must invest heavily in the transfer window this summer if they are not going to be struggling against relegation next season.

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Tony Gale – Newcastle must invest otherwise they’ll be relegated

We’ve got news for Tony because we are in danger of taking the drop this season after six defeats in a row and who thinks we can win a game in the lats five games – given our form of late – which has been pretty hopeless apart from that second half again at home to Arsenal.

We will survive only if the teams below don’t get to 35 points – the points we had at the end of February after our 1-0 wain against Aston Villa – and not because we are doing anything to help ourselves.

Tony does a lot of the broadcasts fr Premier League games for NBC Sports and he’s a good commentator and he had this to say today on Morning View on Sky Sports News HQ:

“They need a point to survive, it could be a really low total needed to survive.” “I think they will definitely get something from somewhere, I don’t know where, but you can see them losing them all their remaining matches.”

“I think if they don’t spend this summer, they are going to go down next season without a shadow of a doubt. That squad goes down, it doesn’t matter if you put Jose Mourinho in charge of them, they will go down.”

“Ashley has got to invest, and invest heavily, just to stay in the Premier League. They have been looking for that eight to 12th spot, that’s where they’ve been, but to get into that seventh and sixth, you’ve got to spend another £150M and do you want to do that as an owner, I’m not so sure.”

“What the fans want to see is eighth to 12th and playing some good football and some quality players. If you look at that Newcastle squad against Tottenham and you thought there is not one there that excites me.”

Newcastle should be going after a top six position and nothing less – that’s where we belong.

We think Mike Ashley will invest in the summer, but it’s not because he has changed his view about anything at the club – but he wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League so he gets worldwide advertising for his Sports Direct company.

And the fact he will very likely appoint Steve McClaren as the new head coach means he has no intention of changing the way he runs the club – which is simply to make money.

In the years ahead the Premier League must cit out this kind of thing where owners are simply taking advantage of a famous football club for their own business interested – and have no interest in making them into a good team – which is what the fans want to see.

Owners like Mike Ashley when they buy clubs have to meet a Means and abilities test and also a Owners’ and Directors’ Test,  but it’s all about what money they have and there’s is nothing in there about trying to make the club successful on the field of play.

So there’s nothing in the rules today of Premier League club ownership, that says a person like Ashley cannot come in and unashamedly use a club for their own business interests.

And of course that’s just exactly what Ashley has done over the last eight years – and we’ve noticed his Sports Direct company has done extremely well in that time.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Macas

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Hard to estimate exactly how many in the ground, but roughly 40k – 42k I would have said. Nowhere close to the 30k being mentioned but still a big eough drop from the normal amount. Don’t know why everyone needs to keep bleating on about it, as if they have to prove it was or wasn’t a success. Personally I hope we get a full house for the Swansea game and get 100% behind the team, we need those final point(s) to get us over the line.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Tuff,
    Really unhelpful, and it undermines all the hard work. The number of empty seats, and the further fans who walked out coupled with the media coverage should be enough to qualify the event as a complete success.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Macas,
    Yes, because the team has responded to full houses all season. I guess that is why we are having so much success and on the brink of the relegation battle.

    I actually quite liked Jayphoto’s idea. Full house, bit of stick for Ashley early doors, applaud Alder and Sweeney then get up and leave.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Lg

    There was a few fans who did that yesterday.

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  • Macas

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe – Any need for such a sarcastic response? I would have the thought the fans would be concerned that the club could slide down a division, but judging from most of the posters on this blog apparently not. The boycott successfully raised the issue of the fans discontent, it would be nice if that could now be put to one side until the club can guarantee safety. A full house with the crowd pushing the team on has got to help, even if only a little bit.

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  • Thump

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    @Jeff: Maybe it’s a warehouse for USC.

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  • Slank

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Yet another pundit with words of wisdom, not.

    Tony Gale is right about the need to invest. He must get paid to quote the bleeding obvious. Note to self, become a paid pundit.

    However, where does he pluck the £150 million from ?

    Has he spoken to Charnley or Carr ? Has he examined the Newcastle books ? I doubt it.

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  • Slank

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Jeff @ 2

    SD is the cash cow. That’s were his money comes from. He ain’t going to kill that.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry what? Put to one side? Until when exactly? Another relegation is upon us? End of next season when undoubtedly we’ll be in the same position through lack of quality and investment? What will you say then? Wait till the teams safe….again. Vicious circle springs to mind.

    Now is the time. Not tomorrow not next week, month, year. Now. Why should we wait? We’ve had to put up with shite for long enough.

    Is this the jam tomorrow happening again but in a different guise? Wait until the teams safe….then it’ll be wait until we see what he does in the summer.

    I’m sick of waiting for something that isn’t going to happen.

    We might aswell be heard. We have been heard.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Macas,
    The players haven’t responded to the fans all season, why do you think all of a sudden they will? What is the point in having one individual event. If protests don’t continue, then we will have to start all over again, and will have further weakened the position that the fans are in.

    If the players had any personal or professional pride they would be able to perform regardless of whether 52,000 fans are roaring them on or not.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Macas

    If Ashley continues as he has we’ll go down next year.

    If they go down it’s not the fans fault.

    We’ve been in relegation form for 18months, if you take the 5 wins in a row at start of the season away we’d be screwed.
    Since last Xmas I’d be shocked if we had 60pts on the board.

    The players have had enough don’t care and aren’t playing for Carver.

    Is 50,000 fans sitting in silence because the teams gives them nothing worthy of cheering or get behind really going to make a difference?

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  • Belfast

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Still don’t believe we’ll go down this season, and I usually always think the worst lol

    That West Brom win on Saturday was massive, it means they don’t have to beat us. They would have targeted the game against us as a must win.

    West Ham are also in terrible form in 2015, So I think we’ll be fine.

    In a ideal world Leicester stay up and the Mackems go down.

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  • mecannylad

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I quite like the 17th minute exit idea ….but is there enough discipline in the rank and file to make an impact.
    A better idea would be us all to actually enter the stadium pre kick off as normal but remain in the concourse until the 17th minute and then take our seats en-mass.
    The impact would be sensational ….. and it would be relatively easy to manage and so difficult for the stewards to stop.

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  • geordiemark

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    so the 200m hes paid for the property has more then likely come out of Newcastle united over the last nearly 8 years of his ownership considering there constantly cooking the books that’s where our money has gone, I wouldn’t put it past him if he didn’t use our club money to buy shares in rangers either

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  • NUFC Base

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #16

    In general I have to agree, we’re fine this season but next year we are in real danger.

    That being said to avoid relegation it’s not a case of buying new players but hiring a competent manager. We certainly need new players to get in the top half though.

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