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.
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.