Bernard Upbeat On Newcastle – But BIg Money Needed

Former Newcastle full back Olivier Bernard was interviewed in the Chronicle yesterday, and Olivier commented on Newcastle’s pursuit of Manchester City coach Patrick Vieira, and certainly Olivier seems very keen on the club signing the 38 year-old Frenchman, and thinks he can even bring success to Tyneside.

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Olivier Bernard – lots of money needed

Bernard also commented on Mike Ashley, and thinks the owner will spend money this summer, after the surprise scare on relegation, when we were almost relegated in the last game of the season, after we had  picked up just one point in the previous 10 league games under interim-coach John Carver.

However, the players and coach really pulled it out and played very well against West Ham when the chips were down, and played their best football for months and we won 2-0 and stayed up.

Bernard seems to think that Mike Ashley will stand by the promises he made in the Sky Sports interview he surprisingly gave before the final game of the season.

But a lot of money will be needed to make Newcastle into a team that can compete once again at the highest level.

This is what Olivier said:

“The owner came out and said he was prepared to give Newcastle the chance to compete.” “I am sure he will do that after the disaster that was the second half of the season. He knows that you can’t mess about in the Premier League.”

“He had a bit of a fright and that was a good thing. He didn’t want to go down and knows not bringing anything solid in this summer will affect the team and the Premier League table.”

“I think he will go strong enough to remain in the top 10 and maybe Europe.” “The League Cup is the trophy for me, the likes of Man United and Arsenal field young sides so you should for it.”  

“We need to be looking to win something.” “For that you have to have the manager who has the ability and that manager needs money to do it. Not £60million – that’s not enough.”

“If you are rebuilding a full team you need more. There are five or six who have been released and you need another six anyway.”

“It will probably take more than one transfer window to be fair but we can hopefully see some progression in the next six months.”

There’s an expectation at Newcastle this summer, and Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have very little room for error with the fans literally fed up with the way the club has been run on a shoestring.

The most important appointment this summer could take place this week when Newcastle decide between Vieira and Steve McClaren, as to who the head coach will be.

Newcastle fans are hoping it’s Patrick Vieira.

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This will be a critical decision, and it will give is a hint if Mike Ashley really does want Newcastle to become a good (great?) side again and win a trophy.

If Patrick is appointed it should help to sell the season tickets for next season, but if Steve McClaren gets the nod – there may not be too much change at Newcastle next term.

We’ll gave to wait and see what happens in what could be a pivotalweek.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • jane

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    deja vu

  • Pokat

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Only is right you can’t mess about in the PL but more accurately mike has found out there’s no such thing as coasting, the PL is always moving and will leave you behind unless you keep running, no good putting the pencil arranger and the club bib washer and general handyman in charge you need pros who are up with the modern game.

  • lesh

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Must say I’m not convinced about Ed’s polls on prospective appointments.

    This last one for example is simply asking for a preference between Viera or McLaren.

    Now if Carver were in there instead of Viera, the vote would be overwhelmingly McLaren.

    Introduce say Mourinho as the alternative to Viera in a two horse race with McLaren and well,……

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    My partner has just had a 20 minute rant at me on how me supporting NUFC has largely ruined our 20 year relationship and is the root cause of all my depression!

    She says if it’ not the procession of appallingly poor managers, it’s the owners and if it’s not the owners it’s the players etc etc. You get the gist..

    In the cold light of day it’s kind of hard to disagree, especially after a weekend when the teams it would be so much easier to follow, ie Arsenal and Barcelona were sublime.

    I think I have now made a pact with her and myself that if Viera or someone of equal standing comes in and is allowed to appoint their own people etc, I will stick with it, as after 45 years supporting them this would signify a significant departure and change of direction.

    If it is McLaren with the same 3rd rate coaching staff I think it is finally all over for me. Not so much because it’s McLaren, as there are worse out there, but because yet again a great opportunity has been missed by the ”football board”’ (whoever they are!)

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5


    I think they’re the last 2 standing

  • HarriboNo9

    Jun 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Tbh I want Rodgers sacked by Liverpool and Newcastle appoint him! I don’t know why we don’t go for Howe. If we’re looking at a young up coming manager then it would be him as he’s done so much more than viera. Ashley has a huge club behind him and has a pick of any manager within reason to chose from all he needs to do is flash money at them and give them some what of control and we have a great boundary. Seems so simple. don’t understand why things are always so hard at Newcastle I really really don’t get it

  • Sav

    Jun 1, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    ‘Football Board?’ – Mmuuwaaaahhaaaahhhaaaaahhhaaa!

  • Sav

    Jun 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    But Bernard is right about the kind of money that needs to be spent.

  • WLtoon

    Jun 1, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Where does this 5oM kitty on players rumour come from? Has Ashley said that is what is available?
    If so i am flabbergasted .
    And how many times does Maclaren say no to us before we get the hint.?
    He does,nt want us and we dont want him so leave it ffs.
    Well, the supporters dont want him.


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