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.
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.
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.