66-year-old Peter Withe was born in Liverpool, and he played for Newcastle from 1978 to 1980, and the striker was very popular with the fans.
Peter has been talking about Newcastle’s current predicament, where there are some doubts about Newcastle being able to stay in the Premier League this season.
There are also growing doubts about whether Amanda Staveley can wrestle the club away from owner Mike Ashley via a takeover.
The latest news in a nutshell on the takeover is that it’s a stalemate with Mike wanting at the very least £300M for the club and Amanda willing to offer only £250M.
Peter Withe – while at Newcastle 38 years ago
Peter has talked about Newcastle’s current situation as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“Rafa has done brilliantly, he is a very experienced manager.”
“If they can keep him, give him a few bob in the transfer window and let him make a few signings, then there is no reason why they can’t kick on.”
“It’s obvious that they aren’t going to be competing with Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City.”
“I would like to think he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League.”
“I have seen them play and they’ve lost games they should’ve won and they’ve won games they should have lost.”
“They need consistency and if Rafa can bring that, there is no reason why they can’t survive in the Premier League.”
“I think it’s always a risk that a club can be destabilised when takeover talks happen,”
“It happened at my old club Aston Villa. “New owners came in and people wonder just how much they will change.”
“It really has an effect on the club as a whole.”
“But the most important thing in a football club is what happens on the pitch. Get it right on the pitch and everything goes right.”
“I would like to think that the club, whether it’s the current owner, or a new owner, will carry it forward.”
“They got promotion and they did well to do that, but now they have to build,”
“People talk about needing £50M to spend, that’s nothing now sadly.” “Look at Manchester United, they spent £89M on one player.”
“You have to get your scouts, they have to be top-notch and they have to find the talent.”
“Leicester City did it and Newcastle have to do the same thing.”
That’s an excellent point about Leicester City because they didn’t spend a fortune like Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs to win the Premier League.
They had a good experienced manager and several very good players, and that’s the route Rafa can take to make Newcastle great again.
Once we are in the upper half of the table, it will also be a lot easier for Rafa to attract better players.
If only we can survive this season and hopefully starting winning some games now.
One last point – Amanda – where are you?