The former Burnley, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has praised the way Newcastle handled their promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 after being relegated the previous year.
Rafa Benitez was allowed to build a new team in the summer of 2016 that could get promoted from the Championship, and he brought in players like Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, and Ciaran Clark.
We lost top players like Gini Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Mousa Sissoko, and Daryl Janmaat but that’s what happens when you are relegated – the top players want to leave.
Owen Coyle – Newcastle are the best example of how to get promoted
Rafa had persuaded Mike Ashley to go for it (promotion) if Rafa stayed on board at the club – which he did.
And while that was a huge surprise it also clearly showed Rafa’s commitment to Newcastle United.
This is what Owen Coyle said today as reported in the Chronicle talking about relegation from the Premier League:
“I think Newcastle are the best example a few years ago.”
“When they went down, what they did was they reinvested in the squad.”
“Not necessarily at the time what looked like great Premier League players, but top Championship players.”
“Matt Ritchie, who’s gone on to be a good Premier League player. But boys they knew could get them back up.”
In fact, during that summer of 2016, if you look at the incoming and outgoing transfer fees, we made a profit of £30M.
Since we have been promoted, we’ve spent a couple of seasons fighting relegation.
But it looks like we could be safe this season with one other club still to be relegated along with Huddersfield and Fulham.
52-year-old Owen Coyle was appointed the manager of Scottish Premiership club Ross County on a two-year contract in September 2017, but the former striker resigned in March last year, with the club sitting bottom of the league.
Owen has managed 9 different football clubs.
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