Mike Williamson spent 6 seasons at Newcastle and made 197 appearances for the club. He’s currently managing Gateshead in the National League North.
The center-back spoke to the Chronicle recently about the pending takeover of Newcastle United.
Like many fans, he’s noticed a trend in the lofty links of world-class stars since the agreement to sell Newcastle was reached in April.
However, the 36-year-old hopes the new ownership group takes a sensible approach to build Newcastle into a powerhouse. Rather than trophy signings, he wants to see money invested into the infrastructure to ensure a solid foundation for the club to build on.
This is some of Mike’s thoughts on Newcastle under the prospective new owners:
“There’s going to be a list as long as your arm of things to do to get the club to where everyone wants it to be.
“For me, it’s investing in the infrastructure, the academy, getting a new training ground, and really rewarding people who have been working relentlessly behind the scenes without much credit.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fantastic people who have everyday given their heart and soul for not much reward financially or in the press. For me, I would definitely want to take care of that side of things and build from there.
“The worst thing you can do is go out and sign all these superstars just to get the fans on your side, and not put the foundations in place first.
“I would love to go to St James’ Park and watch some of these superstars being linked. But for me, you need to put the foundations in and build it from there, so it’s a sustainable and successful club.”
Williamson knows all about Newcastle after his time on Tyneside. We wholeheartedly agree that a lot of the focus should be on the facilities to get this club up to snuff.
There is a solid core with the playing squad that can be built upon each transfer window. Bringing in the right players who fit into a team ethic rather than big names is the sensible path to take.