Robbie Elliott has said that Newcastle need a ‘clean break’ and a new manager, to give the club a chance of competing again.

He acknowledges that the easiest thing for Mike Ashley would be to keep John Carver in the job but doubts whether that would be right for the club.

The Newcastle fan and a player who appeared under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, says that getting the right person in charge of the team will also be the key factor in deciding whether United can keep their best players and attract others.

Elliott says that this an important time for the football club and that though this is a strange season we should be getting used to it by now.

Speaking to Perform, Robbie Elliott:

“I think it’s easier for Ashley to keep John in the role but I don’t know if that’s the right thing for the club.

“I feel we need a clean break and it’s a very difficult role. Look at the managers we’ve had over the years – how successful they have been at other clubs, then they come to Newcastle.”

A job with possibilities:

“You’d like to think it would be a job that interests a lot of people because of the possibilities.

“It might need a change of structure with how the owner wants to do it, that may prove a stumbling block, but it’s going to be a big summer and I think that will dictate a lot of whether players stay or go and who comes in.”

Strange season:

“You can say this is a strange season but I think this is how the last few have panned out.

“Obviously questions are being asked about upstairs and the investment but it’s down to the players and the staff to basically get on with it.”

Just waiting for the next drama:

 “It’s been very up and down. There’s always something going on at the club. When it’s quiet you’re just waiting for the next thing to happen.

“We’ve got an opportunity to hopefully have a good end to the season, players are playing for contracts and their futures really. It’s an important time for the club.”

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