Lifelong Newcastle fan and a player under managerial greats (and Sam Allardyce!) Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, Robbie Elliott says that if United are relegated, the current team aren’t good enough to make an instant return.

The former Newcastle defender says that the current squad lacks leaders, with a player who’ll be facing them tomorrow, Kevin Nolan, at the forefront of that.

One positive that Robbie does come up with for tomorrow’s game against West Ham, is that at least Andy Carroll is missing, with Elliott believing he would have been guaranteed at least a goal or two when playing the second worst defence in the Premier League.

Robbie Elliott speaking to Talksport:

“I honestly don’t think that with this squad of players, that we (Newcastle) would get back up – not at the first go anyway.

“Last time we had a much better squad and a team with some leaders, Kevin Nolan was the main one, plus we had players that knew what the club was about.”

No vote of confidence:

“At this moment in time, I wouldn’t have confidence with the players we have, in terms of bouncing straight back.”

“I played under Sam for a few years and he will do his utmost to win what looks to be his last game as a West Ham manager.”

Just as well Andy Carroll isn’t playing:

“Obviously the fact that what happened with him at Newcastle adds to that, you have also got Nolan coming back who did very well for Newcastle, so there are a lot of things that could come back and haunt the club.

“I am just glad Andy Carroll is out injured at the minute because that was a guaranteed goal or two.”