Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper says that he rates Steve McClaren as a coach but to have any chance at St James Park, he needs money to spend.

Harper claims that John Carver was always onto a loser with the squad he had last season and he now just hopes that Mike Ashley will allow some money to be spent.

With pre season training only six days away and the squad flying off to America in two weeks time, the clock is ticking.

The keeper now released by Hull, wants to see Newcastle back up in the top half of a table ‘where they belong’, rather than yet another relegation struggle.

Steve Harper talking to the Shields Gazette:

“He (Steve McClaren) needs backing first of all. John Carver was in there and I think with the squad available to him, it was very tough for him.

“They need to spend some money and by all accounts they are going to.”

Newcastle back where they belong?:

“A good football coach but he needs money to spend. Hopefully he can assemble a good staff and the owner and the board give him some money to spend.

“It would be great to see Newcastle back up in the top 10 where they belong.”

In his interview before the West Ham match, Mike Ashley said that he would ‘continue to invest’.

As Harper says, money needs to be spent but the question is, will it be a viable amount that will allow credible signings to be made?

Last summer’s transfer spend of over £30m was credible, up to a point, in isolation.

However, when you consider that in the last 18 months Newcastle have sold the likes of Cabaye, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon and Alan Pardew, for around £40m AND spent nothing in the other 3 of the last 4 transfer windows (and this one up to now!), then it is clear there is a massive need to properly invest in the squad this summer.