David Ginola has revealed a five year plan which he says would put Newcastle United back on track.

The one-time mercurial winger says that struggling on year after year in the Premier League has done Newcastle no good and that relegation will be the making of the club…

Whilst clearly there is a need to sort the club out from top to bottom, especially in light of the appalling results of the reserves and academy, surely that would be best served by clinging onto a Premier League place.

David Ginola predicts that going down would automatically mean Rafa Benitez leaving, something that most supporters accept would almost certainly be the reality.

Ginola says that relegation would mean United could start again and get the Academy producing again, with a new manager in place for the next five years.

However, surely his argument has so many flaws in it.

Yes, the drop might be the making of the club but only if the right new manager is brought in, if Mike Ashley doesn’t have a fire sale, if Mike Ashley backs the new manager and gives him the freedom to improve the club at every level.

So many clubs have ended up in the Championship for years (Leeds, Forest etc), whilst others fall out the other end (Wolves, Wigan and possibly Fulham this season).

By far the best outcome this season would be for Newcastle to somehow stay up and Rafa Benitez then to be allowed to radically alter the club at every level.

David Ginola speaking to Talksport:

“I would like to see Newcastle stay in the Premier League but on the other hand, I think that going down to the Championship could be good for the club.

“They need to go back to scratch – they need to start all over again.

“For many years, Newcastle have been in a situation like this and at some stage they need to realise that things need to be dealt with properly.

“They have brought in Rafael Benitez but if they are relegated at the end of the season he will go.

“Who is going to be their next manager?

“So please Newcastle United….

“Let’s go down to the Championship.

“Let’s start again.

“Let’s have a manager for the next five years.

“Let’s work on the academy and bring some talents from the academy into the first-team.

“Forget about just trying to stay in the Premier League – if you do this (build from the Championship), you are going to be stronger over the next five years.”