It will be interesting to see what happens next season at Newcastle United, according to Peter Beagrie.

The Sky Sports pundit is one of the many who is now speculating as to what happens next, with the promotion button finally having been pressed.

Beagrie says that Mike Ashley now has to match the ambition of Rafa Benitez.

That the Manager has delivered on his first job of getting Newcastle straight back up, securing automatic promotion on 88 points with two matches still left to go.

Peter Beagrie names three players who he thinks can be key next season, with Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle all fit for purpose in the to division.

However, the former Middlesbrough and Sunderland player thinks that even though some other players ‘have covered themselves in glory’ this season in the second tier, the bottom line is that there is a ‘chasm to the Premier League’.

Straight after the 4-1 win over Preston, Alan Shearer said much the same, that you ‘can’t be loyal and give all the players a chance’ in the Premier League who got you promoted.

Peter Beagrie believes that it is a case now of Rafa Benitez saying ‘I’ve done what you asked me to do, now back me so we can have a really good go next year’ in the Premier League.

If the money is there, can Newcastle United attract the quality of players needed to make that step next season?

The Sky Sports pundit thinks that with one key ingredient it will happen..’With Rafa Benitez at the club they will’.

Peter Beagrie talking to Sky Sports:

“Rafa Benitez has done what he stayed to do and it will be interesting to see what happens next year.

“The club will have to massively match his ambition – they will have to spend a huge amount of money.

“They have showed they can do that, although they have balanced the books, because this squad is not good enough for the Premier League.

“The top players are, that’s lots of them that are, but he needs to bolster that squad and it will be an even greater achievement for Rafa to get a mid-table position next year in the Premier League.

“It will be a case of, ‘I’ve done what you asked me to do, now you back me so we can have a really good go next year’.

“Three key players, Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie. They will certainly feature.

“For all the other players the jury will be out. Even some of the players that have covered themselves in glory with some starring performances this year. That’s the chasm to the Premier League.

“Will they be able to attract those kinds of players? With Rafa Benitez at the club they will.”



  • Leicester Mag

    Fantastic we have been promoted but this was always going to be the first (very important) step. I don’t think this assessment is that far from reality, though I’d consider Hayden to be good enough and potentially Elliot. The harsh reality is unlike the 2 previous promotions we don’t have a competitive team as we go up. Will Ashley back Rafa or gamble again? who knows – the track record is not great – we’ll find out soon. Listening to Quinn on Talksport this morning he’s not far off in saying if he mucks this up and Rafa walks there will be a lynching.

    • Leazes Ender

      The next most important step could be the sale of the club…. its time for Ashley to leave ,the state of Qatar is reportedly weighing up purchasing a Premier League club and rumours of Chinese interest refuse to disappear. Ashley would demand a high price but it would be best for everyone.

      • nevfur

        You feeling generous, first comment from you for a while to not leave me wanting to slash my wrists lol

  • Geordie-7676

    He is way out saying only 3 players are definitely good enough. Elliot is good enough, Mbemba is good enough, Clark is good enough, Lascelles is good enough (But not as captain), Yedlin is good enough (Still young and improving), Hayden is good enough to compete with mid-table, Mitrovic played in the right system is good enough, Perez is good enough (Whether he performs to his potential is the real question).

    We need to clear out Gouff, Diame, Colback, Dummett (But could keep as a squad player) Anita (same as dummett, but i would rather see him leave with a thank you and best wishes), Haidara.

    Realistic targets? …………….

    • Burt Humperdink

      I agree with some of those but you need players like Dummett and Anita in your squad. You’re never going to get 20 star players and These two played in the same team that finished 10th which would be a good result for our first season back in the prem.

      I would have offered Gouffran a 2 year extension based on 1st half of the season, but he drifted second half as he did the lest season he played really well for us and at 31 it’s time to say goodbye.

      • Leazes Ender

        No you don’t! Dummett and Anita you are kidding?

        • Burt Humperdink

          Yes you do Anita is a tidy little player who can play multiple roles and even pops up with 1-2 goals per season.

          • Leazes Ender

            What were you watching…..he’s the little one who got skinned all night.

          • Burt Humperdink

            Everyone has bad games Anita is generally pretty decent. We already have to get rid of Gamez, Haidara and Lazaar it would be mad to also get rid of one of our other potential full backs and I would rather see Colback go as def midfield before Anita.

          • Leazes Ender

            I would say he’s too small with not enough product…. don’t start me on Colback.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Anita over the last 5 yrs has not been good enough he has a few decent games & thats` it. the quality isn`t there

          • hetonmag

            Correct I thought he was playing CM at times

      • Geordie-7676

        Agreed that you need decent squad players, and with Dummett i do think we should keep him. The problem with Anita is whilst he reads the game well, he is too lightweight. He is out of contract in June, and at 28 years old, offering him a new contract will keep him at the club with no sale value down the line.

        We have Jamie Sterry, who as a squad player is ready to step up. At 21 this is his opportunity – especially when you consider that historically big vurn hasnt exactly been flavour of the month with the fans over his 5 years here.

        Whilst i do think we could keep Dummett, again, he only has a year to run on his contract, and i dare say that a championship club may be willing to offer around the 5-6 million mark for him….i would take that all day and replace with a younger like for like!

        • GToon

          Anita was horrendous last night. He jogged back and didn’t put the bloke under pressure for their goal and got left miles behind for their other chance that Elliott saved. Very poor.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Hayden will i think be Ok in the premiership & Mbemba
    Lascelles is way out of his depth in the premiership he can barely hold his own in the championship

    • Damon Horner

      PFA team of year though! 😅

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I have a Dream, that one day the Fat F@@ka will sell up !
    Tomorrow would be fine

    • Leazes Ender

      It’ll come out of the blue…. hopefully Qatar.

  • Wor Monga

    The idea of there being a great chasm from the Championship to the PL is a myth…it’s maybe getting wider now as the TV money improves, but the real chasm is breaking into the top 4 and staying there…above 10th is a hard enough task, but anywhere down from there is achievable with a good manager, and players who want the club to succeed, and not just use it as a stepping stone to better themselves…

    …Look at the PL table as it stands now the gap between WBA 8th and Arsenal 7th is a massive 13pts yet from Swansea 18th to WBA 8th is only 13 pts…there are 2 ‘leagues’ there (not counting the 2 ‘deadleg’ clubs at the bottom)…most of the clubs from 18th up to 10th have been promoted in recent years and have stayed up without relying on huge investment unless they have sold players…

    …We now have the right manager, and character throughout the squad and I can see no reason that with another 3 or 4 good additions to the first team this summer to stop us competing at the higher end of the 2nd PL tier next season…Give Rafa another 2 more windows, and IMO we could be about ready to cross the first gap, and then challenge the top 7!!!

    • Leazes Ender

      Wrong….. there is an almighty chasm, but the greatest chasm is in the PL with the Euro placed teams….

      You do have the certainty of a psychopathic cyclist heading towards a precipice and believing that your new set custard break blocks have been fitted correctly.

      You are truly a madman.

  • Natturner26

    I’ve now heard three pundits speak on how many of our players are fit for the premier league. Their answers ranged from three to four. That really shows how idiotic pundits are. We need some serious investment in the squad but surely not 19 to 20 new players in order to have success next season. We’re currently arguably better than we were the last few seasons in the upper tier and are loaded with solid squad players. To my mind what we need to buy are a few players that are a cut above, players that are too good for the championship. The only problem is that they do not come cheap!

    • Leazes Ender

      You Are defining success as tenth place here aren’t you?

      • Natturner26

        I honestly can’t see us winning a European spot next season but you never know! It would be an incredible feat to accomplish a second rollicking return to the premiership.

  • Cuh736

    Absolute nonsense. Darlow, Clark, Yedlin, Anita, Lascelles especially, Dummett, Hayden, Atsu, Mitrovic, Perez, Gouffran… All good enough for the prem for me. I’ll change my mind when Benitez or maybe some other proven manager says otherwise.

    What we need is additions, and maybe some sales too. But I won’t be taking advice from analysts who don’t give a shot about Newcastle

  • Lord

    I think he forgot the we are due Rivière back. That’ll be like a new signing.

  • Robert Doyle

    Yedlin warrants keeping, although not without some competition perhaps.