Freddy Shepherd says that that Mike Ashley ‘has certainly got money’ but the question was whether he was going to let the club spend realistic amounts.
After Rafa Benitez confirmed he was staying on at St James Park, the former Newcastle Chairman thinks Ashley ‘has come to realise that the club needs money’.
Freddy Shepherd also talked of Rafa’s popularity, saying he was the most popular since Sir Bobby Robson, who Shepherd sacked in 2005.
As for what kind of players need to be brought in this summer, he thinks Newcastle definitely need strikers and a centre-back.
He also added that they need to be signings who ‘have seen it all and can do it’, so that hopefully rules out any more Luques or Boumsongs…
Freddy Shepherd speaking on Talksport:
“It is great news for the Geordies, the Geordies love it.
“They like him as well, so it is good news all round.
“It is great news for all the Geordies.
“The guy (Mike Ashley) has certainly got money, there’s no doubt about that.
“Whether he wanted to spend it in the club is entirely up to him but he has come to realise that the club needs money and he will certainly give it to them this season.
“I think they need to buy up front players and a centre-half as well.
“The supporters love Rafa Benitez and they hope for the best for him.
“I think he is the most popular manager since Sir Bobby Robson.
“They have done a great job in the Championship but for the Premier League you need some seasoned players who have seen it all and can do it.
“These young players are great but when you are in the Premier League you need proper seasoned players who can handle it.”