Previewing the season, Robbie Savage has chosen Newcastle United as one of the potential relegation candidates in the coming season.
Discussing all aspects of the current campaign, Savage was appearing on a panel for Breathe Sport, which also included Peter Reid, Ian Wright and former Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann.
The one-time Derby player says that he believes Steve McClaren is a good coach but can’t believe how his old club’s promotion campaign collapsed last season.
For much of the season The Rams looked as though they would go up as one of the top two clubs but then looked to have to settle for the play-offs.
Only for the season to really end on a sour note as the final day of the season saw Derby hammered 3-0 at home by Reading when they only needed a point to go into the end of season lottery which is the play-offs.
Robbie Savage mentioned last season being poor for Newcastle but that even with ‘£50m’ already spent, United could struggle.
Obviously Robbie Savage’s maths is about on the same level as his ability was on the football pitch, adding £14.5m (Wijnaldum), £12.5m (Mitrovic) and £7m (Mbemba) and making it £50m instead of £34m.
That £50m figure is though a more realistic one and Newcastle fans will be hoping for at least a couple of more signings to guard against more relegation worries, as predicted by our friend Mr Savage.
“They have made three signings and spent £50 million but I fear for Newcastle.
“Steve McClaren is a good coach but Derby should be in the Premier League – they were in control and finished in eighth.
“Newcastle had a poor season last year, they are a big club, with big expectations, and could struggle.”