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‘Newcastle United are the Manchester United of the Championship’

5 years ago

Newcastle United are the Manchester United of the second tier according to Neil Redfearn.

The former Leeds boss says that Newcastle are a ‘big fish’ in the second tier.

The summer saw NUFC spend more money on new signings than their rivals and Newcastle are guaranteed to pull in more fans and more money than any of the other 23 Championship clubs.

Redfearn says that the ‘acid test’ was what happened in the summer and whether Mike Ashley persuaded Rafa Benitez to stay, by accepting he had to give him control of transfers and a proper budget to do the job.

The one-time Leeds chief has though also praised the transfer strategy of Rafa Benitez.

Whilst some have accused Newcastle of simply trying to ‘buy the Championship’, he insists that it is clear that Rafa is also building a squad for the future, not just in terms of ability but also  the average age of the 12 signings in the summer.

Neil Redfearn speaking to Radio Yorkshire:

“For Newcastle it  is a totally different atmosphere because what they are, is a big fish.

“Newcastle United are the Manchester United, the Chelsea, the Liverpool, of the Championship.

“The acid test was when they went down and gave him (Rafa Benitez) backing.

“If you look at Newcastle United’s recruitment, they have basically recruited players who are good enough to play in the Premier League.

“They’ve come into this division to get out of it but they’ve also built a group of players who are good enough if they go up.

“They are young enough as well, you can tell they  have looked at the average age of the players that they have brought in.”


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