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Graeme Souness says it is obvious what Rafa Benitez needs to do at Newcastle

5 years ago

It is arguable whether Kenny Dalglish or Graeme Souness did most damage when at Newcastle United.

Both of them dismantled great teams that had been assembled by Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson respectively.

However, Graeme Souness probably gets top billing due to overseeing arguably the most disastrous transfer period in Newcastle’s history, with Luque, Owen and Boumsong arriving for a combined  £40m…and remember, this was at 2005 prices 12 years ago!

Despite his failings, the former Newcastle boss is never out of the media and has been talking about what needs to happen at Newcastle if/when they are promoted.

Souness warns that Newcastle United, or indeed any club who are promoted now, will be relegated if not investing after promotion from the Championship.

He thinks everybody connected with Newcastle United knows that ‘major investment’ is needed this summer but as always there are worries about one person in that transfer process.

Graeme Souness says that all will become clear this summer about Rafa Benitez’ ‘relationship’ with Mike Ashley, when it comes to whether the NUFC owner will back him properly in this next vital transfer window.

Souness also was asked about who is going to be dropping out of the top division and has no doubts that Sunderland are nailed on to be one of the three.

Graeme Souness talking to the Sporting Life:

“I think any club coming up needs to invest in new players. Otherwise you will go straight back down to where you came from.

“Newcastle have enjoyed a good season in the Championship but everyone connected with the club would say that they need to make major investment or it will be very difficult next season.

“You can only speculate (how much money will be made available to spend) and the manager’s (Rafa’s) relationship with the owner (Mike Ashley) will come out in the wash this summer.”

British v Foreign Coaches:

“I’ve worked abroad and they (foreign coaches) don’t know any more than we do.

Right now in our leagues there are lots of foreign owners who are choosing not to go British.

“I find that sad because we’ve got some very good young coaches who aren’t getting the chance.

“People will accuse me of doing the exact same thing as I got the chance to work abroad and I took it.

“It’s just sad that British coaches don’t get as much opportunity as people from the continent.”

Premier League relegation:

“My three to go down are Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Swansea.

“I think Hull have a wee bit more about them than Swansea. I’d be worrying if I was a Swansea supporter.

“Even when Mike Phelan was there I think Hull were showing something. Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do at any level, especially the Premier League. Hull have a goal in them whereas Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Swansea don’t.”


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