Graeme Souness has been talking about his old club and says Rafa Benitez is frustrated with the transfer situation and the club have to buy better players.

Souness believes that the jump is so big from the Championship and that unless further, better, signings are made, Newcastle will be back in the second tier next season.

The former Newcastle boss says Newcastle have a passionate demanding support and he is really surprised ‘there has been so little action so far’ on the transfer front.

There has been a mixed reaction from Newcastle fans as Rafa/Newcastle now have four new first team players, once Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy are formally announced.

Everybody understands the need for Rafa Benitez to build a squad, not just a starting eleven, but none of the four new players look certainties to be starters when the season kicks off.

One or two of them may start against Tottenham and certainly supporters will expect Jacob Murphy to have an impact over the course of the season, likewise they will hope Lejeune will make the transition from a decent La Liga season last year.

With Atsu and Manquillo, they look more likely to be on the bench.

So overall, whilst I don’t like Graeme Souness, I do also believe and expect two or three more proven, almost certainly more expensive, signings to arrive in the coming weeks – and that they are definitely needed.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that Newcastle would be certain to be relegated without more players added but I think it would very likely be a case of looking towards the bottom six and hoping to not be one of the bottom three of those clubs.

As for Souness, I think he lost his right to talk about Newcastle United and transfers, after the disastrous moves he made, along with Freddie Shepherd.

It is 12 years ago (August 2005) now since Souness signed Michael Owen and Albert Luque for a combined £27m, only four months after the equally terrible purchase of Boumsong for £8m.

That was £35m shelled out 12 years ago for three players who proved a total liability for Newcastle and only a very small fraction of those fees was ever recovered, never mind the cash wasted on wages.

Rafa Benitez has stated that he is bringing in players to do a job and that he is not claiming he is signing top class Premier League players. The fact that his quarter of signings so far will come in at around £32m in this current transfer market, only goes to prove that you can’t expect miracles from the signings already agreed this summer.

Graeme Souness speaking to Talksport:

“Rafa Benitez is frustrated with the situation.

“I think Newcastle have to buy players.

“It’s a big football club with a passionate support who are demanding.

“I don’t believe the group that they have will be good enough to survive in the Premier League, the jump is enormous.

“I am surprised there has been so little action so far.”



  • Scottpaige

    Souness couldn’t button Rafas suit up……. how can this clown judge Rafa. Get back in your sky chair T*t

  • TC Toon Army

    The only struggle we will indure is watching this guy on the telly next season.

  • TheFatController

    Why is he surprised there’s not been more activity? Every club is waiting for the big name signings they want to make, barring Lukaku And a few others.

    If Sanchez, Sigurdson, and the like haven’t gone, it’s proof the market is not moving, as its clear they’re leaving their clubs.

    So given few have signed big money yet, I’d suggest his surprise shows he’s not really in touch with the current market. Some pundit !

  • Grahame Johnson

    No point having a opinion on Souness as his opinions tend to be facts in his own heed

  • Desree

    one of the best managers ever, if you’re a rangers fan.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Yeah, Graeme,you’re right we do need to sign players, but thank the Lord you’re not picking them.

  • ross richardson

    Wasn’t he the [email protected] that signed Boumsong???? And he thinks his opinion is valid????

  • Paul Patterson

    Just look at the side you built AND nearly got relegated, before you start spouting rubbish . .

  • Keeganontherebound

    That squad would certainly go down if it was managed by Souness.

    • Geordiegiants

      So would Barca.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Here’s a one from the archives( John Gibson the ‘heed chairman writing it) and this goes to show that Boumsong and Luque were relatively good Sounness signings.

    Ali Dia remains probably the worst signing British football has ever witnessed.

    And I was the chairman who dared sign him immediately after he had duped former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness!

    Yep, it was like having a front row seat at a Mr Bean convention.

    The year was 1996 and Souness was in charge of Southampton when he received a mysterious phone call from a man poporting to be the one-time FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, a footballing superstar.

    ‘George’ told a gullible and excited Souness that he might like to cast his gaze over his cousin, a Paris St Germain striker who had won international caps with Senegal.

    In the days before YouTube, where a routine spot check is enough to tell someone all they need to know about a potential purchase, a personal recommendation from one of the game’s greats was enough to make Souness go all gooey.

    He didn’t want to lose out on a gem lobbed into his lap by accident and therefore, instead of offering Dia a trial, he dived in to tie him down on a one-month contract.

    Time enough for the new Matt Le Tissier to prove his Weah credentials in the Premier League.

    Unfortunately for Souness and Southampton the phone call was a great big fake. The suggestion was it came from Dia himself, or at least one of his pals.

    Ali had never played for Senegal, wasn’t on the books of PSG, wasn’t George Weah’s cousin, and had only turned out for a few unheard-of French clubs plus one in Germany.

    So the fact that Dia pulled on a Southampton shirt during a Premier League game against Leeds United must rank as one of the most bizarre happenings the game has ever witnessed, and a lasting embarrassment to a former European Cup winner, the man who picked him.

    Saints legend Le Tissier revealed that Dia trained only once with the first-team squad, showing as much Premier League skill in a five-a-side game as a guy with his feet tied together. Not one member of the Southampton team thought Dia would ever be involved in a match-day squad.

    Imagine their surprise, then, when Souness named his new Senegalese international on the bench for a crunch match with Leeds.

    After Le Tissier pulled a thigh muscle during the game, the number 33 went up on the fourth official’s board, signalling that Dia would be introduced for his debut. One superstar off, one on!

    What happened next was excruciatingly embarrassing for everyone who witnessed it. Dia ran around like Bambi on ice and a short while later the substitute was substituted as Souness realised his terrible, terrible mistake, hauling Dia off to be replaced by Ken Monkou.

    • Lord

      Hilarious! Any stories about Joe Kinnear we can chuckle at over our morning coffee?

      • Leazes Ender

        Ashley got drink in a pub and told him to get himself up to Newcastle, and turn em into Wimbledon of the Norf, omitting to tell anyone at Newcastle he turned up and announced his own appointment and greatness. not terribly funny.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Great share. Life must be so much easier when you can coast through it without any shame like Sourness. It’s not that he doesn’t have a valid point, although I don’t agree that we are relegation certainties, but the front of the bloke spouting off like he has all the answers when actually he’s thick as mince.

      • Haitchdee

        Souness having the neck to comment made me chuckle. The Southampton story made laugh out loud. Your Thick as mince comment reduced me to tears of joy. Don’t think I’ll stop grinning for the rest of the day. Spot on.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    There’s nowt like stating the obvious !
    It wouldn’t be Sourness though if he wasn’t still bitter about his sacking from the club and offering one of his way wide of the mark opinions on Newcastle United.
    This coming from a failed manager who’s only real moment of glory during what passes for a career came in the form of hooliganism by sticking a Galatasaray flag in the centre circle of The Saracoglu.

  • Lord

    The one downside of getting promoted – we return to the vacuous punditry of Messrs. Souness, Merson and Owen.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Not a great fan of Souness, but this is a welcome shot of realism.

    • Lhc

      Spot on!

  • Simon Ritter

    Is this the same G Souness who told the world Spuds wasted nearly all the money they had collected from selling Bale to Real Madrid? The only signing he rated was Soldado, who soon turned out to be probably their worst recruit. Meanwhile, Spurs went on to play attractive football and challenge twice for the title. Souness talks the talk but was a miserable failure at SJP. And he still whinges that the supporters are “demanding”. Can somebody please put a baby’s dummy in his mouth and secure it with gaffer tape!

    • Leazes Ender

      Which bit didn’t you like?

  • 1957

    Souness was such a good manager that when he was sacked we were in 14th or 15th, potentially going down. Glenn Roeder managed to motivate the same players to get to 7th in the league in 3 months and a couple of years later some sports paper named him Worst Football Manager.

    Sky’s standard of football pundit really is exceptional.

    • Soldier

      the point is though, is he wrong ?

      • ToonNL

        I would be surprised if it was more than a sky talking point with him being fed lines. no right or wrong just agenda

        • Soldier

          I`m afraid the guy`s right

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ll bet you £10 he’s wrong and we stay up

          • Geordiegiants

            I hate to agree with Fleckman, but we will not go down.

    • 1957

      Souness that is not Roeder

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yeah,and Sounness took the reins from SBR who’d finished fourth,third and fifth.

  • Soldier

    Not popular in Newcastle but is he wrong, of the players bought to date only Murphy will start, so like him or not he has a point

  • East Durham Mag

    ….. and thats why clubs are begging you to return to management Graeme! Dry up your just another kn*b with an axe to grind.

  • Rich Lawson

    He’s an old school thug,quite apart from his woeful managing,I have never forgotten his attempt to cripple Keegan in the first few minutes of the KK testimonial,going straight thru him on the halfway line.He hasn’t had a decent job for years and can talk with no authority about how Rafa feels (doubt he has him on speed dial)

    • 1957

      Some of us will never forget the shin high lunge on Tommy Craig for Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park that reportedly split Tommy’s shin pad in half

      • Rich Lawson

        Yes,I never think of him as a player,he’s the pi##ed up bloke at the bar on a saturday night spoiling for an argument and hiding in the car park for you afterward.

  • TheNutJob

    Got no time for the man but as a player i`d have him in my team anytime

    • Scottpaige

      He was a thug and a bully on the pitch not a hard man. Keane was the same.

      • TheNutJob

        we`ve had a few of them

        • Scottpaige

          No doubt we have haha. But he’s still a Kn*b

  • Geordie-7676

    I would like to know how exactly he knows that Rafa is frustrated.

    He states it as if he has had personal discussions with him, which i could never believe.

    Rafa wouldn’t give the bloke the time of day in my opinion other than professional courtesy.

  • Da Ca

    Funny how souness never mentions why he received a£30,000 ebt off rangers when we bought boumsong off them for a unbelievable price

  • Mrkgw

    Bloke seemingly always bitter towards us but, he has a point and the lack of signings is diabolical.

  • Wor Monga

    It’s all been said on here, but Sky must be as hard up for PL football pundits, as they are in the Championship to put him up front…nobody would touch him as a club manager after his embarrassing time up here, with us…

    …he made a living in management off his time at Rangers, all I can say is Celtic must have been really, really bad at that time!!!

  • Mxpx

    My view is its easier to stay in the premiership than it is to get promoted to it so I think talks of relegation are unrealistic we haven’t really lost anyone from the promoted squad other than vurnon Anita and yoan goufran who have both already been replaced with what appears to be upgrades I’d suggest that the most important position to fill is cm but even with what we have I think we can survive but as we know just aiming to survive is a terrible idea

    • HarryHype59

      Ahem…Two of the three promoted teams Boro and Hull were relegated after one season last year. Getting promoted is one thing staying in the top flight is another.

  • magpiefifer

    I can’t stand Souness – and his signings for us speak for themselves,so he has no room to carp at current signings.
    However, I can’t disagree with him,and we need more PL proven quality in the squad for what will be a tough season ahead.Is Rafa depending on a good fee for Mitro to have funding for a bigger signing!?

  • Taz

    The blokes a tw @ that’s so far up his own ar $e his whole world must stink of sheeeite!!

  • HarryHype59

    He was a terrible manager for us But! I think he is making a valid point. The club needs to bring in at least three good quality EPL quality players including someone capable of scoring 15 EPL goals a season minimum. They won’t be cheap and will cost more than the “ones for the future” and “shirt fillers ” signed to date.

    • only2ameobis

      if I just raise that limit by one goal to 16 goals a season minimum, the players who achieved that in the PL last season were: King, Hazard, Ibra, Alli, Costa, Aguero, Sanchez, Lukaku, Kane. Barring King who may be a one season wonder, the price/wages of one of any of these players or players of the same calibre from other leagues is totally out of our league. You need to accept that any striker we buy will be a gamble, as will most of the players we buy.

      • HarryHype59

        It won’t be easy finding a player(s) who can score more than twelve to fifteen a season in the EPL. It is however a prerequisite to our survival in the top flight. Big money will have to spent on a player who can score. Otherwise we are next years Boro.

  • MadMag83

    Utter tosh as usual from him. But I would defend him to a point on his own signings, Owen would have proved a good signing were it not for his injury and Luque had the talent but didn’t get enough of a chance under Roeder.

  • Paul Busby

    In for a tough season and unlikely to escape a relegation fight… Sure. Certain to be relegated… No.

    Look at how close the table was last year right the way up to like 10th! It’s gunna be a tough year regardless of what we do, at least we’re doing something.

  • Geordiegiants

    Why is this pr’ck even mentioned on here. I hold him in the same esteem as Jabba, a total f’cking scum bag.

  • Leazes Ender

    With the Fourteenth most valuable squad the bookies have us finishing eleventh….. but as someone pointed out its the punters who deem the odds implying that Geordie over-optimism is bending things a little.

    With a club like this if you aim low you hit lower…. because without ambition a downward spiral sets in.

    It isn’t good enough.