Dean Saunders is a bit of an expert when it comes to disastrous transfer windows at Newcastle United.
When Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and disastrously replaced by Graeme Souness (who was due to be sacked by Blackburn), Dean Saunders also moved from Blackburn becoming first team coach at Newcastle.
As right hand man to Souness, Saunders was on the spot as Sir Bobby’s team was ruthlessly dismantled and replaced by Albert Luque, Amdy Faye, Michael Owen, Emre, Celestine Babayaro, Craig Moore, Ronny Johnsen and Jean Alain Boumsong.
Souness and Saunders only lasted a year and a half but the damage they did was untold, with the only positive first team signings being the arrival of Scott Parker and the return of a then 30 year old Nobby Solano from Aston Villa.
Moving to the present day, Dean Saunders has given us the benefit of his expertise when it comes to what is happening at Newcastle this summer, or rather, not happening…
Saunders says that promises will have been made over transfer funds when Rafa Benitez agreed to stay after relegation 17 months ago.
Promises which Dean Saunders clearly feels aren’t been kept this summer.
As a result, the former Newcastle coach thinks everything points towards a ‘car crash coming at Newcastle’, as Rafa Benitez will reach a point where he can no longer put up with being starved of a decent and realistic transfer budget.
Hate to say it but unless you are a Newcastle fan hoping for the best, to a neutral the situation does look dire, compared to what we all expected would happen this summer – with such momentum after promotion.
Dean Saunders speaking on Talksport:
“The conversation when they appointed Rafa Benitez would have been:
‘Come and get us back up – we will give you a good contract.
‘When you do get us back up, we will let you spend THIS amount of money.’
“The problem is, that spending isn’t happening at the moment.
“Rafa Benitez, the way he is, he doesn’t mess around.
“There is a car crash coming at Newcastle.”