Dean Saunders says that there is no better club you could play for than Newcastle United, when they are winning…

The former assistant to Graeme Souness when he was mismanaging Newcastle in the days before Mike Ashley got his chance to do it as owner, Saunders regularly commented (see below) on the situation at St James Park in the lead up to the season.

Having warned of the dire need for more investment in quality players, Dean Saunders says that Rafa Benitez will be more than aware of what the club’s owner will be thinking.

The BT Sport pundit says that Rafa will be now thinking about Mike Ashley and his minions ‘I hope they don’t think that is me done and that we have enough – we still need players and we are papering over the cracks at the moment’.

The three victories in a row have given everybody connected to Newcastle United a massive lift but you would have to be pretty naive to think that this current team/squad is still not desperately in need of strengthening in January to ensure this season doesn’t flirt with danger.

Dean Saunders speaking to BT Sport:

“What a club Newcastle is when they are winning.

“You can’t play for a better club when it is winning.

“But knowing Rafa, he will be thinking ‘I hope they (Mike Ashley and his minions) don’t think that is me done and that we have enough – We still need players and we’re papering over the cracks at the moment’.“

Dean Saunders – 10 August 2017:

“Newcastle are a massive club with fifty thousand people there queuing up to get in, another ten thousand outside the ground.

“The fans think they should be in the top four or five.

“That is what the fans want.

Rafa Benitez looked like the man to take them there…but money talks.

“Unless something happens, he is the type of character that won’t stand for it.

“He has obviously been told ‘get us back up and when we get into the Premier League, we will challenge towards the top’.

“I don’t think he will be prepared to manage a team that is treading water in the Premier League.”

Dean Saunders – 5 August 2017:

“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.”