Phil Neville has given a damning verdict on Newcastle United.
The BBC pundit was reacting to comments from Alan Shearer after the 3-2 home defeat to Leicester City.
Alan Shearer was at the match and spoke for pretty much every Newcastle fan when saying ‘Nowhere near good enough Newcastle United today. Sell our club Mr Ashley to someone who wants to be here before it’s too late again’.
In his absence, Phil Neville was on Match of The Day duties and when Shearer’s comments were put to him, he said he totally agreed.
Neville stating that if there somebody wanting to buy the club, Mike Ashley needs to sell as soon as possible and ‘let the club move on’.
He says it is imperative that the sale happens quickly so Rafa Benitez can get some essential extra quality into the team.
However, Phil Neville says it is ‘not one or two’ players that Newcastle need, but ‘four or five players of Premier League quality’.
His brutal overview of the team as it stands is that they will definitely be relegated because it is a team full of ‘Championship players’.
‘I think what he (Alan Shearer) is trying to say is (for Ashley to) sell it (Newcastle United) before January because if Newcastle don’t strengthen in January, they will get relegated.
“That team has got Championship quality, Championship players, and they need to strengthen.
“They need to bring in four or five players, not one or two, four or five players of Premier League quality.
“You know you are thinking ‘Have we got a bid at the moment?’, well if so, sell it and let the club move on.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle United 2 Leicester 3
Newcastle: Joselu 4, Gayle 73
Leicester: Mahrez 20, Gray 60, Perez OG 86
Possession was Leicester 62% Newcastle 38%
Total shots were Leicester 13 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leicester 5 Newcastle 6
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy (Perez 71), Joselu (Mitrovic 88) Gayle
Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame
Crowd: 52,117 (Leicester 3,000)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after the defeat HERE)
(Alan Shearer sends message to Mike Ashley after final whistle, read HERE)