Shay Given has been chatting about the challenges facing Newcastle in the short-term, as well as real potential of exciting times just around the corner.
After only one win in the past two months, the NUFC legend says there is very real worries if form doesn’t pick up.
Shay Given wonders if the potential takeover is having an impact and worries that it won’t come soon enough to allow this season to be safely negotiated.
If things do work out on the takeover front, then Given DOES believe that Newcastle can then move on from the Mike Ashley era, with the sky the limit.
The former keeper insists that over a period of time Newcastle United can get back to Champions League football and competing at the very top – but it all hinges on ambitious new owners managing to get control from Ashley.
Colin Murray talking on Yahoo Sport with Shay Given & Dion Dublin:
“Winless in November, is it about Newcastle finding their place, or are you worried?”
“I would say I’m worried.
“They have only won one game in two months, that’s relegation material if in the next two months they only win one more game.
“I don’t know if it is all the takeover talk sidetracking the players, or the management, or the whole city.
“I have been up there recently and the fans are just desperate for this new takeover to come in.
“Hopefully Rafa will get money in January – new money in the club.”
“What about the fans?
“The fans are there every week, black and white everywhere, and what are they getting back?”
“Not much at the minute, not much if anything.
“I was at the Watford game and the fans all enthusiastic…its was 3-0 and it could have been five or six.
“It is a real concern – they are really struggling.”
“When you go and play at Newcastle as an away player, they give the furthest away spot for away fans, stuck right in the gods.
“So you can’t hear your fans at all, so it is just black and white Newcastle noise non-stop. Very intimidating.”
“People are maybe forgetting that this team came up from the Championship and didn’t spend anything like what they needed to spend.
“Which is a familiar story obviously.”
“My concern is that it is December and how quick is this (takeover) going to happen.
“Is it going to happen for January, or is it not?
“Has Rafa got two sets of targets – targets Mike Ashley might afford him to buy, or bigger targets the new investors would?”
“I have said before with Ashley, he has spent money when you would have expected him maybe not to and hasn’t spent money at the obvious times.
“The season after just missing top four – didn’t spend money.
“Coming back into Premier League – didn’t spend money.
“What is the potential of the club?”
“When I was there it was Champions League football and we were challenging for the Premier League.
“I think that is where Newcastle should be, back up there at the top of the division.
“I know it is not going to happen overnight and will take a couple of years…but the size of the club – St James Park is the heartbeat of the city.”