Graeme Souness has been talking about the problems at Newcastle United.
When even he is accepting of what a joke the club is under Mike Ashley’s ownership, you know things are bad.
As we all know, Michael Owen is still the record NUFC signing, dating back to when Graeme Souness was manager in 2005.
Souness says about this fact: ‘It tells you that they have not had the investment that a club of that size, and with the turnover they have…they should have done better in the transfer market.’
As an example of a club who are embarrassing Mike Ashley with the realistic ambition they are showing, Graeme Souness picks out Bournemouth.
The one-time useless NUFC Manager declaring ‘It sounds mad Bournemouth outspending Newcastle United but that again tells its own story….’
As examples, in summer 2017 Bournemouth spent £20m on defender Nathan Ake, then over £25m on defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma this past transfer window.
The south coast club gradually building their team/squad and improving the quality.
Compare that to this summer at St James Park, Rafa Benitez was only allowed to bring in a £2m loan striker AND to do this had to agree Dwight Gayle going in the other direction, even though Rafa wanted him to stay.
Graeme Souness speaking to Sky Sports:
“I think Newcastle United will just stay up.
“It is a hard place to play when you’re not playing well, to keep wanting the ball even when you’re a goal down.
“If you were in the same position at a Bournemouth or Leicester, in less of a football city, it would be easier for them.
“That is my worry for them, the boys up there are playing under extreme pressure, and when you are bottom of the league it is compounded several times.
“I think it is panic stations for Newcastle now, conceding goals and not scoring goals takes you to only one place.
“I have been manager there and it is a big passionate football club.
“I think a lot of the frustration is not borne out of this season or last season, it goes back decades, the last trophy was 1968, but every time you turn up there it’s a full stadium.
“The supporters are crying out for success and I just think it’s compounded by the ownership issue this time around, the lack of investment.
“I think it would be far easier being a dog fight at a lesser club, there’s not so much pressure on you.
“It will be difficult for them but they’ve got a run of games coming up now where they could gain a lot of points and take some pressure off them.
“We’re not even in November yet but I fear they’re going to be in a dog fight right through to the very end.
“That (Michael Owen in 2005 still being NUFC’S record transfer) tells it’s own story – given the inflation in football as well.
“It tells you that they have not had the investment that a club of that size, and with the turnover they have…they should have done better in the transfer market.
“I think my hometown club Bournemouth do well on a limited budget, it sounds mad Bournemouth outspending Newcastle United but that again tells its own story….
“It isn’t impossible to do well in the Premier League without spending hundreds of millions of pounds but you do have to invest, and if you are not investing, you’re standing still (and in reality going backwards).”