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).”



  • Down Under Mag

    We aren’t just refusing to invest in new players, but have constantly refused to even attempt to hold on to our best players, cashing in and yet seeing very little (if any) of that money reinvested in the first team let alone facilities and academy setup. We are a joke from top to bottom right now.

    • Clarko

      ‘but have constantly refused to even attempt to hold on to our best players’

      Not true.

      • Wor Lass

        For once, I agree with you. Much as I hate the corpulent one, the accusation of selling everyone worth more than a fiver is overdone. Most of the players who went badly wanted to. Mind you, they wanted to because, under Cashley, the club has no ambition and isn`t worth staying at if you have serious dreams of winning anything.

        • Leazes.

          Buy to sell policy….

          ….players were bought and promised they could use United as a ‘stepping stone’…. you cant build a squad by undermining it, but there is nothing in place to build anything.

          • The buy to sell policy is not bad, but the way it’s done is. We should be looking at buying for 15-25M to sell for 30+, not buy for 5-10M! You only need to look at clubs like Sevilla and Roma for example which are a stepping stone for a lot of players but still win trophies, finish high in competitive leagues and always sell on massive profit to bigger clubs.
            Ashley’s model makes sense, but being cheap on proper talent and not having the proper facilities or coaches to develop them is the actual crime here.

        • Clarko

          ‘Mind you, they wanted to because, under Cashley, the club has no ambition and isn’t worth staying at if you have serious dreams of winning anything.’

          Do you not think that’s a little overdone as well?

          • Wor Lass

            No.

      • BanJones

        Only just “not true” – he gambles at the bottom end of the table knowing the highest earners will jump ship and he can cash in. All the while allowing the infrastructure to waste away or selling it. Assett stripping on the quiet is an artform.

    • DC1964

      I totally agree. Ashley snaffling the Mitro money being the latest example!

    • Leazes.

      Not only that but taking land from the Academy for a housing development.

  • Stephen

    Let’s say he decided to release some money in January
    Who is going to come?
    There are better options for players and clubs with genuine ambition

    • HarryHype59

      You have seen the flaw in Mike’s cunning plan!

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Not looking good at Sports Direct United formerly NUFC.

    No team in Premier League can just ‘exist’.

    As to pressure from Sourpuss. There is none. We expect nothing this season as we got nothing in terms of support on the transfer window. Players are trying their best but unfortunately theyve been squeezed dry last season.

  • Leazes.

    Incredible…. the average cost of players brought in by this regime is exactly the same NOW …. 12 years on from Graeme Souness…..despite inflation from SKY money!

    He’s made a cheaper product, with the same label on it.

    Despite what the competition is doing, selling it as the same product in isolation of its prime purpose to compete with other clubs!

  • Jorge

    I think that is the first time I have ever agreed with Souness. What a change for a pundit apart from Al telling the truth about the Toxic FCB.

  • Notts mag

    No Sh*t Sherlock the club under investing who would believe that????

    • Dave Pattinson

      Ha! 😂

  • robbersdog

    Decent pundit, awful manager. Sacking Sir Bobby and replacing him with Souness was a terrible decision.

  • Tweed Mag

    Good player, then made a fortune as a manager by getting the sack on a regular basis.