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Danny Mills gives ‘expert’ opinion on what new Newcastle United owners now need to do

4 weeks ago
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Danny Mills has had some ‘interesting’ views on Newcastle United in the past.

Giving us his ‘expert’ opinion on a football club that he has absolutely no connection with.

Amongst his many classics in the past, Danny Mills has…

Warned Newcastle fans ‘to be careful what you wish for’ when wanting Mike Ashley to sell the club, claiming NUFC supporters could end up with an even worse owner and has Ashley really been that bad…

Another classic was to question ‘Do Newcastle fans wish they had treated Alan Pardew better?’ after he had gone to Palace.

Whilst when Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce between them had managed to produce St James Park crowds with as many as 10,000 empty seats, Mills thought it was a ‘masterstroke’ for the owner to give away 10,000 free season tickets to fill the gaps. Not for one moment wondering how the tens of thousands of paying season ticket holders would feel, or indeed if it was such a ‘masterstroke’, why didn’t every other football club, indeed any business, simply give away everything for free that they hadn’t been able to sell?

Then Danny Mills repeatedly declared his ‘respect’ for Steve Bruce, as the former NUFC Head Coach refused to leave until getting his (reported £8m) pay-off.

Danny Mills also regularly questioned ‘Who is going to do a better job?’ than Steve Bruce, totally ignoring the terrible record of 7 wins in his final 38 games, not a single victory in his last nine matches, as well as all kinds of horrific stats on number of goals conceded and loads of other measurements of failure.

This time, Danny Mills is giving the new Newcastle United owners some advice on how to make the club successful and in particular, what they should do in this upcoming January transfer window.

Media reports have detailed that supposedly the owners intend to have a budget available of £50m to spend in January 2022. Danny Mills confidently declaring that if Newcastle are in relegation trouble they will have far higher initial investment on signings than that. He also reckons that Newcastle need to replace eight of their starting eleven if they are to become top half of the table regulars.

For what it is worth, I wouldn’t be surprised if the new owners spend relatively little on transfer fees, if there is relegation fears when we get to January.

In my opinion, if you want to bring in high quality players to fight a short-term relegation battle, then surely loan players would be the best bet and most achievable to get. Which high quality players would be committing long-term to Newcastle if there was a real chance that in a few months they could be a Championship club?

I actually think there will be far more chance of bigger money to be made available in January if Newcastle don’t look in serious relegation trouble, as then higher quality players would be more open to sign permanent deals, with the new NUFC owners also more open to investing cash to start the rebuilding job on the pitch.

As for needing eight new first team players to be a regular top half of the table team, I think that is what you need to be looking at attacking the top six places and as for becoming top ten, that is a far lower level of investment needed.

Of course, what is most important is getting the right manager in and director of football as well, then bringing in the right players, whatever the cost of them. Experience tells you that to get from where Newcastle United are now, there will be players who don’t necessarily cost a fortune who will significantly improve the team, just look at even the Ashley era and players such as Cabaye, Ba and Dubravka, arguably the best three signings of these past 15 years and who cost less than £10m between them.

Danny Mills gives his ‘expert’ advice to new Newcastle United owners when talking to Football Insider:

“You probably need eight new starting players if you’re looking to get into the top-half consistently and then push on from there, that could happen”

“Just out-and-out quality, that’s what Newcastle United need. They don’t have it at the moment and that’s what they need.

“This is the problem that you’ve got, you’re going to have to bring in players that will be there for six months or 18 months, maximum before they get shipped out.

“£50million, does that include wages? It’s a tricky one.

“If they’re in trouble they’ll spend more. Simple as that.

“That will be re-evaluated. Maybe they’re keeping their powder dry so other teams keep their powder dry and don’t hike up their prices too much. That might be one of the theories behind that.”

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