Keith Gillespie has exclusively told the Transfer Tavern that Newcastle could have challenged for the top-six in the Premier League this season.
The Magpies finished second in each of Gillespie’s first two campaigns at St James’ Park, although Newcastle haven’t finished in the European places since coming fifth under the guidance of Alan Pardew nine years ago.
But Newcastle are currently sitting 17th in the Premier League table and are in serious danger of being relegated for the second time in six years following just seven league wins all season, and just two in their previous 18 outings.
Steve Bruce’s side are 20 points behind the top-six, but Gillespie believes that it wouldn’t have been a great surprise to see Newcastle in the same position as the likes of West Ham and Everton, who’re fifth and eighth respectively, given the unpredictability the Premier League has thrown up this term.
The former Magpies midfielder told the Transfer Tavern:
“You look at the way the Premier League is this year and look at the way clubs that have excelled. Aston Villa have done great, Leicester have done great, Everton have done really well, West Ham.
“Why couldn’t that be Newcastle? Because Newcastle have done it in the past and qualified for Champions League football.
“It wouldn’t have been a big shock for Newcastle to be up there challenging maybe for top-six, but they are where they are because they deserve to be there. But a lot of it is down to the owner.”
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