Newcastle fans here in the Tavern have mixed feelings about David Ginola’s recent claims that they must be relegated to have a better future, with the former Magpies winger slamming the club when speaking to TalkSport.
The Toon face an immense task to avoid the drop to the second-tier of English football this season but Ginola believes a fresh start would be best for the club, as he said:
“They need to go back to scratch, they need to start all over again. For many years Newcastle has been in a situation like this and at some stage they need to realise that things need to be dealt with properly.”
“They’ve brought in Rafael Benitez, but if they’re relegated at the end of the season he will go. Who is going to be their next manager?”
“So please Newcastle United, let’s go down to the Championship! Let’s start again, let’s have a manager for the next five years, let’s work on the academy and bring some talents from the academy into the first-team.”
“Forget about just trying to stay in the Premier League. If you do this, you’re going to be stronger over the next five years.”
It is easy to see why the Frenchman has said that; they need a complete overhaul of their playing squad and backroom team if they want to compete at the highest level again.
But on the other hand, they will miss out on the new TV money should they be relegated which is going to be vital to most of the top-flight clubs over the next couple of seasons.
One thing is for certain; the Toon Army are right when they say that their club is a shambles, they are rightly very upset about the way things have gone over the last few years and it is difficult to see how they can move forward.
There is the argument that they need a complete clear-out with new personnel to move forward but with the new TV deal coming into effect can they afford to lose out on that money?
They also have, in terms of pedigree, their best manager in recent times who happens to have a relegation clause in his contract so could finish up with another manager who might not necessarily be up to the job.
These are tough times for the Geordie faithful who deserve so much better than they are getting and which ever way Ginola’s comments are taken it is difficult to see what the immediate future holds for the club, especially if they do suffer the dreaded drop in May
Newcastle fans, is Ginola right? Let us know in the comments below!