Jamie Carragher sends warning for new Newcastle United owners

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has sent a warning to Newcastle United’s new owners. PCP Capital Partners are currently on the verge of taking charge of the Tyneside outfit from Mike Ashley and Carragher believes the new owners should reinforce the squad smartly rather than splashing the cash on elite players.

He told Sky Sports: “The big problem you’ll have is what every other club has had when they think they can challenge for the top four. I look at teams like Everton and West Ham who threw big money at it thinking they could really challenge that top six or top four, and it’s very, very difficult. I think it is difficult to get Newcastle back to where they were in terms of challenging for a league, I don’t see that. But in terms of maybe challenging for European places, trying to get into the top six, as I said teams like Everton and West Ham are, but it’s not easy.”

The Magpies have lied between mid-table and the relegation spots since their return to the Premier League and that has genuinely frustrated the club’s supporters, who have seen the limited spending through Ashley. The new consortium backed by the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund promises to change the fortunes of the club and potentially bring them into contention for the European competitions once more.

Judging by the success of Manchester City, the Magpies fans would surely be excited with the forthcoming change of ownership but instant success does not appear a solution as there needs to be cohesion between the high-profile players, who are purchased. As such, the Magpies may have to go with a systematic approach whereby they can push for the top four in a few years’ time. Meanwhile, there are suggestions that Steve Bruce could keep his managerial position for next season. It was previously claimed that Rafael Benitez could return to the helm.