Jermaine Jenas has located four areas that Newcastle United’s prospective incoming owners must tackle to restore the club to elite status in England.
Mike Ashley’s 13-year ownership of the St James’ Park club is set to come to an end with a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley likely to take over.
With the club languishing in lower mid-table in the Premier League and facing a challenge to avoid relegation each season, Newcastle has fallen some way from challenging for the title.
However, Jenas has outlined how that could change under new ownership and, firstly, that involves spending money on quality players.
“If this wealthy consortium is coming in, they are going to spend. They are not going to be bit-part players,” Jenas wrote in his column. “They are seeing Everton making moves, Wolves making moves, and thinking we want to be part of that.
“Are Spurs losing their grip on what they thought they might have? Arsenal are having a wobble. This is a great period of time to get a club and go for the top four. That is what it is all about.”
Secondly, the club must clear out the dead weight in the squad.
"It needs a complete restructuring of everything, from top to bottom,” he added. “You’d need to replace 70 per cent of your playing squad in the next 2-3 years. These are big jobs.”
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