By Frank McAvennie

8th Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

Pundit suggests 'big problem' at Newcastle United after source's 'huge' reveal

Frank McAvennie has suggested the “biggest problem” at Newcastle United will be keeping hold of staff.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker hailed Eddie Howe’s transformation of the club.

On 5 November, sources told this site that the Magpies have set aside a “huge sum” for a box-office January signing.

The north-east giants are set to bring in reinforcements for the upcoming window as they look to build on Howe’s impressive start to the season.

Newcastle were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October last year and the club have spent big in the two transfer windows since then.

But McAvennie insisted signing players is not the club’s biggest issue.

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The biggest problem they are going to have going forward is keeping hold of the people who work at the club,” he told Football Insider.

You can buy players. But the people that work at Newcastle, they need to keep them and keep them all sweet. Everybody that works around the building, they are the life and soul of the club.

That is the biggest thing going forward for me. Players come and go and they have got the money now.

I have got to tip my hat off to Eddie Howe because I did not think things would get turned around this quickly.

Newcastle are currently third in the Premier League table, albeit with a game in hand on Arsenal and Man City in the top two spots.

They have secured 27 points from 14 games so far this season.

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