Pundit tips 'special' clause in Newcastle-Howe deal after dressing room update
Frank McAvennie claims any deal between Newcastle and Eddie Howe will include a relegation clause.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists both parties will try to protect themselves in negotiations.
This site revealed on Wednesday (3 November) that the 43-year-old is in advanced talks to take over after talks with Unai Emery collapsed.
A Newcastle source has updated that several Toon stars have now told the Amanda Staveley-led board to appoint Howe.
Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie, who all played under Howe at Bournemouth, have provided ringing endorsements.
With Newcastle six points adrift of safety, relegation is a possibility.
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As a result, McAvennie claims a “special” relegation clause will be placed in any deal.
“The new owners haven’t covered themselves in glory but they aren’t daft,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“With Newcastle looking so bad, a relegation clause saves everyone a lot of hassle at the end of the season.
“If Howe comes in and keeps them up, great, then he will get a shot at improving the side and rightly so.
“If he takes them down, the club may want to make a change and that’s an easy get-out.
“Of course, they don’t have to activate it. It’s just an option but with the club in the position it’s in, you can’t take chances.
“People might worry about that clause if it’s in there, but really it just makes a lot of sense.
“Those special details don’t matter until they matter.”