By Harry Sykes
TalkSPORT pundit Micky Quinn has slammed Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the summer transfer situation at Newcastle.
Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Monday, Quinn said that he was going to reverse his prediction for Newcastle on the back of the lack of transfer action.
Having initially said that Newcastle would finish mid-table, Quinn now thinks they will be “hovering” above relegation, although he doesn’t believe they will be relegated.
The interview was posted on Alan Brazil’s official Twitter account.
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 7, 2017
However, the fallout could be worse for Newcastle fans as Quinn also believes that Mike Ashley has gone back on his claim that manager Rafa Benitez would be backed with transfer funds.
“Rafa Benitez, in my book needs backing to the hilt,” Quinn said.
“The meeting he had with Ashley where he said you can spend every penny we make, and they blatantly haven’t spent.
“When they do go after certain players – they were after Willy Caballero, Tammy Abrahams – all of a sudden when he’s left it to the finance people the deals have fell through.
“For me they need another three really quality players.
“I don’t think they’ll go do wn but I tell you what, I’ve reversed my decision, I thought they’d finish mid-table if they got those players but now I think they’ll be hovering [above relegation].”
It’s been a frustrating summer for Newcastle and Benitez, with reports surfacing from St James’ Park that the manager is not happy with the way business has been conducted this summer.
The Mirror reported that he would be seeking talks and was furious after a £12million bid for Stoke striker Joselu was turned down.
Benitez has managed to get some deals over the line with Christian Atsu signing a permanent deal, and Jacob Murphy (Norwich), Florian Lejeune (SD Eibar), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) and Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund) joining.
However, Benitez is still keen to reinforce his attacking line and time is running out to find a striker before his club face Tottenham in the opening Premier League game of the season next Sunday.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez has refused to rule out a transfer for this 28-year-old Premier League star.