Rival Championship chief aims massive dig at Newcastle transfers
By Matt Farr
Reading technical director Brian Tevreden has taken a massive dig at promotion rivals Newcastle for their heavy spending.
The two sides are battling it out in the Championship for promotion to the Premier League for next season, with Newcastle top of the league and Reading in fourth with eight games remaining.
Newcastle were relegated from the top flight last season, while Reading have not featured in England’s top tier since their relegation at the end of the 2013-13 campaign.
However, that did not prevent Tevreden from ripping into their promotion rivals, with the 35-year-old director of football suggesting to Dutch-speaking outlet Natio Suriname that Newcastle “threw money down the drain” whilst they were in the Premier League.
Newcastle spent big in attempt to retain their Premier League status, acquiring Aleksandar Mitrovic (£13million), Georginio Wijnaldum (£14.5million), Jonjo Shelvey (£12million), Andros Townsend (£12.5million) and Florian Thauvin (£12million) all for fees above the £10million mark.
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But their summer of heavy spending could not prevent them from dropping down to the second tier, but the Reading chief insists they will not fall into the same trap.
When asked if Reading would be able to beat the drop if promoted to the Premier League next term, Tevreden told Natio Suriname: “Either way I won’t panic.
“An example: Newcastle United has invested £55million in their team. I spent £3million. If we are promoted to the Premier League there will be a clear plan and there will be specific purchases.
“We absolutely won’t be throwing money down the drain.”
Newcastle continued their spending this summer in a bid to earn an immediate return to the top flight, spending more than £55million on new talent, while the Reading chief claims his side spent just £3million.
Dwight Gayle (£10million) and Matt Ritchie (£12million) were the most expensive of Newcastle’s 11 new first-team additions.
But Newcastle fans won’t be at all happy at Tevreden’s claims that their side are trying to buy their way back into the Premier League, and will hope that Reading fall short of their promotion goal as a result.