Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has delivered a damning verdict on the club’s future hopes after reportedly seeing Amanda Staveley’s takeover talks collapse.
Sky Sports reported late on Tuesday that negotiations between the British businesswoman, who was fronting a bid from PCP Capital Partners, and current owner Mike Ashley had fallen through after extended discussions which failed to result in any agreement for the two parties.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate podcast (16/01), Wright stated that without the backing of a new investor, with Ashley known to be notoriously tight when it comes to the club’s transfer activity, he feels that the Magpies will be one of the club’s who suffer the ignominy of relegation this season.
He said on The Debate: “We’re just hearing about Newcastle and everything’s broken down in respect of what’s going on with the money, the buying.
“I feel if they do not get that takeover and they can’t get to spend money, which it doesn’t look like they are, I’m sorry to say that I think Newcastle might go (down).”
The Magpies are yet to see a senior transfer deal take place during the January window, with a handful of senior players up for sale while Rafael Benitez targets new arrivals to bolster his squad, having brought in five new faces during the summer market.
Having played out a 1-1 home draw with Swansea City last weekend, Newcastle’s next game sees them take on league leaders Manchester City, who themselves suffered their first defeat of the season in a 4-3 thriller against Liverpool.
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