Howey: Newcastle fans tell me they want Laudrup as manager

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Ex-Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has suggested his old club may struggle to attract Michael Laudrup as their next manager.

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey told talkSPORT that he’s been told by the majority of the club’s fans, they want Michael Laudrup in charge as their next manager.

The former Swansea boss is a candidate to come into the club ahead of next season, as the Magpies look to move on from the struggles which plagued them over the course of the last campaign.

However, Howey has cast doubt over any move happening because of the financial demands the Dane is likely to make should he take the role.

“For me, after speaking to the fans and getting the vibe, I think Laudrup would be their first choice – If that’s going to happen, I’m not too sure because I think he’d demand big money for himself and big money for transfers and I’m not sure if the owner is going to do that,” he said.

What Newcastle fans will want to see over the summer are some big statements of intent from Mike Ashley and the club’s officials.

Ashley seemed very ambitious when he did his first TV interview for Sky Sports on the final day of the club’s season and he now needs to match up that ambition with some physical actions in the form of a new boss.

Laudrup showed during his time at Swansea that he’s capable of taking a good team and giving them a new dimension through some very positive and attractive football.

He may well make it a condition of any move to the club that he’s backed financially and if it’s a deal breaker, it’s something that Ashley should definitely consider otherwise the Magpies could miss out on a very talented coach.

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