Wilkins: I think this is what Newcastle United fans want to see

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Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins suggested Newcastle United's next manager is going to be under real pressure at the club.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT what he feels Newcastle United want to see next season.

Wilkins was quizzed over the imminent arrival of Steve McClaren at St James’s Park, the Guardian suggests his confirmation is imminent, and suggested that regardless of who is in charge, the manager needs to get Newcastle fans onside.

“I think what Newcastle fans really want to see is European football – The top ten is now progression based on where they finished last season – It’s very important the fans see something changing in the team,” he said.

European football wouldn’t be out of place at Newcastle given the size and infrastructure of the club, equipped with an extremely passionate support base.

However, the aims for next season have to be realistic based on where the club is coming from in terms of last season.

Newcastle need to make sure that they are safe and comfortable in the Premier League considering the importance of the next TV deal in terms of finances.

There’s no reason why the club can’t add well in the transfer market this summer and play more attractive football over the course of the next few months, as they aim for that top half finish.

Once Newcastle are there, once they have a settled squad and a manager who is proving himself in terms of tactics, they can then start thinking about the possibility of Europe.

The fans need to feel inspired again and that has to happen from Premier League level looking forward to other competitions.

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