Robbie Savage has predicted Newcastle will face relegation... now the fans have had their say...
Outspoken pundit and former Welsh international midfielder Robbie Savage is unafraid to ruffle a few feathers.
Speaking to Breathe Sport, Savage said that he is unconvinced new manager Steve McClaren has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League.
He feels the former Eredivisie title winner, and ex-England boss, faces real questions after his failure to get Derby County in the Championship play-offs last season, from a position when it had seemed like a certainty.
Savage also cited Newcastle's summer signings of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba will raise expectations too highly, for a side which only scraped survival last season under the disastrous management of John Carver.
Newcastle United fans have of course been having their say in response, critical of Savage's prediction.
Via HITC Sport:
Bob Burton: "What a fool. I can't imagine for one second that any Toon fans will lose any sleep over his opinion. The only people who will enjoy this prediction are the sad individuals who've allowed Ashley to get into their weak heads and now hate Newcastle as if it is Ashley. The majority of whom don't go to games and seldom have. I notice one such clown has commented already, wishing the club the worst as usual. I will willingly take Robbie's bet on the subject if he cares to put his money where his mouth is? Like taking candy off a baby."
William New Carney: "I don't like Savage one little bit but I wouldn't totally disagree with him on this subject, we still have so many bad players in our squad, we need more new faces or I'm afraid this could be our last season in the premier league, which might not be a bad thing if it eventually gets Ashley to sell up."
King Trax: "Who cares what Savage says anyway?"
Just read that Lily Savage thinks #nufc will be relegated. I never liked her very much. Big bleach blonde wig, bad jokes. Not my cup of tea!— Boobosh (@boobosh) August 4, 2015
#NUFC savage saying Newcastle have spent £50 mill on 3 players your maths are as bad as your pundit skills 34mill, no facts once again..— daniel langley (@DanielDanlang83) August 4, 2015
Our friend Robbie Savage reckons we shall be relegated this season. Bold call with the transfer window still open for a month. #nufc— MagpieMockery (@MagpieMockery) August 4, 2015