Alan Irvine believes Newcastle United need right characters to earn immediate Premier League return

Newcastle United have been relegated to the Championship once again.

Newcastle United will be playing their football next season in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez failed to keep the club in the top-flight after Sunderland’s 3-0 win against Everton condemned Newcastle to the drop.

So what now for the club? Will they bounce straight back just as they did last time?

Former Newcastle youth coach Alan Irvine seems to be worried regarding characters, and believes perhaps they might fall short.

Irvine, who was with the club under Kenny Dalglish, told talkSPORT yesterday (12/05/2016):

“I’m bitterly disappointed this season, them going down.

“Last time they did it they bounced back straight away but they had a squad that time that was full of players who probably had the right character and the right mentality to go into the Championship and bounce back.

“Time will tell if this squad has those characters, those personalities, but Newcastle is a club that needs to be in the Premier League.”

When Newcastle were relegated in 2009 they certainly had a squad that looked more capable of bouncing straight back.

They had the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith in their side and the team certainly seemed a more settled and balanced outfit under the guidance of Chris Hughton.

It will remain to be seen who stays at the club although the likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Colback and youngster Adam Armstrong may be expected to lead the charge to promotion.

If they can prove themselves of the right stuff for a promotion fight, then Irvine and many other Newcastle fans will be left very pleased.

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