Temuri Ketsbaia believes Newcastle United relegation as big a shock as Leicester City title triumph

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Newcastle United suffered relegation to the Championship.

Former player Temuri Ketsbaia believes Newcastle United’s relegation to the Championship was as big of a shock as Leicester City winning the Premier League title, the Mirror report.

The Foxes stunned everybody as they defied the odds to lift the Premier League title - starting the campaign as 5000-1 outsiders and more likely to finish in the bottom three than the top half.

Yet, Ketsbaia believes Newcastle’s season also defied the odds, though for all the wrong reasons.

“For me, Newcastle’s relegation is as much of a shock as Leicester winning the league. The club has everything – the fans, the stadium, the money. Unfortunately things have gone badly wrong,” he told the Mirror.

Despite having Premier League pedigree in terms of stadium, supporter backing and financial clout, a succession of bad choices has left Newcastle a long way behind their league rivals.

The Magpies have squandered plenty of cash on poor signings, and now they are tasked with the prospect of a long Championship campaign and trips to the likes of Burton Albion and Bristol City.

Still, a number of current top-flight clubs have had to endure the rigours of Championship football, no more so than Leicester City who only two years ago earned promotion back to the top-flight.

The East Midlands club have done everything right over the past 12 months, and Ketsbaia believes their rise to the top should be a cause of inspiration for Newcastle to follow in their footsteps.

He added; “Leicester have proved that football is not about the money. Leicester have built a side that will run through a brick wall for each other – they have shown how far team spirit can take you.”

“Many things went Leicester’s way in the season but when you have players fighting for every inch of ground, every ball then you can go a long, long way. They deserved it because they showed so much commitment. Newcastle can learn so much from that.”

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