‘NO CHANCE Newcastle will be relegated. I’d bet my house on it!’ – ex-chairman Shepherd

first_imgFormer Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd believes there is absolutely ‘no chance’ of the Magpies being relegated this season, despite their current position in the Premier League’s bottom three.Steve McClaren has endured a disappointing start to his reign at St James’ Park, with the side three points adrift of safety having won just five league games since his appointment in the summer.But the team have improved in recent weeks, and current Newcastle chief Mike Ashley backed the boss in the January transfer window as the club became the highest-spenders in the top flight.Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend arrived in £12million deals earlier in the window, while £4.5m was spent on midfielder Henri Saivet and Roma striker Seydou Doumbia also joined the club on loan on deadline day.And Shepherd is confident a fresher, more settled squad under McClaren have what it takes to avoid the drop.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Toon chief said: “There’s no chance of Newcastle going down, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a former chairman.“I’d put my house on it, Newcastle will NOT go down.“They’ve done the right thing at the right time. They’ve splashed out and got some good players in.“I honestly believe Newcastle will now start to climb up the table.“This isn’t bias, and you might just think I’m sticking up for the north east here, but I think Sam Allardyce will keep Sunderland up as well.“I think the teams above them at the bottom of the table are weaker so I think they will definitely escape.”last_img

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