Newcastle ‘are hanging on’: Neville tips Magpies to fall away and ‘finish outside the top four’

Newcastle vs Southampton Credit: Alamy
Newcastle vs Southampton Credit: Alamy

Gary Neville does not think Newcastle United have enough in the tank to qualify for the Champions League.

Eddie Howe’s side have been absolutely superb this season and are lodging an unexpected challenge to finish inside the top four of the Premier League.

They were taken over by a Saudi-led consortium in 2021 and many expected them to dominate Europe in the future, but the Magpies look way ahead of schedule.

While they have spent a fair whack under their new owners, the squad is not too different from the Steve Bruce days and the amount of money spent is a far cry from what football fans initially expected.

Sven Botman and Bruno Guimaraes have come in as Newcastle’s marquee signings and really impressed. In fact, the new owners have failed to make a poor signing so far.

From Kieran Trippier to Dan Burn and Alexander Isak, the future at St James’ Park looks very bright.

Newcastle’s defensive record has been particularly impressive and is the primary reason they are currently fourth in the Premier League and ten points behind pacesetters Arsenal.

While a win at Bournemouth on Saturday would put the Magpies above Manchester United and two points off Manchester City, former Red Devils defender Gary Neville does not think Howe’s side can maintain their form until the end of the season.

“I just feel like Newcastle are at absolutely full pelt, 100 miles an hour, they can’t run any faster than they are actually doing,” Neville said on The Overlap.

“I think they are hanging on. And I just don’t think that they will be able to do that as the season goes on. I don’t think they will finish in the top four.

“I hope they do. It would be unbelievable if they did, but I don’t think they will Newcastle. I think they’ll fall away.”

Newcastle have only lost one league match all season and that came against Liverpool after the Reds scored a controversial 97th-minute winner.

Howe has guided the Geordies to the Carabao Cup final, where they will face Manchester United on February 26.

Both sides are going through a trophy drought and winning the competition would mean absolutely everything to the Newcastle supporters.

This could be a historic season for the Magpies, and the club’s fans will have the opportunity to see what has been happening behind the scenes in a fly-on-the-wall Amazon documentary.

Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie revealed on Wednesday that Amazon are filming for a ‘four-part documentary’, likely to be an All or Nothing.

Newcastle would be the fourth English side to have one of these Amazon docuseries’ after Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham.

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