Jermaine Jenas has questioned why Newcastle United have become survivors this season in a debate on BT Sport.
The former United midfielder spoke about the transition the club have made from playing in the Champions League compared to now, where they could potentially be facing the prospect of fighting to stay in the Premier League.
He claims that this is down the “powers-that-be” – in this case, Magpies’ owner Mike Ashley, and his reluctance to provide enough financial backing in the transfer market.
“All of a sudden Newcastle have turned into survivors, which I don’t get. I don’t like to talk about the past too much to be honest,” he said in the BT Sport debate on Saturday night [as quoted by the Chronicle].
“To go from playing Champions League football and having the players who were at that football club, to all of a sudden all of that going out the door and now having what is out there and trying to survive in the Premier League… I don’t get that how that has happened."