Eddie Howe has moved to manage Newcastle United fans’ expectations ahead of the summer transfer window.
Fans should not expect “wholesale changes” during the summer transfer window, according to Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.
Transfer speculation is a common theme around these parts with the Magpies 80% owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
United splashed out around £90million in January to bring in Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Matt Targett and Dan Burn to significantly bolster their Premier League survival hopes.
But ahead of the summer – and another season of top-flight football – Howe has moved to manage supporters’ expectations.
‘Not the revolution that everyone thinks it will be’
Howe explained: “I am happy with this squad while acknowledging that time never stands still.
“You have to continue to improve and evolve so I have no problem looking outward and saying we do need certain things but I do not think it will be the revolution that everyone thinks it will be. It can’t be because we are under financial restrictions.
“It is not just a case of signing anybody and that would never be the way I work anyway because every individual has to fit within the structure of the team and makes the team better, not just a very good individual. That is fundamental to our future.
“So, for all those different reasons, I do not think it will ever be a case of wholesale changes.”
Financial Fair Play explained
Financial Fair Play (FFP) was mentioned again by Howe as an issue that will limit United’s spending ability.
In 2009, UEFA adopted the Financial Fair Play (FFP) to try to reduce the amount of debt and bank loans in European football.
FFP is designed to keep teams from spending more than they make and to safeguard their long-term viability.
FFP, on the other hand, allows clubs to lose up to £105 million over a three-year period.
“It doesn’t help in terms of the media perception,” Howe later added.
“But, yes, Financial Fair Play is now in full power in the Premier League so you have to fit into those structures. We will fall in line like every other club.
“Certainly, the perception is one thing and the reality is very different so we will have to be very smart with what we do.”
Source: Newcastle World