Jurgen Klopp previews Newcastle United clash
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Newcastle United getting relegated from the Premier League this season would be “funny”, claims former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan. Newcastle are currently 19th in the table ahead of tonight’s trip to high-flying Liverpool. The Magpies have won just one match all season in the top flight.
Newcastle were taken over by Saudi Arabian owners in October to end Mike Ashley’s much-maligned time at the helm.
The St James’ Park club now have the richest owners in the Premier League and are set to back manager Eddie Howe at the earliest opportunity in January.
But results have not picked up either since the owners, or Howe, came to the club.
Jordan is not a fan of the model Newcastle are now using in their attempts to progress and believes it would be humorous if they were to spend next season in the Championship.
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Speaking on talkSPORT, the outspoken Jordan said: “People say it’s an absolute tragedy if Newcastle get relegated. It’s not a tragedy – it’s funny!
“But they will bounce back because they’ll have the resources.
“I’d find it slightly [funny] but not for the long game because I like Newcastle fans and I want them to be successful.
“I couldn’t care about the ownership model – I’d like them to have as little success as possible.
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“Because I don’t like it. I don’t like the nature of it, I don’t like what it represents. I don’t believe they are for the best interest in football and a whole raft of other things.
“For a moment [I would laugh out loud] and I think a lot of people would too. Not at the Newcastle fans, there would be collateral damage.”
Newcastle have a daunting task ahead of them in the shape of Liverpool.
But Howe believes his squad does have what it takes to cause Jurgen Klopp’s side problems.
“It’s a big challenge for us but one that we’re going to look forward to,” he said.
“Liverpool are in outstanding form, their attacking players are certainly linking really well at the moment, but I think we have to learn lessons from the Leicester game.
“We need to get our organisation to the very highest level, because if we don’t Liverpool will find a hole in that.
“But I believe, the other way, we have players that can hurt them – certainly on transitions I think we are a real threat, so we’ll have our gameplan and we’ll go there ready to perform.”
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