Tim Sherwood has now suggested Newcastle United could replicate Blackburn Rovers’ route to the Premier League title – almost four months after insisting the Magpies had ‘no chance’ of avoiding relegation.
Eddie Howe’s side recorded a fourth straight league victory and moved up to ninth in the table with a 3-0 win at Norwich City on Saturday. United are now 15 points clear of the relegation zone, and could mathematically guarantee their Premier League status next weekend.
Sherwood was a member of the Rovers’ side which, backed by funding from owner Jack Walker, pipped Manchester United to the Premier League title in 1995. The former Tottenham manager has now raised the tantalizing prospect of the Magpies repeating the feat in the coming seasons .
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When asked about the incentives for the Newcastle squad in the remaining four matches, he told Premier League Productions: “To get as high as they possibly can, and I think for the players it’s wanting to be part of this journey.
“It looks very exciting for now, it looks like Eddie has kept them up. They’re going to spend some money, we know that. If I was a Newcastle player, I would want to be part of this. You don’t know how much they’re going to spend, they could be dare I say it to Blackburn.”
Newcastle did not register a victory in all competitions until a narrow home win against Burnley on December 4, but are now on course to make history and secure survival. Sherwood was asked about the Magpies’ survival prospects following the home draw with Manchester United on December 27, and said there was no ‘magic wand’ for Howe to salvage the side this season.
He told Premier League Productions “I give them no chance whatsoever. I just think they’re not good enough defensively, the manager has not got a magic wand.
“I’m not sure they’re going to be able to get the players to hit the ground running in January. It’s a positive result tonight, I don’t want to take anything away from them.
“But the love-in for Joelinton, I was scratching my head. He’s done all right, but when he came to the club I thought he was a centre-forward.”
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