Former player and journalist make claims which should give Newcastle extra motivation

Newcastle United will compete on four fronts this season after qualifying for the Champions League and Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have given their top-six predictions

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe and (inset left) Jamie Carragher and (right) Gary Neville
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe and (inset left) Jamie Carragher and (right) Gary Neville

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both predicted Newcastle United will not finish in the top six in the Premier League this season. Eddie Howe’s side defied all expectations to qualify for the Champions League last term, and now face the challenge of replicating or even improving upon the feat while competing on four fronts.

The Magpies have so far bolstered the first-team squad with the signings of Harvey Barnes, Tino Livramento, and Sandro Tonali.

Allan Saint-Maximin has left the club after four seasons, with Eddie Howe confirming the sale of the fan favourite was to allow the club room to manoeuvre in the market with Financial Fair Play.

Newcastle’s head coach admits he would still like to bring in at least one more player ahead of the September 1 deadline, having previously stressed the need to call upon two starting elevens of ‘equal strength’ this term.

However, both Carragher and Neville have questioned the club’s strategy in the current transfer window.

The Sky Sports pundits were asked to make their top-six predictions on the latest edition of the Fan Debate on The Overlap, with the revamped Champions League from the 2024/2025 season meaning five teams could qualify for Europe’s top competition.

Neville went first, and shocked fans by claiming Arsenal will win the Premier League.

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