Jamie Redknapp has slammed Newcastle’s academy for not being able to produce superstars and claims a new manager would be able to extract little from the current squad.
The Magpies saw their winless run extended to 10 games after they were comfortably seen off by a dominant Aston Villa in the West Midlands thanks to Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore’s goals.
The defeat increased the pressure on under-fire boss Steve Bruce, with fans subsequently launching a protest outside St James’ Park calling for him to be axed.
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Newcastle’s squad and claimed their academy can no longer produce superstars
Goals from Bertrand Traore (left) and Ollie Watkins made it 10 winless games for the Magpies
Fans unfurled a banner with his and club owner Mike Ashley faces accompanied by a slogan saying ‘act late, seal your fate’ and the dates 2009 and 2016, when Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League.
But speaking to Sky Sports after the defeat, former midfielder Redknapp believes a new boss – even former manager Rafael Benitez – would struggle with the current group of players and lack of youth talent being produced.
‘Even if they did change manager, I don’t see a new one coming in and changing too much with that squad,’ Redknapp said.
‘I can’t see many Newcastle players you’d get money for. Allan Saint-Maximin maybe. You could go get Rafa back, that’s the fans dream maybe, but I don’t think he changes much.
The defeat cranked up the pressure on Steve Bruce, with a protest calling for his dismissal
And Redknapp believes that the academy is one of a number of issues at the club right now
‘There are so many things wrong with that club, one of the biggest ones that’s bothered me is the academy. Years ago, they made superstars.
‘There are no kids coming through, that used to be a football hotbed Newcastle. Where is the talent there? Why are they not producing their own players? That’s what they used to do?
‘That club deserves a super star, the fans, the club, they’ve always had a super star. It’s a mess right now. I feel for Bruce, I feel for the fans but it’s not good enough. He’s trying his heart out, you can see it. You can see there is a pain there.’
Newcastle have yet to win a Premier League point in 2021, having moved on to 19 points with a stalemate against Liverpool on December 30.
He doubts whether a new manager, even former boss Rafael Benitez, would make a difference
The former midfielder added only Allan Saint-Maximin would fetch any money in the squad
Bruce’s men still sit seven points above the relegation zone having played a game more than 18th-place Fulham, but Redknapp hinted he cannot see where their next point would come from.
‘You can’t deny it, it’s a rotten run,’ he continued ‘You talk about the style of play and the football we like, it has not been good enough.
‘The fans will accept results but when you are playing a style of football, getting 37 per cent possession and still losing games that is not good enough.
Redknapp sympathised with Bruce but admitted the club are now on a ‘rotten run’
‘This has been the situation for the last three or four years since I watched Newcastle. I feel sorry for Steve Bruce.
‘I played against him, he is a warrior, not a quitter. But he must think to himself, I don’t need this. They [the fans] are sick to death right now and rightfully so.
‘It’s not good viewing and I didn’t think for one second they’d get a result today, I didn’t think they’d beat Sheffield United last week.’