Isaac Hayden has sent a clear message to Mike Ashley in a blunt interview about Newcastle United’s current level of ambition, insisting that the target should NOT be to just ‘survive’ each season.
His performances on the pitch have been outstanding over the past few months and his interviews have been just as good, with this yet another brutally honest assessment from the 24-year-old midfielder.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the club’s approach over the past two seasons, hinting that the dressing room has bigger ambitions than the NUFC board:
“A club of this stature, the target shouldn’t be just to finish above the relegation zone but at the minute that is where we’re at.
“We have to deal with that as players, coaching staff and as fans who support the football club but that isn’t the ambition in the dressing room.
“From a lot of the players we don’t just want to be fighting to beat relegation every season, we want to be as high as possible and getting up towards that top six or top eight positions in the league.”
He’s hit the nail on the head here, with Hayden being yet another player to send a not so subtle warning to Mike Ashley when it comes to the club’s ambitions.
His comments here also go a long way to showing how the players would react if Rafa left. Without him all hope would be lost, so a dressing room full of players with big ambitions would be dejected to say the least.
If Benitez leaves this summer, both star players and supporters inside St James’ Park would follow him out the exit door.