Steve Harper reckons “bi-polar” Newcastle United will spend in the summer.
The veteran United ‘keeper is experienced in the sort of up-and-down seasons that United have just had, and recognises the discontent that has filtered down after a poor second half of the campaign.
But with recruitment set to start soon, he feels there is a clear path towards improvement for the Magpies.
“It has been a chalk-and-cheese season. I have said before that Newcastle is a bi-polar club and it has been a bi-polar season,” he said.
“Before Christmas it was fantastic and they had a fantastic run, but you sell your best player and it knocks the wind out of your sails. It becomes a very difficult season, but the mandate was for a top-10 finish, which they achieved.
“The way it happened it has left the fans with a bad taste, but if it had been a general level of consistent performances and the end result of 10th, it would have been a bit easier to take.
“Newcastle need to become active in the transfer market. I’m still close to a lot of people up here and I hear that is their intention, so that could go a long way to getting the supporters back onside. Let’s hope they do.”
Harper aims to lift the FA Cup with Hull today, but still harbours regrets from the two Cup finals that Newcastle appeared in during the 90s.
“I think we were unfortunate going up against a team that were going for the double one year and a team going for the treble the next,” he said.
“Both performances were very similar. It just didn’t quite happen on the day.”