Jamie Carragher issues verdict on Newcastle United's 'ceiling' and expresses Eddie Howe concern

Jamie Carragher has been speaking about Newcastle United, and in not such glowing terms.
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Pundit Jamie Carragher has issued some strong comments on Newcastle United amid the club's struggles to kick on this season. The Magpies were superb last season, landing a Champions League spot relatively comfortably.

But this term, Eddie Howe's men fell out of the Champions League quickly, and they are not realistic top four conteders at this point, likely competing for one of the other European spots. Injuries and the Sandro Tonali suspension hasn't helped, but the Magpies have struggled for consistency, and that's despite another large spending bill in the summer.

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Sky Sports pundit Carragher has now spoken about Newcastle's situation, claiming that their growth is limited regardless of their rich owners while also expressing concern over the future of Eddie Howe at St James' Park.

The former defender said on the Stick to Football podcast: "When Newcastle's owners came in and people were talking about the investment being huge, I was never, from a Liverpool point of view, thinking 'this is the new team in town' or 'this is going to be another City or Chelsea'. I think it's more difficult now with FFP. "I do think Newcastle had such a great season last season but they have almost hit a ceiling a little bit when you think 'how do you make that next jump?' People will look at some of the players they've got and Dan Ashworth, and maybe even Eddie Howe at some stage. If Gareth Southgate leaves in the summer, you'd imagine the FA would go for Eddie Howe, wouldn't you? "I think that's a big blow for them {Ashworth leaving]. Newcastle are a huge football club but they're never going to be Man United so if Man United come for one of their players or a manager or sporting director they're going to go and I think it's a great appointment."