NEWCASTLE United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has suggested relegation could HELP the club in the long-term.
Bigirimana was loaned out by United to Rangers in January, but is yet to play because of an unspecified illness.
The 21-year-old is set to return to St James’s Park in the summer, and his views may not go down well with those in the corridors of power.
He has likened Newcastle’s situation to that of Southampton, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2005, and then from the Championship four years later, before building their way back up.
Bigirimana told Sky Sports News: “This might put me in trouble but you look at what happened to Southampton five or six years ago.
“Sometimes as a club you need everything to be reviewed – its foundation and the structure.
“I don’t want them to go down and get relegated. Nobody wants that to happen but it’s all about the future.”
Newcastle are just two points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone after losing their last eight games, and host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.