'The aspirations have to be higher': Jermaine Jenas hits out at Newcastle United's ambition under Mike Ashley

Jermaine Jenas insists Newcastle United should be more than just a football club that aims to survive in the Premier League season upon season.
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Steve Bruce’s men officially retained their top-flight status over the weekend, however, a few days later, fell victim to a 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City.

The defeat brought the Magpies back to earth following an unbeaten start to the restart - and prompted yet more focus on the Premier League’s impending decision on the Saudi-led takeover.

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And Jenas, who spent three years at St James’s Park between 2002 and 2005, says his old club should be challenging higher up the league table.

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

"That's been the frustration of all the fans for so many years,” when asked about the club’s ambitions – or lack of – under Ashley.

"The Newcastle team I joined was finishing third and fourth, playing Champions League football - that is what the fans were used to seeing for a number of years prior to even myself joining the football club - a top football club in the league.

"It's a team that has been relegated on numerous occasions and bounced back - yes they've had a good season but the aspirations have to be higher for the football club.

"Watching that - yeah you can get beat by City but sometimes it's the way you get beat sometimes it's nor pretty. I think Steve Bruce will look back on it and it won't make him happy at all."