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Newcastle promise more quality

Newcastle: Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson will be able to strengthen his squad for next season with “more top-class players”, club chairman Freddy Shepherd has promised.

The St James’ Park club are already thinking about a second successive Champions League campaign after securing a qualifying slot via their third place in the Premier League behind champions Manchester United and Arsenal.

“We’ve signed Hugo Viana, Jonathan Woodgate and Laurent Robert in the last two years and there will be more top-class players coming here,” Shepherd was quoted as saying in The Journal newspaper in Newcastle on Tuesday. “Any player worth his salt would want to join Newcastle and I’m talking about players across Europe. We’ve got a fine reputation now.

“We won’t panic in the transfer market and we won’t gamble either. There’s no need. It’s all about topping and tailing a quality squad. There’s already quality in every department, and good cover too, but Newcastle United won’t stand still. If we believe someone can improve this squad then we’ll try to get him.

“I won’t mention figures but we’re probably only one of a handful of clubs with the resources to go out and strengthen our squad. No manager has ever left this club complaining the board deprived him of funds. That will continue.”

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