Newcastle must splash the cash

The Toon boss is desperate to win the first league match for almost two months, against Manchester City at St James’ Park on Monday night.

Kinnear said: “Does the squad need strengthening? Without a shadow of doubt.

“I would say we need five players. We are starting now, for the first time since I’ve been here, to analyse and make a list of areas we need to improve.

“We are also getting players back, key players, and might have a bit of competition for places.

“The squad more or less picked itself because of the backlog of injuries when I arrived.

“I would be happy to stay here for life if I could. I would love to be part of it.

“It is the biggest club I have been in charge of. I am going to enjoy it and stake a claim for the future.”