Lee Ryder has warned Newcastle United's hierarchy that they need to 'listen' to Allan Saint-Maximin's warning over the club's ambition.
Elsewhere, pundit and former Magpies midfielder Jermaine Jenas has praised Gareth Southgate's decision to bring Graeme Jones into the fold.
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Newcastle United's hierarchy needs to 'listen' to Allan Saint-Maximin's very clear warning with regard to the club's ambition.
In several interviews since the season ended, the Frenchman has spoken about United achieving more than simply Premier League survival every year, and our chief sports writer Lee Ryder feels the winger's words should be a wake-up call for Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.
Speaking on The Everything is Black and White Podcast, Ryder said: "He's been quite a straight talker - a lot of players are going to come out with statements at this time of year.
"The reality is that Saint-Maximin is Newcastle's best player and when he makes that statement - that Newcastle needs to improve, to get away from being the perennial relegation scrappers and to start looking toward the top 10 - then someone at the club needs to hear that and to listen to it.
"If not, you lose your best players - and when other players see the star man leaving it becomes increasingly difficult to hold on to them."
FFP overhaul confirmed
UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are to be overhauled with a 'much stronger focus on the present and the future' in an attempt to reduce transfer fees and wages to 'acceptable levels'.
European football's governing body introduced FFP in 2009 to prevent clubs spending beyond their means, but the events of the last year or so have led to a rethink.
UEFA estimate that clubs across the continent have missed out on £7.7bn of revenue in the last two seasons as a result of the pandemic.
With COVID in mind, FFP's rules have temporarily been relaxed and clubs' financial results in 2020 have been assessed alongside 2021's rather than as two separate entities.
Jenas' Jones verdict
Gareth Southgate's has made a 'brilliant' decision by adding Graeme Jones to his backroom team for the Euros because the Newcastle United assistant is a 'top quality coach'.
That is the view of Jermaine Jenas after the England manager turned to Jones following striker coach Allan Russell's unexpected departure last month.
Southgate and Jones have known each other since they did the Pro Licence together in 2008 and the pair have remained in touch ever since.
Jones has plenty of tournament experience already, having served as Belgium's No 2 at the 2018 World Cup, but this is a particularly special summer for the 51-year-old as he works with his homeland for the first time.
Jones is a proud Englishman and, unsurprisingly, belted out 'God Save the Queen' as he stood arm in arm with Southgate and fellow assistants Steve Holland and Chris Powell on the touchline ahead of England's opening group game against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.
Ginola's CPR message
Newcastle United legend David Ginola has again urged more people to learn CPR following Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest.
The Denmark and Inter Milan midfielder is recovering in hospital after collapsing during his country's Euro 2020 match with Finland on Saturday.
Denmark's team doctor Morten Boesen later confirmed Eriksen was stable having suffered a cardiac arrest and that "he was gone" prior to being resuscitated, with the quick actions of the on-site medical staff vital.
Former French winger Ginola suffered a heart attack in 2016 when playing in a charity match, and says he was 'dead' for nine minutes before his heart was restarted.
The actions of those at the ground saved his life that day, and he has urged more people to become trained in the CPR techniques in order to save more lives.
Former Newcastle United prospect Adam Armstrong has been named the Championship's PFA Player of the Year after a sensational season with Blackburn Rovers.
The striker has been linked with a Premier League switch this summer after bagging 29 goals in his latest campaign at Ewood Park.
Rafa Benitez sanctioned the £1.7m sale of Armstrong in 2018, but United could be set to profit from a 40% sell-on clause which could also work in their favour if they look to broker a return.
Southampton and West Ham have also been credited with an interest, with talk of a £20m deal which could boost Newcastle's own budget this summer.