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TOMMY Wright has warned Newcastle that disaster could be around the corner unless they finally get some stability.
The ex-United keeper, famous for an endless string of saves during some dark days in the early 1990s, hopes that Alan Shearer is appointed as boss and wants the black-and-whites to avoid the painful fate of his old club Manchester City, who slid from the Premier League to the third tier of soccer before bouncing back.
And the former Ballymena barman, who welcomes United to Dublin next month for a friendly, said: "It's a total travesty what has happened at Newcastle, I guess that's an understatement.
"But one thing that will remain is the tremendous support.
"I had that during my time there.
"We got relegated in 1989, but under Kevin Keegan we fought our way back into the light.
"Three or four seasons at second-tier level seems unthinkable nowadays.
"But that's what might have to happen under a steady manager for a while before Newcastle get back up.
"If you don't have stability it becomes a vicious circle so I hope they get sorted out quickly because time is marching on." Wright is in no doubt that Shearer is that man, mainly because of his fearsome presence.
Wright said: "You need somebody with that sort of clout and he's got that.
"When I played we were in fear of Jim Smith.
"Teapots would be hurled around the place if things weren't going right, and you need a bit of that.
"I remember one summer we had a few new signings coming in.
"They would wonder why we put towels on top of our suits when we were getting changed.
"We just laughed and said 'you'll see'.
"And sure enough when things weren't going right the teapots would come out.
"And if you didn't have your towel on top of your suit it would be spoilt!" Now, though, Wright is looking forward to what he predicts will be a carnival atmosphere in Shamrock when his old side come to town.
He said: "Having Real Madrid here will be brilliant.
"But knowing the Newcastle fans they will come in great numbers and I am really looking forward to it.
"We've been homeless as a club for 22 years but now we have the stadium and it's a great fillip to have teams like Newcastle and Real coming here."
WARNING: Tommy says Newcastle will strong characters to get promoted this season