"If I had been quick enough or had been in place as Newcastle manager sooner, I'd have looked at more Premiership free transfers.
"If you put Ben Haim and Distin here now, it would make a huge difference. You'd already have secured the problems with your defence, basically.
"You'd probably just look for a left-back of the right sort of experience and, perhaps, a right-back and you'd be looking forward to August 11.
"But that centre-back we need may not be in this country now."