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Norwich boss Smith warns Newcastle: You can't buy your way out of dropzone

Norwich City boss Dean Smith has a warning for Newcastle United fans ahead of tomorrow's clash.

Smith insists no club should expect to buy their way out of the relegation zone in January.

The Canaries sit 19th and travel to bottom side Newcastle on Tuesday night, where victory could see them close up on the sides above them and boost their own survival hopes.

“It is always difficult to think you can buy your way out of any position or into any position," said Smith.

“You bring players into a squad and first of all, they have to go and settle in, there is an integration that they have to go get settled into.

“Certainly if they are not British-based players or tasted the Premier League before, there is a newness about everything.

“The Premier League as we all know is a very talented league and every club gives you a challenge, so it is very difficult to buy a place in the top six or out of the bottom three."

Smith, though, accepts Newcastle will have the financial muscle to push through deals which might not be possible for other clubs.

“January has always been a difficult window for any team," he said.

“Prices are over-inflated – but that probably doesn't matter to Newcastle if they have the riches we are told they have got.

“They have got to have a good plan because although people are already talking about what they are going to do, they have six or seven games before that and will need to fire up the players who are already there."


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