David Ginola has warned Newcastle their takeover could quickly become “a shambles” if they don’t have the right people making decisions over transfers.
Having been appointed last month, Eddie Howe has won just one game in charge at St James’ Park, drawing two and losing four.
Newcastle are expected to make significant investment in their squad in January as they look to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
A huge number of players have been linked, including Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman, the Lille centre-back.
Ginola, who made 75 appearances in two years at Newcastle, is concerned his former club could make a mess of things if they don’t think carefully about the sort of player they will look to bring to the club.
“We need to wait a little bit because we have new owners, new investors,” he told the talkSPORT.
“It is not going to be in a few weeks or in a few months, we’re thinking about three, four, five years.
“Obviously they are very proud of the club, they look forward to the new investment that will be made for the club.
“It’s going to be difficult but I hope they are not going to use people within the club that are going to use silly investments.
“The main thing is to retrieve what is good on the pitch, the way of playing football.
“The players need to be devoted to the club and not just about wages.
“It’s relevant to say that the next year is crucial for the club, in terms of who they’re going to appoint as people who will decide in the name of Newcastle.
“Otherwise it’s going to be a shambles or a mess.
“They need people making the right decisions at the right time.”
Howe needs to turn the club’s fortunes around swiftly, but has become irritated by VAR decisions deemed to have gone against his side in recent games.
He wants “clarity” over the use of VAR: “I’m just slightly confused about the use of VAR. Initially when VAR was introduced, it was used regularly to try to get the right decision because ultimately that’s what we’re all after, we’re all after the right decision at that moment. But for some reason, I think the use has been diluted.
“All we’re asking for is just some clarity on the decisions, really, and how the officials at the time, whether it’s on the pitch or the use of VAR, have come to those decisions. That’s all we’re asking for.”