Peter Beardsley has today come out in support on Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner.
Peter Beardsley – supports the Newcastle owner
Peter Beardsley, who is well respected on Tyneside as a former great player and local lad believes Mike has been treated unfairly and that his heart is in the right place.
This is what Peter told the BBC:
“He didn’t come here to fail and he has put a lot of money into the club, so credit to him,”
“Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out but I’m a little bit disappointed he has to walk away.”
“His heart was in the right place. Maybe he didn’t always show it in the right way but I think he really cared about Newcastle.”
“Ashley is trying to do the right thing,” “He’s always tried to do the right thing, but it’s hard, because Newcastle is Newcastle and unless you’re used to that part of the world it does take a bit of getting used to.”
“I feel a sorry for him. But he’ll sort it out and hopefully everybody will be happy with the conclusion.” “We have a passion that probably isn’t equaled anywhere,” “If you look at the lack of success – and that’s not Mike’s fault – the support is unbelievable. They’ve been there through thin and thin.”
“I don’t think the fans are the problem – they care. They used their power and Mike has decided to walk away. But I think that’s a shame, I really do.” “Ashley might be at the club a while yet,” “And if he is he should be allowed to watch the games.”
“It’s his club and he has spent a huge amount trying to make us a force, first by clearing debts and then for transfers.” “It might not even be too later for Mike. If he brings success as an owner the fans could still forgive him. Geordies are like that.”
Peter has a point, and we don’t believe some of the made up stories about Mike, because we think he is a good guy, when push copmes to shove.
But our beef with Mike is that he allowed individuals to get in the way of the club’s progress, and the following actions have crippled our club.
Why allow an argument about who is in charge lead Kevin Keegan to leave, and why couldn’t
he have just given Kevin control of the transfers. After all there are many statements from the Board members that say Kevin had the final say on that, in any case.
We have allowed people’s opinions to come before the club, and that is what Ashley has allowed to happen as the owner.
If Mike reversed that decision, said he would back Keegan and let him have control of transfers, and patched everything up, in our minds he could be accepted back as owner of the club.
They could then take these events of the last two weeks as one huge learning lesson, and that’s actually what we thought and hoped would happen after Kevin did resign.
But it may be too late for that, and we may still be in complete denial about the whole business.