Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley has urged fans to support owner Mike Ashley as he tries to rehabilitate Newcastle United together with manager Joe Kinnear.
Peter Beardsley – while playing at Newcastle United
The billionaire businessman announced yesterday morning that not only had he taken the Newcastle United club off the market but he was going to stay on as owner.
Newcastle supporters are still not too sure about Ashley, but Peter Beardsley has urged them to get behind Ashley as he attempts to get rebuild the club:
“It’s good news. I have never had a problem with Mike Ashley.”
“He came here with the right intentions, and now with the transfer window about to open, hopefully it is good news for us.”
“He never wanted to leave this club. He always wanted to be here, he wants to be back among the fans, and hopefully he will get the chance to do that now.”
“I hope the fans react in the right way. I think it is very positive, I think it’s good news.” “We are a big club and we need a big owner, and he is certainly that.”
“When you look at all the foreign owners – and there are some good ones, don’t get me wrong – we have an English owner and that’s a great thing.”
“We can go forward now in a positive vein.” “They have brought some good youngsters in, and long may that continue.” “But the most important thing is the first team at the moment.”
“(Manager] Joe (Kinnear] is doing a brilliant job in that respect and we are moving up the league, which is a great thing.” “If we could get the academy on the back of that, that would be perfect.”
Beardsley’s sentiments were also supported by Bobby Moncur, the last Newcastle captain to lift a major trophy, back in 1969, when we won the then named Inter-City Fairs Cup, when Joe Harvey was manager.
Bobby Moncur – club needs stability
“It’s a good thing. Stability is crucial at a football club and I think Mike has made the right decision.”
“If he goes one step further when he comes back and tells the fans exactly how things are going to be, I think he will find them a forgiving bunch.”
“Mike has to be praised for the fact he has put the club on a sound financial footing.”
“Maybe people can’t see the benefits of that at the moment, but over the next three or four years, that could be crucial for this club.”
We are just fed up with the last four months as the fans, the owner and the Newcastle Board have certainly not been pulling in the same direction, and the Newcastle club has suffered.
Mike can show what his intentions are, by backing Joe in the January transfer market, and if we can get in say 5 new players that would be a good start.
Another thing Mike can do immediately is to bring back Chris Mort as Chairman of the club, and if Chris is willing to do that on a long term basis, what is Mike waiting for?
So we’ll see where we end up at the end of January, but this is a good opportunity for Mike to show the fans his determination to turnaround Newcastle United.