Peter Beardsley has come out today in support of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, which he also did in late December, just before Mike announced he was in fact not selling the club.
Derek Llambias with Mike Ashley at a game
Today Peter says his opinion is his own, and was formed after talking to key players at the club, and some members in the Newcastle boardroom, including Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Dennis Wise.
Peter played with fire today, as he made his opinions very clear, which of course is his right:
“I am entitled to my opinion,” “The fans know where I’m coming from – they know this has been my club all of my life.”
“If in five to 10 years’ time Mike Ashley’s not here, I will still be a Newcastle fan. I’m lucky, I’ve had conversations with Mike Ashley, so I know how positive he is towards the future.”
“I’ve also had conversations with Derek Lambias, Dennis Wise and Richard Money, and the club has a positive future.” “We all know it hinges on the first team being successful – but if they survive, I don’t see us being in a relegation battle ever again.”
“While Mike Ashley is at the club, I don’t see us ever being in this situation again. Circumstances have put us in this position – injuries to key players like Martins, Owen and Viduka have had a massive impact.”
“That would decimate any team – just look how Arsenal struggled this season without their top players.”
Like most things on Tyneside, the view on Mike Ashley is black or white.
What we mean by that, are the opinions of the fans on the man are either completely one way – or the opposite.
In general, either Newcastle fans think Mike is only trying to do his best at the club, and he has run into some problems, probably because of his inexperience in running a football club, but he’s learning and has admitted the mistakes, which he says he will not make again.
Other fans think he’s the very worst thing to happen to Newcastle, and he’s only in it for the money.
Whatever you think, we will have Ashley running the club for the next few seasons in all likelihood, and we would hope that after this terrible season, Mike will assist Joe Kinnear and the staff, in recruiting some great players and youngsters to the club, so that come September our squad will be both bigger and much better than last season.
If he can do that then Mike can start showing by his actions, that he really does have the good of Newcastle United at heart.
Comments welcome – but please keep them decent – thanks.