Freddy Shepherd, the former Chairman of Newcastle, is first and foremost a fan of Newcastle United, born and raised in Byker.
Freddy Shepherd – a Newcastle fan first and foremost
And you can have different opinions about how he performed as Chairman of Newcastle, but it’s hard to argue he doesn’t have the good of the club at heart.
And Freddy has rightly said today that it would be catastrophic for both the club and the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne itself, if the club, which is currently third from bottom in the Premier League, gets relegated.
However, Freddy seems upbeat that if the club does go down, he thinks Mike Ashley, the club owner, who has come in for more than a little criticism from Shepherd and the Newcastle fans and this blog, will invest to take the club straight back up.
Speaking to Sky Sports News today, Shepherd said:
“You’ve got to remember we’ve been in the Premier League for 15 years and when they see us struggling like this, everybody wants to have a shot at Newcastle,”
“But at the end of the day, we are where we are and we’ll get out of this.” “It would be and it would be bad for the .”
“We have huge business interests in the city so it wouldn’t be any good for us either so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that we stay up.”
And Shepherd was asked if he thought there was a suitable plan in place, should Newcastle go down and the former Chairman, who still has a house near Paddy Freemans, replied:
“Yes I’m sure Mike will put the money in to invest in the team and get the team back up if they do go down but as I say, I’m confident they will stay up.”
“Shearer is the right man for the job but perhaps he was brought in a little too late but time will tell on that.” “But I’m confident whatever happens he’s the future manager for Newcastle.”
The fact that Alan is now running the club is the saving grace for lots of Newcastle fans, and if we can stay up, then this summer will be a very exciting time for Newcastle fans, as Shearer tries to rebuild the squad.
We’ve thought a lot about how Mike will handle the finances should Newcastle be relegated and it’s quite a financial and business challenge for him and the club. We’ll need to unload a number of our high earners, but then who we can keep, and who we would want to keep, is an open question.
But should the mother of all disasters happen, we’re sure a number of players will immediately be put up for transfer, and of course players like Owen and Viduka have contracts that will run our at thew end of June, and they will not be renewed.
The club could very easily save a fortune on wages, because we’ll not even miss a lot of the high wage earners currently at the club like Cacapa, Viduka, Geremi, Xisco and even Coloccini.
We’re overpaying our players so we’ll need to reduce the wage bill in the summer, whatever happens.
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