When Sir Bobby Robson speaks, most fans listen, and today he says he has sympathy for Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – sympathy from Bobby
The former Ipswich, England and Newcastle manager, who did wonders at Newcastle, and is one of the best English football managers ever, wrote in his Mail on Sunday column this morning:
I never thought I’d feel sorry for Mike Ashley, but I do. He put his faith in the wrong men – and they have let him down badly.” “There can be no apology for some of Ashley’s decisions.
“He picked out-of-touch managers Kevin Keegan and Joe Kinnear, and his decision to appoint Dennis Wise as executive director of football was a complete disaster.”
“But I have sympathy with him because, unlike a lot of big-time owners, Ashley did not stick his nose in and interfere. All he did was bring in who he thought were football people and trusted them to do the right thing.”
“It is their fault, not his, that they wasted millions of pounds on bad players.” “Wise, his cohort Tony Jimenez and Kinnear were all out of their depth, and that is why the club are in such a mess and relying on an unlikely result at Liverpool today to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive.”
“I remember asking Ashley soon after the club signed Kevin Nolan in January what homework had been done on the player?” “I wanted to know how many times he had been scouted and what reports had been done of him. Ashley shrugged, he genuinely didn’t know the answer.”
No comments there about Alan Shearer but we know Alan has spoken to Bobby a number of times, to get his advice and guidance in his fledgling Newcastle management career.
Newcastle stand on the precipice of disaster right now, and there will be problems at the club if we do in fact go down. But as we’ve said before, things sometimes have to get worse before they get better in this life.
With Alan Shearer at the helm we have hope for the future, whatever our final fate on May 24th.
Hope springs eternal.