Mike Ashley and Chris Mort criticized the financials a lot when they first took over Newcastle United in May, 2007.
Freddy Shepherd – taking his chance to rewrite history
And of course the individual who was pinpointed was former Chairman Freddy Shepherd, and Freddy is taking his opportunity today to blast Mike for taking the club down.
He’s doing it now while he has the chance because a Newcastle win on Sunday, will likely see the club survive, although that is looking increasingly unlikely.
Freddy Shepherd said today:
“Relegation would be an absolute disaster in terms of corporate and the crowd. It took us 12-15 years to get a big ground, a great academy and a good set of players. We left and all of a sudden there’s a disaster. And you can’t make a profit out of a disaster.”
“One thing that is really upsetting is the whingeing that is going on. They blame everyone but themselves. They have to look at themselves and say ‘what have we done wrong here’ and not start blaming other people. It annoys me that they seem to blame me all the time.”
“Every year we were there we made a profit. There is only one person to blame and that’s the guy who decides who is going to run the club.” “Lots of people can buy football clubs but not many can run them. I think he is a great businessman for the sports retail side but as far as running a football club is concerned there is a lot left to be desired.”
“I would have had a new manager as soon as Joe Kinnear fell ill but then again I would never have picked Joe as manager.” “If I was running the club they wouldn’t be in this position and I’m not trying to be big-headed.” “I don’t think anyone would disagree it was a shambles before Alan Shearer came in.”
“It would be sickening if we went down. It will be like climbing a mountain to get back to where we were from the Championship. That’s when you need experience to get back up, not people who have never been in a football club in their life before.”
This is Freddy attempting to rewrite history a little bit, but we know Freddy is first and foremost a Newcastle United fan, born and bred in Byker.
He will no doubt be devastated just like the rest of us on Sunday night.