Steve Howey, a local lad who played center-back for Newcastle in the 1990s has today come out and pointed all his guns at Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – bizarre behavior since relegation takes some believing
Steve, who was born in Sunderland and is now 37, was at the Newcastle club from 1989 to 2000, and played 191 games with 6 goals, before leaving for Manchester City and Kevin Keegan in 2000.
He told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I felt sorry for Kevin Keegan then and Alan Shearer now.” “When Ashley first came in I heard he was a recluse and didn’t like the limelight.”
“But then I saw him on telly in the middle of all the fans and I was thinking ‘what are you doing?’” “To see him swigging pints back in the away end at Arsenal really looked bad.”
“And I know the talk in football is that he has hardly any respect from fellow clubs for turning up in boardrooms wearing jeans and t-shirts.”
“We have been reduced to a laughing stock.”
It turns out that Steve had First Artists as his first representatives in the game, and they are the agency that has the task of selling any player at all in the current first team squad.
“As it happens ,my first ever agency was First Artists and then I heard that the whole squad was up for sale.”
“That’s an incredible situation really.” “One that would be hard to work with for any manager – but as it stands, Newcastle don’t have a manager.”
“The owner, for whatever reason, hasn’t appointed Al but for me surely it makes the club a more sellable asset by doing so.”
“No matter what manager comes in, having just 20 days to go until the pre-season training starts makes it very difficult.”
“You don’t know what players you will be working with and in terms of bringing players in, what do you do?”
“The owner doesn’t seem like he wants to spend money but competing and having a squad capable of dealing the Championship is vital now.”
“I’m not sure the owner understands that.” “In all fairness you will have players turning up and they might not be giving 100% for the black and white shirt.”
“They know they are just a phonecall away from being elsewhere and that’s not good for Newcastle.”
“To be honest could you say they gave 100% last season?”
“I’m not going to name names but the fans know exactly who I am talking about.” “It’s going to be tough, it’s been said already but every team can’t wait to get up to St James’s Park and put on the game of their lives.”
“They will automatically raise their game 10-15% and they want to get a result.” “And what about the not so good grounds?”
“Will some of the players who end up stranded here want to play there?” “The season is going to be doubly difficult.”
Now with the whole squad up for sale, Howey says he can only look on helplessly in disbelief, as the famous Newcastle club is driven further down, and is the laughing stock and the butt for jokes all over the land right now.
That’s the unfortunate legacy Mike Ashley has left at Newcastle.