Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd believes the club and the fans are the victims of the dispute between Keegan and Ashley, and we have to agree with Freddy – for once.
Freddy Shepherd – fans and club are the losers
Shepherd said today:
“There are no winners in this case. There are only losers – the club and its fans. Kevin Keegan and Mike Ashley are just passing through – it is the institution of Newcastle United that is damaged by this episode.”
“During my time at Newcastle, when a manager left we always managed to sort it out amicably and agree on a settlement.” “And when Ruud Gullit left he agreed to waive all his rights to compensation. Gullit is the most honourable man I have ever met in football.”
“Things weren’t going well and he came to me and told me he had lost the fans. He told me he wanted to go quietly and didn’t want a penny paid into his bank account. There aren’t many men of that calibre in the game. He showed he had true class and integrity.”
And as Bobby Moncur said yesterday, the most important thing is how the team is playing on the field, which is why it was disappointing the team could only manage two draws in the two home games this week – we could have been 7 points clear at the top right now if on;y we could have registered wins against mid-table sides, QPR and Bristol City.
But we’re now 3 points clear, and we have to be satisfied with that!