Some good and accurate comments from Kevin Keegan today on the situation at Newcastle, now that owner Mike Ashley has made another two horrendous blunders this week.
Chris, Kevin and Terry while Keegan was Newcastle manager
We have another huge problem on Tyneside, just like two years ago, because Mike Ashley has made it very clear this week – that he just doesn’t care one little bit about Newcastle fans – and he’s going to run the Newcastle club his way.
It’s almost like he looks on the Newcastle fans as the enemy.
Mike – the Newcastle fans are your customers and should be treated with a minimum of respect.
Mike doesn’t seem to have the first clue about what football is all about, but when you’re a billionaire it seem sthat gives him the right to do whatever he pleases – but there’s something terribly wrong about that.
But Kevin Keegan said something very interesting today:
” Deep down, Newcastle fans know they are in a difficult situation because at the moment the man who owns the club doesn’t really want it; he has said that publicly.””Ashley wants to sell , but also wants to make money and in the current financial climate that will be difficult.”
“Newcastle are in a bit of a corner at the moment, but one thing the fans will do is support the team.”
“The current situation is not the fault of the players, and they will be supported from the stands providing that they give the effort required when you wear that famous shirt.”
“However, Newcastle fans are never going to get behind the current regime, because they have seen too much evidence of things they don’t like.”
It seemed that Ashley didn’t want to sell, and when there were rumors that Freddy Shepherd was leading a consortium to buy out Newcastle recently – the club denied it – and the statement said the club wasn’t even for sale.
But now Newcastle are back in the Premier League they are certainly worth a lot more than they were last season, but just how much is hard to gauge.
But the last thing we want is for Mike to again put the club up for sale – that will turn out to be another disaster – and there has to be a concern that the turmoil at the club will again affect the playing staff, and that has to be a major concern at the moment.
Probably the very best thing we can hope for is that somebody comes along with a decent offer for the club, and covers Ashley’s investment in the club and he sells – and gets out of Toon.
But that’s not going to be easy because Liverpool was sold for £300M recently, and that will put Newcastle’s price in comparison much lower than that.
But maybe we should start praying every night that Ashley sells the club – and then another prayer that somebody comes in with a decent offer. Both of those might just do the trick. 😀
We know fans will be protesting tomorrow and it’s understandable, given the anguish that now abounds, that they feel they have to do something – otherwise the man will continue to walk all over Newcastle fans and bring the club into disrepute.
But Mike’s done exactly that this week – and that’s after Chris was doing so well in resurrecting the good name of Newcastle United.
Mike seems to be running rough shod, not only over the Newcastle fans, but also over the good name of the club.
But Ashley is thick-skinned to be sure, and maybe will not even be at the game tomorrow. That will be true if he shows the same courage that Derek LLambias showed yesterday – when the Managing Director didn’t even turn up at the press conference.
It was his job to be there, however uncomfortable it may have been for him.
If Ashley was ever on his way back in popularity at Newcastle, he just shot himself in the foot this week – but it was worse than that – he shot his leg off.
It’s hard to think Mike can ever win over Newcastle fans and to think many fans were thinking (hoping?) he had got a lot better over the last 18 months – but then he sacks the man who saved him and the club during that time.
He’s been a complete disaster and embarrassment to the Newcastle United Football Club during his tenure.
And nobody can put a good argument up against that statement – because it’s the truth.
And Aston Villa fans thought Doug Ellis was bad.