It’s fair to say that Peter Beardsley has been a big supporter of Mike Ashley, ever since Mike first bought the Newcastle club in the summer of 2007.
Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – both are brilliant
And only recently Beardsley was promoted from the Newcastle Reserve team manager spot to a much broader and higher paying role of Football Development Manager, where his task is to identify fresh new talent for Newcastle United.
Of course things have hardly been smooth sailing for Ashley since he arrived, and there have been a number of controversies and decisions which have really upset the Newcastle fans.
The latest one is the decision to rename St. James’ Park, and Ashley and his top Executive at the club, Derek LLambias, are hoping to sell the naming rights of the stadium to some company.
Newcastle are hoping to get £10M a year in new revenues from this, and it’s also true that Newcastle have done better than we could have ever imagined, since the club was relegated in May of 2009, just two years after Mike Ashley had arrived at Newcastle.
Of course Alan Pardew has received glowing reports on his stewardship of the club as manager since December of 2010, but Peter wants to also ensure his two bosses – Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – also get the credit.
With Newcastle sitting in 6th position in the league, it’s not the first time that Peter Beardsley has come out and praised the Newcastle owner, and he was even supportive of Ashley during the Kevin Keegan debacle in September of 2008.
This is what Beardsley had to say:
“Ashley is different class, I have to say. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been given the support he deserves, but now people are starting to realise the club is on an even keel and going in the right direction.”
“I have to say – obviously I am biased and it will always be my club – the club is going in the right direction.” “We have got a brilliant owner, a brilliant managing director, a brilliant manager.”
“And if you have got those three who are really positive, you must have a chance.”
When Alan Pardew first arrived at Newcastle, he was hardly welcomed by the Newcastle fans, as he had replaced a very popular manager in Chris Hughton – although that had nothing to do with Alan Pardew.
And Chris had done a terrific job over the previous 18 months in getting Newcastle promoted from being down and out in the summer of 2009, and in December, 2010, we were sitting in the middle of the league table, when Chris was suddenly sacked.
But 15 months on and Alan Pardew is now trying to have Newcastle qualify for a Europa League spot next season, and if the lads can finish in 7th position in the league, then we think there’s a very good possibility we will get that 3rd Europa League spot for English clubs.
Peter was asked about qualifying for Europe:
“That would be nice.” “The good thing is, that’s not my problem, that’s the manager’s job. But to be fair, he has done an incredible job, he really has done an incredible job. Everybody around the place likes him.”
“The Geordies, he would probably be the first one to admit, they didn’t want him initially, but they have been pleasantly surprised, and onwards and upwards.”
Newcastle are in 6th position in the league a couple of points above Liverpool, and 7 points above 8th placed Sunderland, and we have a great chance of getting our first win in 5 games on Sunday afternoon, when Norwich City are the visitors to St. James’ Park.
And with a brilliant owner, a brilliant chief executive and a brilliant manager, you have to think we can do that now.
It would be a brilliant win. 😀