We didn’t always agree with how Freddy Shepherd ran the club when he was Chairman for 10 years from December 1st, 2007, but being born and bred on Tyneside, Freddy always had sky-high ambitions for the club, but overspent on many supposed star players.
Freddy Shepherd – uncertainty is not good for the fans
However, he knows what makes Newcastle fans tick, because he’s one himself, and during the week he made some good comments in the press about the latest Newcastle crisis – the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, which came completely out of the blue one week ago today – and we’re all still recovering form the shock.
This is what Freddy said bout Joe leaking the news last Sunday – two days before it was officially announced by the club:
“It wasn’t handled the best.” “I’ve never seen a manager or Director of Football announce he’s taken the job before the club does.” “Ashley has got a big business there with Newcastle, and it’s silly not to include everyone in it, as the supporters are the most important thing.”
“In most football clubs, certainly big football clubs like Newcastle, nobody really owns it, you are just passing through.” “Someone else is going to get it eventually, and it’s important you treat it with respect.”
“I think what the supporters really need is some certainty there.” “The club should come out, and make it quite clear what’s happened as the last few days, it seems very murky the whole thing.”
“Why don’t they just come out and say this or that, rather than staying behind a wall?” “Come out and say this is what we’re doing, and who knows, it might work and it might be the best thing that’s happened, I don’t know.”
“But to have uncertainty is the last thing that supporters want.”
Hopefully the meting between fans and Newcastle officials tomorrow night, can get some of Freddy’s questions answered, and we hope so because fans don’t know what’s going on.
And that’s unfortunately a pattern that keeps repeating itself with Mike Ashley as owner of the club.
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