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Former Newcastle Great On Ashley – It’s Sheer Madness

9:06 am, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Newcastle’s former number 9 Malcolm Macdonald , who is now 64, has been interviewed in the Daily Star today, and he is furious with owner Mike Ashley.

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Supermac – Malcolm Macdonald – it’s sheer madness what Ashley is doing

Macdonald has put the blame for Newcastle’s current situation firmly at the feet of Billionaire owner Mike Ashley, and he is quick to point out it’s not the manager’s fault:

“We all knew Cabaye was going and yet there was nothing done in terms of replacing him. It is an absolute scandal – but it is not Alan Pardew’s fault.”

“It is sheer madness if they think that is the way they should be running the club”   It is not being run in a football fashion.”

“Look at Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City. They do in-and-out business at the same time.”  “If Mike Ashley was to sell all his football boots at his Sports Direct business, wouldn’t he replace them with new stock?”

It’s not Pardew’s fault, but Alan has also been unable to get the best out of the squad he still has available, although the sale of Cabaye has caused some discontent in the dressing room.

It’s a huge challenge for the manager to turn this things around in the final twelve games of the season.

And for the sake of Newcastle United we hope Alan is successful in doing that.

For the record Malcolm Macdonald played for Newcastle from 1971 through 1976, and played 187 games with 95 goals for the club, and wore the famous number 9 shirt.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    John Tudor, dont take that script mate…. Its the cowards way for people who arent adult enough to accept other people’s opinion, let him about fiddling around with that… As I said earlier, he will end up only seeing his own posts anyway, thats the way people like him work.

  • 2 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    For once a great man speaks words of wisdom and hope many take heed of what he is saying.
    I totally agree that even the fans knew that cabs has been after leaving for a couple of seasons now, Which gave the board plenty of time to bring in a replacement. Which im sure Carr made up a quality list but again proven to be a waste of time

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Ciro Immobile to be our next #9

  • 4 hibbit // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    john TDS works for ash in the spine smoke mirrows dept

  • 5 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I have to admit, that I dont give allot for supermacs views normally. But here he speaks some sense, and it just goes to show that something is very wrong at NUFC.

  • 6 yorkymag // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    As usual malcom states the bleeding obvious as thou he has discovered America
    What is certain we are in a bit of a pickle and the press are now seeing an opportunity of pay back time for the way the Ashley regime have treated them over the last few years
    The clamours from the red tops for blood will provide some real insight into what is going on in the fat controllers mind
    If he gets rid of Pardew who will replace him etc etc
    No one has a clue and I understand many saying be careful what you wish for but the only real answer for me is a new owner anything else is simply moving the deck chairs on the ships deck

  • 7 hibbit // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    on a sinking ship

  • 8 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Looking ahead to summer 2014

    It’s mid-February and since our season is stuttering to a depressing halt I decided to look ahead to the summer in the hope I’d find something, anything I could cling on to. Instead I’ve sunk even further into the mire.
    If you think the next few months are depressing just wait until the transfer window comes around. The rebuilding job needed is mammoth. Just take a look at the certain and near certain departures:

    Yohan Cabaye

    I know that Yohan has already left us, but our inability to replace him during January despite the fact we had FOUR F*****G MONTHS to make contingency plans means his shadow will loom large over the summer. He was without any doubt our most important player and it’ll be nigh on impossible to find someone of Cabaye’s quality who can make the instant impact required, especially with Ashley keeping a close eye on the purse strings. GONE

    Loic Remy

    The only striker we have who has proven he can find the back of the net on a regular basis isn’t officially ours. When Remy finds himself travelling back down to that London come the end of the season he’ll have better offers on the table than the one forthcoming from ourselves. If the rumours of Arsenal being interested in him are true then we better not get too used to the sight of him in black and white. GOING

    Shola Ameobi

    He’s never going to be the biggest miss in the world but he’s still another body. Shola’s inevitable departure will further deplete our attacking options, an area where we’re already woefully short of players. GOING

    Dan Gosling

    Okay, we’re not going to miss him that much. GOING

    Papiss Cisse

    If you play for Newcastle United don’t tread on the toes of the owner. The players’ committee found that out during our first season back in the Premier League when they complained about their bonus package. Cisse’s refusal to wear the Wonga shirt earlier in the campaign may have been resolved amicably but his exclusion from the squad suggests everything isn’t alright. We’ve been trying to drum up interest all winter and I’m sure we’ll continue into the summer until we find someone willing to pay the £10 million we want. GOING

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Infrequently brilliant, HBA’s Newcastle career is coming to a disappointing end. Reduced to cameo roles and now playing the worst football of his time on Tyneside he is due to enter the final year of his deal this summer. He’ll have plenty of suitors and we’re unlikely to either hand him a new deal or keep hold of him for another 12 months. We’ll take the money and run but hey, we’ll still have the memories. GOING

    Fabriccio Coloccini

    Coloccini is now spending more time on the sidelines than on the pitch. His desire to go back to Argentina remains. At what point do the hierarchy decide to cut their losses rather than keep a crocked, unhappy club captain? I worry 2014 will be the last we’ll see of the best defender Newcastle has had in decades. PROBABLY GOING

    Steven Taylor

    Good f******g riddance. PROBABLY, HOPEFULLY GOING

    Luuk De Jong
    The consensus is that we’ve struck a deal to sign De Jong after his loan ends, but we heard the same with Remy and that turned out to be untrue. If Luuk doesn’t begin to find the net would we still shell out the £6 million required to sign him or do we send him back to Germany citing our consumer rights. WHO KNOWS

    See? Terrifying. More likely than not we’re going into the summer needing to replace the entire spine of our team in addition to a host of other first team and fringe players.
    So how much is buying adequate replacements going to set us back? In this writer’s completely uninformed opinion that’s at least £40 million of quality footballer potentially f*******g off out of the door. Will we spend that? Nee chance.
    I hope you’ve secured your seats at St James’ Park for relegation battle 2014/15.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    If I got paid every time you lot moaned about Ashley and pardew, Christ I could buy the club myself

  • 10 yorkymag // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Welsh
    Fo gods sake no
    I’ll stick

  • 11 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Welsh
    I think we have good reason to be unhappy pal with whats happening at the club. Do you think its acceptable to asset strip the club ??Do you think its acceptable to constantly sell your best player every season ??

  • 12 catchy in norway // Feb 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    shut up old man

  • 13 Lee Dodd // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    That’s Supermac banned From St James Then !!!!

  • 14 Lee Dodd // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    The Latest Craze with Mile Ashley is If you are a Fan of Newcastle United and you are very old and are so Ill You Let your Son or Grandson Use your Ticket then what they do Is Confiscate your Ticket… Some People we know the Old Boy Is Ill His sun went on Wednesday Night They Asked to see His season Ticket and Chucked Him Out … No Loyalty to the Fans so this summer the season Ticket sales will drop Like a stone..

  • 15 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I am no Fan of Supermac but what he is saying here is absolutely right and correct!

    Ashley is a rotten apple at the club, and while he,s here the club will go backwards fast!

  • 16 Mag52 // Feb 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Spot on Supermac. Alan Pardew has been copping flack for far too long for the team’s slump in form, wheras in actual fact his attempts at putting together a consistently successful team are continually being hamstrung by the owner. The latest damn fool decision being to sell our second top goal scorer, the man who had taken over the captaincy and, above all, the one real star of the team whose presence at NUFC was instrumental in a number of others joining us.
    Not only has his sale hit team morale, but has indicated to one and all that Ashley has no ambitions for our club, so what incentive is there for the players to perform at their best week in, week out?
    If Pardew manages to turn this around by the end of the season he will certainly justify some of the glowing tributes written about him.

  • 17 peterk3 // Feb 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Anyone who slags Supermac off are either too young to remember him in full flight for Newcastle, or are just mouthing off for the sake of it. If we could sign another Supermac we wouldn’t be in this siht we are in now.

  • 18 John Tudor // Feb 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

  • 19 John Tudor // Feb 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

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