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.
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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