Alan Shearer didn’t have a happy time of it as the manager of Newcastle for those last eight games of the season back in 2009, when we could only get 5 points from the 24 on offer, and we were relegated when we lost 1-0 at Aston Villa in the final game of the season.
That was Mike Ashley’s second season in charge of Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – Mike Ashley has killed Newcastle’s ambitions
And Alan Shearer’s short-term contract was not renewed by Mike Ashley, and eventually Chris Hughton took over – basically because another manager was not appointed.
But Alan Shearer has come out tonight and told some home truths about Mike Ashley’s reign at the club as the owner for almost eight years.
Alan has said that Ashley has basically killed the club’s ambitions and those of the fans.
This is what Alan said:
“There is no excitement, no anticipation,” “It takes its toll, even on the most loyal fans in the country. Fans want to dream their team can be successful, whether that’s in a domestic cup competition or in Europe.”
“Newcastle fans at the minute are showing why they are some of the best around, because they can’t dream. They’ve been told the cups aren’t a priority, that finishing 10th in the Premier League is more important.”
“Over the last few years, they’ve been knocked out of the cup competitions early and they’ve been happy to do that, year after year,”
“When you look at the teams that are left in the FA Cup this year, but also the year before when Hull got to the final and Wigan Athletic before that.”
“Bradford, Reading ,West Brom, Blackburn and Villa are in the quarter-finals this year and Newcastle are out. They must look at it now and think ‘God, why not us’. Except the thing is, they probably don’t.”
“That’s the most disappointing thing. That’s where we are now with Newcastle. They told us the league is the main priority and the cups aren’t a priority. But that’s what fans dream of, a trip to Wembley, of playing in Europe. Newcastle can’t win the Premier League.”
“I think the fans are going at the moment because that’s what they always do.” “It’s what their parents did, it’s what they want to do with their kids. It’s the way they’ve always spent their weekends.”
“They save their money up all week so they can go to the football match at the weekend. It’s a cultural thing. They want to go and they want to be entertained, but they aren’t at the moment.”
“I think there are a lot of people thinking about giving up their season tickets. I can only talk about my own experience, but I’ve got friends who have paid for a box at St James’ Park for years and they are talking about giving it up.”
“Unless the club are going to bring in a load of exciting players in the summer, which is highly unlikely when you look at the way it’s been run, then I think people might look at giving up. I can only tell you what my mates are thinking about doing because of the lack of hope at the minute.”
“I’d dearly love us to have a cup run, I’d dearly love us to get to Wembley again, I’d much rather that than just finish in mid-table year after year.”
“It’s not going to happen because we’ve played a weakened team in every cup game. They’ve been playing weakened teams in cup competitions since 2007.”
It has been 11 years since the Magpies last played in the Champions League. It has been 16 since they reached a cup final and a decade has passed since they even managed a semi-final appearance.”
“Eight of those years have come with Ashley in control of the boardroom.
Newcastle will release their financial results this coming week, and fans are going to wonder how come we didn’t spend money in the January transfer window, when on £129.5M revenues, we should have made at least around 30% of that in pure profits.
Instead we have a decimated squad that wasn’t strengthened last month, and we are basically limping to the end of the season as best we can, with so few players available.
The Board will have some explaining to do when the financial results are released – that’s if they bother to say anything at all.
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