Former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd says he is very worried about the current situation at the club, where the team seems to be going to hell in a hand-basket under John Carver, and Shepherd does not think the boycott on Sunday was very helpful.
Freddy Shepherd – boycott not the answer
At the best of times we wouldn’t have had much chance of beating Spurs, not in the form we’ve been in this year, so we didn’t expect anything out of the game yesterday.
And that’s exactly what we got – nothing – but the game coming up against Swansea is another matter, and we could get 3 points in that game – although it will not be easy.
Leicester beat Swansea City at home over the weekend to get their third win on the trot, and get as many points in those three games as we have had all season in 14 league games.
This is what Freddy Shepherd told Sky Sports News HQ today:
“I’m really worried, but I think a boycott’s not going to be the answer. I don’t think it helps anybody.”
“We need to get behind John Carver and the team. Doing a boycott isn’t going to help that team. They’re lacking confidence and they need every supporter behind them.”
“Mike Ashley’s a very clever guy,” “There’s no doubt about it – he’s a great businessman, so he knows what he’s doing.”
“I think in the summer you’ll see a big change in Newcastle, because he’ll not want his assets to depreciate, so I’m confident he’s going to come out in the summer and spend some money and get some players in.”
It was the lowest attendance of the season, but only a few hundred less than the game against Stoke, and 2,000 less than the game against Manchester United – but it did send a message to Mike Ashley.
And of course Mike Ashley is going to buy some players in the summer and we’re sure that will happen, although we’ll have trouble getting our top targets on Tyneside – simply because we have no European football to offer top players, and we wont even mention the lack of ambition.
But Freddy is missing the point just a little bit – Ashley will do that because he wants to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League, but only because he wants to continue to use the club as a word-wide advertising board for his Sports Direct company.
Mike has no big ambitions that we’ve seen to build a top team to challenge for the top six in the Premier League and make Newcastle great again.
That’s what some of us older folk want to see, with time starting to run out for some of us.
And that’s what Geordie fans want to see – young and old – not having Newcastle finish below the middle of the table every season – which has happened in all but one season under Mike Ashley.
It’s not good enough – not for Newcastle United.
We hope the local fans can support the team on Saturday, and maybe we can even get a full house – and get the win we desperately need, before things get too bad in the league table.
The last thing we want this season is to get relegated again – that would be a disaster for everybody.