Shepherd Slams Newcastle Transfer Policy – Ashley Let Down

Newcastle are in a very serious situation right now with only 24 points from 29 games played and we are second bottom of the league.

You have to consider last summer that this season’s goals set were the highest since owner Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.

The goals for this season were to finish in the top eight in the league and to win a cup.

We were knocked out at the second hurdle of the League Cup and the first hurdle – for the fourth time running – of the FA Cup and we are currently second bottom of the league.

So it’s been another nightmare season for the very long-suffering fans, coming off  last season, when we survived only on the final day of the season.

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Freddy Shepherd – Ashley will feel let down

Freddy Shepherd has talked about the way Newcastle are run at the moment – especially with the transfers – and it’s not good and we already know that.

The club has been a  complete shambles for the last couple of years and as Alan Shearer has recently said – it’s a mess from top to bottom and that about sums it up.

The goings on last week with McClaren, who was kept in his job and took three training sessions until Friday morning when Rafa Benitez was finally brought in,  simply shamed this great club.

This is some of what Freddy has said on Alan Brazil’s breakfast show on talkSPORT:

“I think the players have got to take responsibility for this. I’ve said it before, I think some of them are not fit for purpose for the Premier League.”

“I think fans are happy to see anybody in there who’s got a bit of credentials and Benitez has certainly got them.“I think fans are happy to see anybody in there who’s got a bit of credentials and Benitez has certainly got them.”

“I agree Sunderland do seem to have more goals in them, but I think Rafa is going to turn it around. I hope he turns it around.”

“At home we’ve got a great chance to beat Sunderland, I honestly believe that. It looks pretty dismal for Newcastle at the moment, but we’ll come through. I think Sunderland is the biggest game of the season for us, without a doubt.

“The foreign players don’t understand the derby. Simple, no. but they will do at the weekend. This is a huge game for both clubs, and if we lose against Sunderland I think we’re in real trouble.

“At the moment we’ve got an escape route, and we’ll start to go along that with a win in the Sunderland game. I am confident they will win. But if we don’t win in Newcastle we’ve got real problems.”

“I just hope that when we do stay up – and I’m confident we will – that they change the policy of bringing players in. The scout brings the players in and I think it should be the manager, and then the board decide the deal.”

“I think Mike Ashley will feel let down. To be fair to the guy he has put the money in. Who can you blame for it? It’s got to go back to who brought the players in.”

“I think some of these players may have been good enough in their leagues, but they ain’t good enough in the Premier League. It’s the best in the world.”

The Board have to take responsibility for what’s happened this season, since they are the ones that have brought in the players for £82M and they kept McClaren in his job until it’s a pretty hopeless situation.

We spent £82M and yet still have a weak defense and no recognized Premier League striker – both of which are hurting the team this season.

It was Lee Charnley who chose both of the last two head coaches – John Carver and Steve McClaren – and they have been complete and unmitigated disasters for the club with the following records over the last two seasons.

John Carver record.

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Steve McClaren record.

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Those records don’t include the cup games which would make their records even worse.

Just in the league games we had only 9 wins in 47 games and a goal difference of -42 with only 37 points gained.

What a disgrace.


Ashley will feel let down – yes – but he was the one who appointed the Board and the members last summer and they have demonstrated this season they simply have no idea what they are doing – and that’s the main reason we are in the dire position we are right now.

If we are relegated that will cost us maybe £150M in the first year alone – that’s a huge loss because of mistakes made in the running of the club.

And saving the best for last the good news is that is all behind us now and we are really hoping Rafa Benitez can save us from relegation this season and start to repair the damage done.

He’s the perfect man to put us back on track.

If we can only keep Rafa Benitez at the club – whatever happens – he will have us become a much better club and also a very strong team very quickly – and maybe back to some real success.

And given a little time he will also get us a trophy – and that’s something we can hardly remember – since it was way back in 1969 – 47 years ago – the last time we won one of those things – the Inter-City Fairs Cup.

It’s been a disaster for the last two years but there is now some real hope with Rafa Benitez at the helm.