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Ashley Can Redeem Himself – He Pulled A Rabbit Out Of The Hat

12:16 pm, Saturday, May 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has been talking to The Sun today in an exclusive – and he says that Mike Ashley’s success in persuading Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle by ripping up his past failed structure for the club, is the best bit of business Mike’s ever done at Newcastle.

And Freddy could be right about that.

Ashley has even come in for some praise for getting Rafa to stay – and that’s after we have been relegated for the second time in seven years.

Hopefully this is a sea change at Newcastle United.

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Freddy Shepherd – Mike pulled a rabbit out of the hat

This is some of what Freddy told the Sun:

“It has to go down as the best bit of business Mike Ashley has done since he took over. Mike has pulled a rabbit out of the hat by getting him to stay.”

“It will go some way towards making up for some of the past mistakes. No one is perfect and Mike has made a few wrong turns along the way.”

“There’s no point in keeping having a go at Ashley, that will be counter-productive.” “He’ll have been the first to admit he has got things wrong but this is his way of redeeming himself.”

“We need to forget about the past and focus on the future.”  “They have got the perfect man in charge to get the club back up.

“They needed someone like Rafa to organiZe things in the same way Chris Hughton did the last time we went down — and Rafa ticks all the boxes.”

“He’s got a great track record and he’s got a terrific amount of experience and that will be perfect for the predicament Newcastle find themselves in.”

Those are good words from Freddy and true too.

Our hope is that Lee Charnley will now be the person at Newcastle who works closely with Rafa to get things done at the club – and in a timely manner too.

The two of them certainly seem to get on well and we should see some improvements at the Benton Training grounds even before the players report back to training on June 28th.

We hope that both Ashley and Charnley will fully support the manager, as he attempts to build Newcastle back to being a great club again – brick by brick.

We now have a fairly simple path to success at Newcastle United and we should take it.

Comments welcome.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Might go a way to redeeming you as well Freddy seeing as it was your and your partner in crime that sold to him in the first place.

  • 2 magscar // May 28, 2016 at 12:39 PM


    To be fair Shepherd never wanted to sell up it was Hall that put him in that position and he had no choice as I recall.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Was he not out maneuvered in a board room battle while in hospital or summit. Criminal what he done to SBR mind, that could have been handled way differently.

  • 4 magscar // May 28, 2016 at 12:54 PM


    That was right. As for SBR thought he needed to go but not in that manner and at that stage – could have moved him upstairs at end of previous season and brought in someone under him – Mourinho ? 😉

    Have to go out – later

  • 5 Sav // May 29, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    For Pete’s sake, stop quoting FFS as if the conniving moneyraker was some kind of benign wise advisor whose time as chairman was all halcyon days. They weren’t. He made a fortune out of the sale of NUFC, something Ashley has yet to do and while chairman he paid himself handsomely and packed the board with his family members. For all his faults, Ashley is guilty of none of those, so to have FFS offering comment is rich .

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