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.
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.