Lou Macari is the former great Manchester United player (404 appearances – 94 goals) and Scottish International (25 caps) who was also the manager of Stoke City a couple of times from 1991-1993 and then from 1993 through 1997.
That may help explain some of his weird comments on the Ryan Shawcross potential transfer this summer to Newcastle.
The news today is that Ryan has turned down a new contract offer from Stoke and there is news that Stoke are starting to look for a replacement for their 29 year-old captain, who could well become a Newcastle player this summer.
Former Manchester United great Lou Macari
This is what the 67 year-old has told the Stoke Sentinel about Shawcross’ potential move to Newcastle:
“You can never be sure in this day and age, but I’d be amazed if Ryan Shawcross lined up at the start of next season in the black-and-white stripes of Newcastle and not the red-and-white stripes of Stoke City.”
“Gone are the days when a good Stoke player could be lured away by the promise of a much higher wage elsewhere.”
“No disrespect to Newcastle, but I can’t see the attraction of them right now if I’m Ryan Shawcross.
“Newly-promoted to the Premier League means they are in for a difficult time next season, while Newcastle is an awful long way north if you and your family are settled in this area.”
“And I understand that Ryan and his young family are well settled in these parts that they know so well.” “He’s on a sensational wage already at Stoke and I’m sure remains hugely valued by the club and the fans.”
“Ryan has made a big name for himself over many years with Stoke City and that has to count for something.”
“It may or may not be a coincidence that this story linking Ryan with Newcastle appeared with him having just over a year left on his current contract at Stoke and with new contract talks probably in the pipeline.
“I’m sure that if Peter Coates read that article he won’t have pressed the panic button and ordered immediate talks to get a contract signed and sealed as soon as possible.”
“He knows stories like that appear at certain times and he will be relaxed about the club going at the right speed to do well by their captain.”
He may be on a sensational wage at Stoke, but Newcastle can still offer him more and it’s not only financial gains he can get at Newcastle.
He gets the chance to play in front of 52,000 home crowds at St. James Park and we will set a modern day record this season in the Championship by having an average home attendance of over 51,000.
And Ryan can also play for a world-class and world-renowned manager in Rafa Benitez, who has already won three European Championships with three different clubs – Valencia, Liverpool and Chelsea.
How many trophies has Mark Hughes won as a manager?
And Rafa has explicitly stated he wants to return the sleeping giant called Newcastle United back to greatness.
There would be little attraction for Ryan to join Newcastle – pull the other one, it’s got bells on.
I know what bias is (because I’m completely biased for Newcastle of course) and that’s complete bias coming from Lou Macari.
We’ll leave it there – obviously Lou is worried in case Ryan leaves Stoke for Newcastle this summer.