Newcastle legend Alan Shearer explained on BBC One Match of the Day last night why Newcastle fans are desperate for a change of ownership.
Mike Ashley has been unwilling to spend big money on new players for almost eleven years now as the owner who controls the purse strings, and during that time we have been relegated twice.
And even now we are fighting relegation once again after Ashley went back on his word to support Rafa Benitez in last summer’s transfer window.
Mike Ashley just wants to get by spending as little money as possible at Newcastle, and we are now a skeleton of the club we once were.
That’s the sad news although our fan support is still the best in football with sold-out home gates.
Mike Ashley – a miser at Newcastle for 11 years – Mr. Scrooge
That’s been Ashley’s mantra at Newcastle for almost 11 years now – just get by.
And that means our transfer record is still 13 years old when we bought Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2005 for £16M.
And that broke the previous record – Alan Shearer himself – when we paid £15M in 1996 for him from Blackburn Rovers – now a League One club.
One of the best transfers ever at Newcastle.
So let’s put it this way we have bid higher than £15M for a player only once in the last 22 years.
Shearer had this to say about the state of the takeover on Match of the Day last night.
“Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and it looks as if no-one is willing to pay what Mike Ashley wants.”
“Now that’s fine, he’s entitled to do that, but the reason I think Newcastle fans want change – or at least most of them want change – is because they are not getting value for money.”
“This is the reason why: every club in the Premier League over the last two or three years has broken their transfer record.”
“Newcastle’s transfer record? It’s 2005 that it was broken, when Michael Owen signed for £16M.”
“Another reason? Nine of the players who played against Man City were in the Championship, and the other two were Javier Manquillo, who was at Sunderland, and Joselu who was at Stoke.
“That’s the reason why Newcastle fans want a change of owner.”
Well said, Alan Shearer.