Former Goalkeeper’s Faulty Logic – Why He Wants Newcastle Relegated

We have witnessed two relegations since we started the blog back in April 2004; that was before Twitter was created and Facebook had been out for two months.

The iPhone was three years away from its introduction.

But we don’t think relegations are good for any club even though people will say it will help to clear out players and has some good effects.

Improving the finances is not one of them.

We don’t believe it and Newcastle have been lucky to come straight back up and limit the damage last year and in 2010 – due to the work of two great managers – Chris Hughton and Rafa Benitez.

Coming straight back up has not been the case for other clubs like Sunderland as an example who may be a Division One club next year.

Shaka Hislop – ESPN analyst

But our former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop who is now an ESPN analyst over here in the US wants Newcastle relegated this season more than he does his other club – West Ham United.

Here’s whatShaka has said:

“I have picked Newcastle and I’ll tell you why.” “Because I think that would force Mike Ashley to sell and I think you will not see the best of Newcastle again until Mike Ashley sells.”

“In case you haven’t gathered, I’m not much of a Mike Ashley fan. I love Rafa Benitez, I really do.”

The very last thing we need is another relegation because although Ashley may sell – but we doubt that because he would lose a lot of money – Rafa will almost certainly leave the club.

Not sure that is solid logic coming from Shaka – who admits he is a big fan of Rafa.

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5 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    I can see where he’s coming from but the only thing that will make Ashley sell is the right money that suits him.

    I doubt that relegation will change his attitude, I reckon he’ll just expect us to bounce back up again.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    The daft thing is, the one time Ashley has backed Rafa and let him get on with running the club the way he wanted was after our relegation. The result was immediate promotion as champions, exactly what he asked for. Maybe relegation is the only thing the chubby one understands.

  • Toonces

    Mar 9, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi Ed,

    I saw the clip you reference, and to be clear, Shaka was responding to a loaded twitter question from a viewer – I paraphrase – “if you had to choose either one of your former clubs, Newcastle or West Ham, to be relegated, which one would you prefer to be relegated?” Shaka doesn’t want either to be relegated, but in the context of the question, he gave an answer – Newcastle – and provided his reasoning about getting rid of Ashley.

    Shaka still loves the club and hates what Ashley has done to it. He is one of the few commentators over here in the US, who knows about the sorry impact Ashley has had on us. HWTL!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s great to hear little snippets of info like that we wouldn’t otherwise hear.

  • NUFCmagpie

    Mar 9, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Shaka Hislop is an idiot and one of the worst commentators on ESPN


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