Alan Shearer Blasts Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley

You can never accuse Newcastle icon Alan Shearer of being a fan of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who continues to amaze the fans with the things he does at the club.

Ashley did release a positive statement on Rafa Benitez and the team last night.

That was after the excellent 3-0 win over Chelsea – where we outplayed last season’s PL Champions.

Ashley said he would continue to support Rafa:

“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.”

But on BBC’s Match of the Day last night Alan Shearer was having none of it, and he said the statement was merely a cut and paste from last year’s announcement.

It was just a little bit different last year when he said  Rafa could “have every last penny from the club.”

Alan Shearer – a cut and paste job from Ashley

That didn’t happen of course and Rafa was restricted in the transfer money he was given from Ashley for last summer.

.This is what Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day last night.

“Copy and paste, different day,” “It’s exactly the same thing.”

“Give him some money to spend.” “Rafa’s always wanted money to spend.”

“He’s made a profit on transfers. “I would give him the backing he deserves.”

“He’s got Newcastle into 10th position. “

“If he can do that with that squad, can you imagine what he’d do with some backing and some finance?”

That’s a good point, and NBC Sports have said that Newcastle could be a top six side if they get a new owner into the club.

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11 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 14, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Telegraph summary of the year, what do you think?

    Most Valuable player
    Jamaal Lascelles. Newcastle’s captain has been brilliant on the pitch and vital off it. There was a suspicion last season that he was a batter captain than defender, but not now. Really should have been called into the England squad.

    Biggest let-down
    Jacob Murphy. At £12m, was Newcastle’s most expensive signing last summer, but the former England Under-21 international has been unable to hold down a starting berth and looks as though his confidence has been shattered. May well need to be sent out on loan next season.

    Best performance
    The victory over Arsenal, coming from behind to secure the three points that guaranteed survival was the most complete of the season. Newcastle out-played the visitors and were a joy to watch going forward in front of a raucous home crowd.

    Worst performance
    The home defeat to Watford back in December was probably the low point of the season because it should have been an even heavier loss. The Magpies were woeful and looked like relegation fodder.

    Manager safety rating
    Not for the first time in his career, Benitez is embroiled in a tense stand off with a club’s owner and there is a fear he will walk if he is not given more money to spend 5/10

    Whey they need this summer
    The most important thing is Benitez stays, but they also need to add serious quality in attack, with a new centre forward, winger and number 10 the priority.

    Overall grade: B+

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 14, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Well yeah Lesh, it’d certainly be too much for me and my employer. The last thing I’m getting is the company cheque book and access to every last penny. Rafa is great, but if you were the owner wouldn’t you want some checks and balances. He’s the football manager not the CEO after all. We don’t know where they’re at anyway at this stage. I agree though, if Rafa doesn’t think he can convince Ashley to run it right from his perspective, ie, transfer kitty’s, academy, training facility, then he won’t sign a new contract. But he’s still got a year left on this one. Bit early to be throwing your hands in the air.

  • Tim the toon

    May 14, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib, from previous thread.

    I agree. I think we just have to get one or two strikers in, so that we finish a better percentage of our chances. Our shortfall this season has been in the “Goals For” column, our goals against is in line with our league position. For the rest, we need to strengthen the squad with some more back-up, so it’s less of a problem when we do get injuries. The worry would be losing one or two of our “spine” players for any length of time, because that could hurt us.

    Chelsea and Arsenal are going to be in transition next season, so it’s a great opportunity for us to get closer to the Europa League places.

  • robertsleftfoot

    May 14, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    I have to agree with Shearer like, it will be a case of promise him the world until he signs a new contract (which will no doubt be full of clauses). Once the said contract is signed it will be back to normal where he gets few signings and then suddenly the wallet closes and Rafa has to struggle on as per usual.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 14, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Disagree about Murphy. Baptism of fire this season and a steep learning for the thoughtful young man. Big club and heavy shirt, but he’s talented and fast, and will offer us more next term.

  • Bambams

    May 14, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    So we should be getting between £112-122 million……

    How much will Rafa get ?

  • Jib

    May 14, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Bam bams
    I say it slowly so you understand
    It’s – not – like – fifa18
    There – are – bills – to – be – paid
    The leccy
    store cards
    the provvy man
    and the Xmas club
    then what’s left Rafa can have

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 14, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    “That didn’t happen of course and Rafa was restricted in the transfer money he was given from Ashley for last summer.”

    Is that so Ed? Seems to me he might well have gotten what the club had, and the beef was over Ashley not being flexible enough to help out from his own pocket and so was putting our epl place at risk.

  • Bambams

    May 14, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9


    I have merely posted a link showing what we could possibly get……

    I then queried how much do we think Rafa will get ?

    I am fully aware there are payments to be made

    Respectfully take your head out your backside.

  • Geordie-john

    May 14, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley you aren’t the pantomime villain, You’re not good enough ! You’re just a fat ignorant southerner who finks that everyone up here is less intelligent than your sell. Impossible !
    I hope that I’m wrong as I know how much Rafa loves us Geordies and NUFC but you are trying to make look stupid and weak.

  • mfw13

    May 14, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d say that Atsu was a bigger disappointment than Murphy….either way, we’ve got too much invested in wingers, and not enough in strikers.


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