Alan Shearer has very rarely held his views back on anyone.
And today in his Sun column he seems to be staging an all-out attack on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Alan has said offering the players a team meal and then a free summer holiday if we avoid relegation is an insult.
And most players these days are millionaires although that isn’t what it used to be – say 30 years ago.
But the point is the players can afford their own holidays and are unlikely to want to spend it with the players they have trained with all season long.
Alan Shearer – Mike Ashley has insulted the players
They need a break from the normal over the summer to recharge their batteries and be with their families.
Shearer has lashed out at Ashley today:
“Mike Ashley offering Newcastle players a free holiday if they avoid relegation is an insult.”
“If I was a player at that team dinner on Wednesday and he offered me that, I would have told him to shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.”
“I would have said, ‘Instead of spending money on a holiday spend it on the football club and back the manager!’”
“As a player, that might give me hope and extra motivation that we’re all in the fight together.”
“These players are on from between £30,000 and £100,000-a-week, they are multi-millionaires.”
“Does he not think they can afford any holiday they want?”
“They have spent ten months with each other and my guess is that the last thing they would want is to go away as a team.”
“As for the dinner how is that going to make you better as a player?”
“If you are motivated by that, or by the owner being at matches, there is something wrong with you.”
“Was it a coincidence that the meal happened on the same night fans were meeting to discuss future protests against Ashley?”
“And was it a coincidence that it happened at the same time as Kevin Keegan’s book.”
With Mike Ashley not selling the club this season (or at least he says he will not), we just hope the animosity of the fans does not overflow and affect the players on the pitch.
The very last thing we want is another relegation and that would definitely ensure Rafa leaves the club in June.
With the ongoing and chronic conflict between fans and owner, he may want to leave the club this summer.
And Rafa will try with all his might to keep us in the Premier League this season – with little to no help from Ashley.
It may not be like last season when we came away brilliantly in January.
And Rafa rightly got the accolades for a great piece of management to show he’s still one of the very best in the business.
Rafa has already said he thought that was a miracle that we finished in 10th place and he cannot do miracles every season.
What do you think?