Former Newcastle left-back Warren Barton is a savvy and experienced football pundit who has worked for Fox Sports over here in the US since 2006.
Warren is a fan and a natural ambassador for Newcastle and loved his time playing in the Entertainers side in the 1990s under Kevin Keegan ad then he played under Sir Bobby Robson.
The right-back joined Newcastle from Wimbledon in 1995 for £4M and stayed for a successful seven years on Tyneside.
Warren Barton – part of Fox Sports in the US (Soccer)
Look who he’s interviewing
This is what Warren has said in Chronicle Live today and he talks about Mike Ashley’s tenure at the club:
“Newcastle are a big club – they always have been with this fan base.”
“Ignore what the pundits say, it shows their ignorance to the area and the people – it’s a vibrant city.”
“It still gives me goosebumps when you come in the train station, and the stadium is the first thing you see – it takes my breath away.”
“It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is mine.”
“I look at his )mike Ashley’s) tenure and it can’t have been enjoyable for him.”
“I think he came into it thinking people around him were going to help and that didn’t happen.”
“They led him down a path, and perhaps was just a bit of fun for them, and they didn’t realize what the commitment is financially, the emotion of the fans, and what it means.”
“Then he tried to embrace it but by that time it was too late, and now he treats it like a business and it’s obviously a very successful business.”
“But if I was him coming into work every day, and you’re not wanted then I would get rid of it. He’s a wealthy man, he could sell it and enjoy the rest of his life.”
“I wouldn’t want to be coming into an environment where I’m not wanted. He’s tried to say I’m going to help Rafa – well back him – that’s the only way.”
“Man City and Chelsea have only become big clubs in the last decade because they’ve spent money.”
“I say to Ashley, you have a very, very good manager and loyal manager because a lot of people would have jumped ship by now having to deal with what he is having to deal with.”
“But he’s there, why not in the new year give everyone a new start?”
“But only he (Ashley) can decide that and all we can do as fans is get behind Rafa, the players and support them until something changes.”
“Unfortunately we don’t hold the cards, we’re not the owners because if we were it would be run a lot different and a lot better.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens through the summer when Rafa’s contract runs out.
We are hoping for a good January transfer window and with a bit of luck, we could get that.
Our feeling is Rafa is now too emotionally attached to Newcastle, his players, and the Geordie fans and it will be very difficult to walk away from Newcastle United.
But Rafa is a hard-nosed manager and he wants certain things done differently at the club if he is to stay on at Newcastle.
If Mike Ashley has any sense at all he will give that to Rafa and basically let him manage the club from a playing perspective – give him full control.
There’s nobody better to do that,
Rafa was allowed to do that in the summer of 2016 and the first half of the Championship season with Lee Charnley, and we did very well until Ashley wouldn’t pay out any money in January 2017.
The owner has to allocate Rafa decent funds in every transfer window but we’ve been saying that now for almost two years.
And so it goes on.
What do you think?