Former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has given an interview on talkSPORT that will shock some Newcastle United supporters.
Below is a three-minute clip on what Kevin had to say about the current state of Newcastle and what Mike Ashley wants for the club:
“You can’t fault Mike Ashley.”
“He’s been able to finance the club and keep things running smoothly.”
“Benitez knew what he was going into and done well in working the media.”
“I feel for the fans & for Ashley.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 5, 2019
Kevin says that Mike Ashley had great intentions of putting Newcastle United back on the map when he first bought the club.
History would show these statements to be naive by Kevin. Mike Ashley has shown that he has no intention of Newcastle having any success. It is Sports Direct that Mike Ashely bought Newcastle for. He had intentions of plastering his company’s logo in every available inch of St James Park.
Kevin also says that the Ayoze Perez money will go back into the transfer budget for the new manager. And then he makes the ridiculous statement “that’s one thing he’s done with Rafa”.
I can’t even believe that statement. Newcastle have -£30m net spend under Rafa Benitez so this is just verifiably false.
What we also take away from these comments is that Kevin is convinced that Mike Ashley wants to sell the club. We, however, are not. He has a very interested buyer in the Bin Zayed Group who Mike Ashley appears to be toying with.
Kevin also touches on the dispute he had with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias but only mentions it in regards to player bonuses.
This is a far cry from his statements when he left the club to join West Ham United in the summer of 2011.
Here is what he thought of Mike Ashley and his running of the club back then:
“I envisaged spending the rest of my career at the club.” “I was settled, happy and I adored the supporters.
“I was captain of a huge club and played with a smashing group of lads I had untold respect for.” “But ultimately I was forced out because I lost trust in key people at the club and when you lose trust in people it’s almost impossible to regain it.
“From January and shortly following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, I was involved in ongoing discussions about signing a new contract between four and five years.
“I discussed the deal at length with managing director Derek Llambias and even shook hands on it. In my book when you do that man-to-man you expect them to see it through.
“But what we talked about and what they finally offered me was laughable. They did a U-turn on what we agreed They showed me no respect. I felt totally betrayed.
“Then they had the nerve to claim I rejected a new contract. What contract? A deferred option to increase my deal by 12 months with a bonus that hinged on the success of the team on the pitch the following season.
“Perhaps I was just naive. I thought I had a good relationship with the board.” “But when it all came to a head in the summer I knew my time was coming to an end.
“I had given the club everything but they didn’t want to give me anything in return, just broken promises. I simply couldn’t work with people like that. There was no way back for me.”
I guess time gives you a different perspective on what has transpired in the past. However, these comments by Kevin Nolan are just very disappointing.