Former Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands has given us the benefit of his opinion on Mike Ashley.

According to the now retired Danish international, the Newcastle owner was ‘a great guy’, saying he would come and sit with the players and have a drink and a laugh with them and their wives.

mike ashleyThank god he wasn’t wasting his time going out and signing the quality players we needed both in Lovenkrands’ time and now.

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Peter Lovenkrands;

“He (Mike Ashley) was a great guy, I got on really well with him – he was one of those chairmen who came to socialise with the players.

“We had a really good time with him at Newcastle and when the wives would turn up for nights out, he would often sit down and have a drink and a joke – you don’t get that from many chairmen.”

I don’t want to write off Peter Lovenkrands as a player but he was lucky to get a club like Newcastle United, not the other way around.

He became a bit of a ‘cult hero’ but was in reality a Championship standard player who was very very fortunate to be employed by United for three and a half years, no wonder he speaks so highly of Mike Ashley!

Peter Lovenkrands scored 13 goals to help Newcastle out of the Championship but only scored another 9 in 46 Premier League appearances for United, backing up my belief of where his level of ability lay.

Ironically, Lovenkrands sums up Ashley’s running of Newcastle.

Back in the middle of what would prove to be the relegation season Newcastle were desperately struggling for goals and in that January transfer window instead of bringing in a quality striker to help us out of trouble, Ashley brought in Peter Lovenkrands for nothing. The Danish striker scoring only three goals as United sank into the Championship.

Watch out for tomorrow’s follow up – ‘Joe Kinnear is a really canny bloke you know’, JFK being the one in charge of team affairs when Lovenkrands signed.

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