Ben Harmison found fame with Durham as a cricket all-rounder before moving on to play for Kent.
Along with elder brother Steve, the pair of brothers are also massive Newcastle fans, with Ben also having an inside track having been on United’s books as a kid.
However, a combination of Mike Ashley’s refusal to properly invest in the team and the attitude of the current players summed up by their lack of effort in the recent match against Sunderland, means that Ben Harmison is beginning to lose interest in the club he grew up supporting and playing for.
Returning from a knee injury, Ben Harmison spoke to Kent Online about the pain of being out injured as well the stress of supporting Newcastle United recently.
However, one person he doesn’t blame for the mess at St. James’ Park is John Carver, who Harmison thinks is an ‘excellent coach’ having worked under him as an Academy player, when Carver was in charge of Newcastle’s school of excellence.
Ben Harmison speaking to Kent Online:
“I’m a big Newcastle fan but my friends and I are losing interest with what has happened. The Sunderland game was the biggest thing`. There are 11 lads there who are not even passionate and to see lads walking around, not looking interested, is hard to take.
“I’ve lost interest a little bit. Hopefully, they stay up and can sort it out but there’s no ambition and it’s going to continue as long as the chairman is there.
“Everyone wants Mike Ashley out. I don’t think he’d be bad if he put the money into the club that he’s made over the years.”
“I feel sorry for John Carver. I used to play for Newcastle when I was 15-16 and John was my academy manager then. He’s been at the club all his life and he’s been hung out to dry a little bit, working with players who don’t want to show the passion that he’s got. It’s hard to take.
“Hopefully, he’ll stay at the club. Everyone speaks highly of him – he’s an excellent coach.
“It’s just disappointing he’s been thrown in at the deep end with a depleted squad not trying their hardest for him.”
“He (Steven Taylor) was probably the only one who went through from my year but from an early age he was destined to play. He used to play centre-forward in those days.
“You wish he was in there at the moment. He’s got passion, he wouldn’t stand for this.”