Sunday brought relief for Newcastle fans but Alan Shearer has produced the perfect challenge to Mike Ashley.

The club owner made a surprise pre-match appearance on Sky Sports but Alan Shearer has laid on the line just how shocking the club has been run under his control.

The United legend telling Mike Ashley that ‘actions speak louder than words’ as we wait to see whether the reality of this summer will be any different to what has gone before.

Alan Shearer speaking on Sunday night’s Match of The Day:

‘What I would say is…

Stop selling your best players.

Play your best teams in the cup competitions and give the fans a little bit of hope.

There was a time when Newcastle didn’t sign a player for 18 months, so that isn’t really acceptable.

How can you second guess the guy – Mike Ashley, he’s the guy who…

Hired Joe Kinnear.

He sacked Kevin Keegan.

He sacked Sam Allardyce.

He brought in Dennis Wise as Director of Football.

I know this City, I know the football club and I know John Carver…and I haven’t got a clue what he is going to do.

Actions speak louder than words and time will only tell.

What I do know is that that football club has to give the fans something to shout about because they are going to games, and have been for a long time, because it is habit.

Not because of hope, not because of excitement, because of habit – that has to change.’

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