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Gordon McKeag ‘It’s Not Sir John You Should Worry About…It’s Who Comes After Him’

8 years ago

The game is up and both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew know it.

What is at stake now is the only thing that matters in modern football – money.

Pardew’s ridiculous eight year contract hangs over both men’s heads.

Knowing he will never get another top job in football, the manager wants compensation -money which the miser who owns Newcastle United doesn’t want to pay. After all, the poor man is down to his last four billion!

So it comes down to which of them blinks first.

Can Pardew endure weeks of ritual humiliation at football grounds up and down the country without resigning? How long can Ashley allow Newcastle to go on losing matches under Pardew’s inept stewardship without it leading to relegation? Ashley once boasted of having ‘balls of steel.’ He’s going to need them in the coming weeks.

As for the fans, they taste blood but removing Pardew will solve nothing.

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Ashley will simply hire another second-rate ‘yes’ man to replace him. Sooner or later the Newcastle faithful must recognise that only an empty stadium on match days will make the owner think twice. But that’s like asking 50,000 drug addicts to go cold turkey at the same time.

Many years ago, I fronted a BBC documentary called ‘Newcastle Disunited’ as Sir John Hall launched his bid for control of the club.

The embattled chairman Gordon McKeag said something quite prophetic in this programme.

‘It’s not Sir John you should worry about,’ he told me. ‘It’s who comes after him.’

What came after Hall was Mike Ashley, the skinflint billionaire with his zero contracts, loan shark partners and banning orders.

He has virtually destroyed a once proud football club.


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