I Never Knew Chris Waddle Was Quite This Thick
Sunderland fan and ex-Newcastle United star Chris Waddle has given an interview which includes his views on the current unrest at St.James’ Park; the fans, Alan Pardew and the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United in general.
Now Waddle, exciting and skilful player as he was, never struck me as the sharpest tool in the box.
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In this interview with FootballFanCast, Waddle comes up with some alternative conclusions, as opposed to the reality we see as fans.
Are the fans right to be protesting so militantly during games?
The one thing you don’t want when walking onto the pitch is fans holding banners up with ‘manager out’. The players are still playing for Alan Pardew so he must be doing something right. I was at the Stoke City game last Monday night and Newcastle played very well – they just couldn’t grab a goal.
They dug in against Swansea and got a good result after going down to 2-0, so you can’t say the players aren’t giving it everything. But sometimes you have to be realistic and say ‘how good are the team?’ Currently, they’re on par with the teams in the bottom half of the league. People might say they’re better than that, but does that mean you get a new manager in who can get more out of his team?
Personally I don’t think you can. If a new manager comes in, he’d say to Mike Ashley ‘I need to bring in three or four players to make this team stronger’. Alan Pardew could probably say the same thing right now, but they haven’t got the budget at the minute so what’s the point in bringing a new manager in if he’s going to work from the same sort of line?
Played very well against Stoke….I don’t think so. Newcastle had one shot on target all game and that was a long range effort from Daryl Janmaat.
Waddle says Newcastle haven’t got the budget but how is that the case – last season not one player was bought in the transfer market and this summer’s transfer activity was funded by the sales of Debuchy and Cabaye amongst others. While the extra TV money from last season and this one has not manifested itself.
What about Mike Ashley? Will this dark cloud always be over the club until he decides to sell?
Newcastle’s fans are as good as any fans. They’re very fanatical about their club; home and away they always take massive support. Everybody knows about Newcastle’s fans and they want to be competing at the top end of the table. They may believe 53,000 is a big enough crowd to be in the top four, which realistically, is a fair point.
But you need a lot of money to compete against likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. Liverpool spent well over £100m this summer, Tottenham have spent a fortune after losing Gareth Bale, Everton are buying people like Romelu Lukaku.
So there’s a lot of a teams at the top of the league who are spending fortunes and Mike Ashley’s said he can’t compete. He’s being honest, I don’t think there’s a problem with that, I don’t think he’s ever hid from that.
So yes, Newcastle fans would love to be up there and probably think they should be with the support base they’ve got, but unfortunately they don’t pay the wage bill anymore – that’s all TV and sponsorship. At the minute, the only way Newcastle can get back into challenging for a Champions League spot is if Mike Ashley were to sell the club to someone who’s got lots and lots of money to spend.
In the last rich list Mike Ashley was valued at £3.75billion and that figure continues to rise by the day.
How does Chris Waddle not understand that it isn’t a lack of money in Mike Ashley’s case, it is the fact that he is fabulously wealthy and only wants to use Newcastle United (the same with Rangers) to get even more ‘fabulously’ wealthy. Both by earning money direct from Newcastle United’s income, plus use tens of millions of pounds of free advertising from NUFC to push the rest of his business empire.
Only a handful of Premier League owners are richer than Mike Ashley and the problem isn’t that Newcastle United haven’t got a rich sugar daddy, it is that the club would have tens of millions of pounds a season more at its disposal from extra commercial money it could be earning, plus the use of the extra circa £30m a season from broadcasting revenue.
Waddle is also wrong about the money supporters put in and can help the club generate indirectly. Newcastle United’s fanbase should mean a massive amount of extra money coming in by various means, as compared to clubs such as Swansea, Villa, Southampton and Hull – but that is not the case due to Mike Ashley’s running of NUFC.
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