Former Newcastle star Rob Lee has been talking about how depressing Newcastle United has become under Mike Ashley’s ownership.
The one-time midfielder says that ‘Mike Ashley takes one step forward and then three giant steps backwards’.
Rob Lee states that Newcastle United is now desperate for a change of ownership.
To sum up the current predicament, Keegan’s former star talks of how pointless it is to get promotion whilst Ashley remains in control.
Rob Lee declaring ‘There is no point though in Newcastle getting into the Premier League then keeping the same players that got them there’.
The feeling of many/most Newcastle supporters is that if Mike Ashley stays, then there is little chance of Rafa Benitez continuing for much longer.
The dream scenario being for Premier League safety to be ensured as soon as possible and then a takeover quickly sorted.
However, on that front Rob Lee see ‘The takeover has become a stalemate’ due to the reported difference in valuation at the minute between Ashley and the Amanda Staveley bidders.
As Lee points out, Newcastle United ‘has been in decline for such a long time’ and now the likes of ‘Bournemouth and Watford have both spent more than us‘.
Something has to change and that change has to be very soon.
Rob Lee talking to BBC Radio Newcastle:
“The club has been in decline for such a long time.
“Mike Ashley takes one step forward and then three giant steps backwards.
“It is time now for change, we need change.
“We need someone else to take the helm.
“The takeover has become a stalemate.
“It is complicated, with Mike Ashley wanting a certain amount but prospective buyers only willing to pay a certain amount, because of what they value the club at.
“There is no point though in Newcastle getting into the Premier League then keeping the same players that got them there.
“Sometimes you need better players.
“Bournemouth and Watford have both spent more than us.
“Newcastle is a huge club but it does not feel like that anymore, people don’t want to play for them anymore.
“We were challenging the top teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, had trips to Europe, but it all seems so far away now.”