Steve Harmison has been reacting to the summer happenings at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle fan and former England fast bowler paying particular attention to the issues involving Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez, and Newcastle fans.

As supporters, we are lucky to have the likes of Alan Shearer and Mick Quinn, plus a few others, to represent Newcastle United fans in the media, people who still have their finger on the pulse when it comes to exactly what is going on at St James Park.

Then you have Steve Harmison.

I have got no doubt he is a committed Newcastle fan, and like the rest of us he has every right to have his say on his club, but he is just clueless when it comes to exactly what the rise of the latest fan protests are all about.

In response to the #IfRafaGoesWeGo campaign, Steve Harmison declares ‘I support Newcastle United, I don’t support Rafa Benitez, I don’t support Mike Ashley.’

All of us of course support the club first and foremost but it is very naive, at best, to ignore the respective roles Benitez and Ashley are playing in the current ongoing issues facing the club. One wants to take the club forward, one wants nothing to change and add onto the 11 unambitious years we have already seen.

Harmison says ‘I support the black and white shirt, St James Park, cos I don’t think that will ever be removed, that iconic stadium’, yes it is iconic but it is also very ironic what the former England fan says, as it was Mike Ashley who removed ‘St James Park’ and renamed it after his sports shop, with not a single extra penny going into the club coffers.

Steve Harmison declares ‘Mike Ashley, he is what he is, it has been 10 years now. We haven’t spent the money, he hasn’t spent the money, we know what is going (on). But Rafa knew that when he came in.’ Mike Ashley has been a disaster for Newcastle United and the fans have had enough, he says Rafa knew what he was coming into but clearly he didn’t, as he has consistently said that the owner has broken the promises he made to the manager.

He says ‘Newcastle fans have got to get behind Newcastle United’, and that is exactly what we will do, those of us who haven’t already walked away (season ticket sales significantly down this summer).

Steve Harmison suggests Rafa Benitez should sign a contract extension as that could then help lead to Mike Ashley selling the club.

Rafa has said he would happily stay for 10 years or more if ambition was shown but quite rightly he isn’t going to be fooled again and tie himself to Mike Ashley unless he has commitments in writing, on transfer budget, revamping the ailing Academy set-up, and the new state of the art training complex that was promised five years ago.

As for Mike Ashley selling, he has absolutely no intention of doing this as the club is vital to promoting his retail empire for free, yes he supposedly put the club up for sale, bt even if you believe that – it was for at least £100m more than it is worth. Basically, no intention at all of selling up.

Bizarrely, Steve Harmison also suggests that if the fans go through with a boycott (#IfRafaGoesWeGo) it could lead to Newcastle collapsing like Sunderland.

Fans are making the pledge now to walk away if Rafa is forced out, exactly because they don’t want this to happen. They want the club to be run properly, Rafa Benitez properly supported, and ideally Mike Ashley to go. Ashley clearly has no intention of changing and has already relegated Newcastle twice in the last eight NUFC Premier League seasons, plus other near misses.

How on earth can Rafa Benitez commit to a new contract when he is once again being starved of transfer funds, no budget at all apart from some of the money raised by sales, yet again having to shop for bargains, whilst the likes of Huddersfield, Fulham, Wolves, Cardiff, and Brighton, all show ambition in the transfer market.

Steve Harmison speaking on Talksport:

“I support Newcastle United, I don’t support Rafa Benitez, I don’t support Mike Ashley.

“I support the black and white shirt, St James Park, cos I don’t think that will ever be removed, that iconic stadium, in the middle of town.

“I just can’t believe, I can’t believe some of the stuff.

“We had an MP, a member of parliament, standing up and abusing Mike Ashley, it was quite comical actually. The state this country is in at this minute, your biggest problem cannot be like that. You are trying to get some cheap laughs and some cheap votes from people in the north east.

“But it is Newcastle United, it is about the club, and I understand the frustrations, I really do.

“Mike Ashley, he is what he is, it has been 10 years now. We haven’t spent the money, he hasn’t spent the money, we know what is going (on).

“But Rafa knew that when he came in.

“Newcastle fans have got to get behind Newcastle United football club, the actual shirt, the black and white shirt.

“Because if you go to the first game of the season against Tottenham, we’ve got a hard start, and we start going ‘Mike Ashley…’ , what we normally do, then all of a sudden the pressure comes on, we don’t win a few games, and we lose Rafa. We have not got any assets for somebody to come in and buy the football club.

“If we have got Rafa, if you get him to sign a new contract, and Newcastle then get off to a half-decent start, then the money Mike Ashley wants for the football club, it is more of an attractive proposition.

“But if Rafa…and all this stuff, and I’m as passionate as much as anybody, but to say you are going to boycott and you are going to walk away…

“You look at what happened to Sunderland, and I’m not knocking Sunderland here, but an owner that wasn’t interested, didn’t put the money in, made bad decisions, all of a sudden they find themselves in League One, and it is a long long way back for somebody like Sunderland, which is an absolute crying shame for the area that we’re in.

“You support Newcastle United football club, you don’t support Mike Ashley, you don’t support Lee Charnley or Rafa Benitez, it is the black and white shirt you support.”

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  • Peaky

    Just listened to that interview on Talksport ??? Would prefer not to comment….

    • Alex

      I’ll just comment with a single word, “Idiot”.

  • ghostrider

    Each fan is entitled to their own opinion based on their own ideals and thoughts on the club and all of its workings, inside and out.

    Each fan has the right to boycott everything to do with the club if they so wish, whilst Ashley is in charge.
    Each fan also has the right to decide as and when, whether to restart their support depending on who takes over, if they feel they’re better suited to their stance.

    As long as each fan chooses their own path, without following a set path, then they’re in charge of their own thoughts.

    The major problem in that is, most people follow a trend and if that trend appears to be more interesting to be part of, they will follow it and create a mass bullying brigade that drowns out the minority who have decided to think and do their own stuff, for themselves…for their own well being and enjoyment.

    The minority then become trolls or trouble makers, or martyr’s. Basically counter productive to a movement based on the actions of a small proportion of fans (?) that live to create a frenzy of nastiness or just sheer disruptiveness, in order to get what they want but know they will never accept what they ever get.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      You are a Troll.

      • Leazes.

        You don’t take after your cousin Speedy Gonzales…. of course its a bloody troll

    • TheFatController

      If you can show me a fellow fan who has decided to follow your path I’d be interested to meet them…

      • Leicester Mag

        A leeming maybe

    • Tweed Mag

      Progress comes from consensus or a general arrangement to go forward for the benefit of many. Your opinions only benefit the current regime. You are stuck in a certain mind set which ignores the many failings. However, your ramblings only serve to give the rest of us (who possess common sense) determination to press for change. All the effort you put into your posts backfires. Well done.

      • ghostrider

        By all means press for change. You’re entitled to do and follow who you want.
        But just remember these few things.

        1. You’re destroying your own enjoyment of being a fan.

        2. You are willing to risk a new owner who may actually give you 5 minutes of excitement and hope and then crash the club into oblivion.

        You just have to hope your Sheikh with a blank cheque forever arrives.
        In the mean time I’ll be happy with what I’ve got, in between the odd moan here and there that I’ve done ever since I was a boy.

        You carry on disrupting the club if it makes you feel better but remember that it channels down to the players, so don’t be surprised if the bile creates unrest.

        • Tweed Mag

          Your negativity knows no bounds. Try to be a bit more positive and ambitious. You will find the whole idea of being a fan becomes much better.

          • ghostrider

            I’m always positive. I look at every game as a win.
            I back all players that give their best, no matter whether they’re free or whatever.
            As for ambitious. I don’t know what it means in terms of me being a fan.
            I’m just content being a Newcastle United fan and supporter, whether it’s in the premier league or the non-league.

            Basically I’ll deal with whatever as time goes on.

          • Tweed Mag

            We will all look forward to positive posts from you in the future. It is never too late to change the habit of a lifetime. Brighten up – you will feel better.

    • Mirandinha9

      Is derek ok these days?

    • Guest 9

      You really are hilarious. I believe something/someone somewhere is definitely in charge of your thoughts. You are almost like an AI response these days.

      Leeds aside no club has imploded for some time, even Villa have been bailed out time after time. I agree we have become financially stable and the Sheperding (no pun…) of the club is admirable. However we are spending very little net, and full payments for purchases and instalments for sales is only doing one thing.

      This isn’t retail, in fact football is a unique business. Since the advent of Sky the bubble has always been about to burst – yet it hasn’t.

      Stick a few quid in, have a bit if fun. If not just come out and state your position.

      How hard can it be?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafaball is in full pedal to the metal Mode.

    • Peaky

      Howzat like……I’ll get me coat….

    • Paul Patterson

      Dunno, I’m stumped ..

    • Mike D

      I just wish someone would bail Ashley out.

  • Toon

    The Mag have got a nerve criticising Harmison, they are all season ticket holders anyway, the bloke probably sat typing this in his new NUFC shirt drinking out of a Sports Direct mug

    • Leazes.

      Na… this is Simon Van Der Velde not Brian Standen.

  • panther

    what a ball bag, stick to cricket

  • Billmag

    Stick to cricket son and as far as Rafa knew what fatty was like before he came, well Rafa must have had some assurances off fatty to even contemplate managing us in the championship, he will be much wiser after a couple of years working for a scumbag like Ashley.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s obviously a whole lot wiser hence the non signing of any new contract…….who can blame him……….apart from the select few morons on this site backing Ashley to the last……

      • Guest 9

        #ifthepiggoeswego ?

        • Kneebotherm8

          That’ll be a bonus.

  • FatParosite

    My goodness…. statements like ‘I support the black and white shirt, St James Park, cos I don’t think that will ever be removed, that iconic stadium, in the middle of town.’ are usually $punked out by belittling pundits with zero connection to Newcastle United. This is stultifyingly ill informed.

    • Leazes.

      His free seat for life bequeathed by Shepherd has got nothing to do with it….probably not….well maybe not.

  • Leicester Mag

    Steve joins Tails in exclusive anti MENSA club, thick as 🐖💩

    • Kneebotherm8

      Not thick…….just sycophantic……….worried about losing his free seat for life at the stadium……..

      • Guest 9

        Think as mince

  • Leazes.

    What does Jack Lacey-Hatton think about it?

    That’s the interview I want to see!

  • Leazes.

    His free seat for life bequeathed by Shepherd has got nothing to do with it….probably not….well maybe not…… well actually…..

    …yes it has….

    The seat for life certificate isn’t worth the paper it’s written on to Ashley if he tweets

    #IfRafaGoesWeGo ‏

    and the beggar knows it!

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’ll go………just like”Shearers”Bar did…….if Harmison upsets him…….one spiteful vindictive man is our Mike…………sounds very much like Steve is trying to curry favour with his comments……..

      • Peaky

        Putting his hat in the ring for when Rafa walks….roaring success at Ashington ????….would fit the profile perfect and he’d be cheap….

        • Kneebotherm8

          Fooooking hell………..what a thought…………..never say never like……..

      • Leazes.

        He’s doing the fans no favours

        • Kneebotherm8

          No…….only himself…….just like those other Geordie legends Beardsley and Carver…………or leg end in Carvers case….

  • SuperDesHamilton

    He always sticks up for Ashley the weirdo