Sky Sports haven’t done the Newcastle United cause much good when it comes to the battle between the fans and Mike Ashley.
Regularly giving a platform to the odious Dennis Wise and others, all prepared to make outlandish claims on behalf of/in support of the Newcastle United owner.
What they say is invariably based on fake facts, or at times, blatant lies as to what the true situation is.
However, occasionally the truth does pop up on Sky Sports where Newcastle United are concerned.
One example being this Sunday morning ahead of the Chelsea match.
Neil Ashton hosts Sunday Supplement, he is also Chief football reporter at The Sun.
His guests today were Alyson Rudd from The Times, Andy Dunn Chief Sports Writer at The Mirror and Neil Custis who covers Man City and Man Utd for The Sun.
Andy Dunn of course has written some shameful stuff on the Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez, based on lies or lazily researched ‘facts’, you can read our coverage of what he’s previous said here.
The line-up on Sky Sports this morning was presumably no accident, with Andy Dunn facing Neil Custis across the table.
Neil Custis might cover the Manchester clubs but is also a big lifelong Newcastle United fan.
Classic stuff as he exposed just how embarrassing the likes of Andy Dunn, Richard Keys, Andy Gray, Dennis Wise and the rest have been, in their defence of Mike Ashley and attacks on Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.
Neil Custis speaking on Sunday Supplement on 26 August 2018:
“If any Premier League manager has a reason to moan, it is Rafa Benitez.
“A man who has done sensational things under difficult circumstances at Newcastle United.
“Somebody who has actually made a profit in the transfer market.
“Who has had transfer windows when he hasn’t been able to do any business.
“Has had promises (from Mike Ashley) that haven’t come through.
“Has tried to make…wants the training ground, which is derelict, to be better.
“Wants investment in the Academy.
“Wants to realise the potential of the football club.
“And has been undermined every step of the way by an owner, who Richard Keys, Andy Gray, everyone…seems to think has done a great job, ‘stabilised the football club.’
“Stabilisised it over the last 10 years?
“Over the last 10 years at Newcastle United, they have had an average position of 12th, and that doesn’t include the two relegations. Before that their average position was eighth but that also included finishing second, third, fifth, seventh, two FA Cup finals, four semi-finals, qualified for Europe regularly, but Ashley has stabilised the situation?
“He has actually doubled the debt along the way (as well), I don’t know how he has done that is beyond me, considering how little he has spent.
“Sports Direct has probably done alright out of it…
“But for people to come out and defend this man?
“People point to this 10th place finish from last season, as a defence of Mike Ashley’s strategy…it’s to do with that man (Rafa Benitez).
“If Newcastle lose him, I swear it will be one of the worst moments in our recent history.
“And also, another thing that irks people who are Newcastle fans, is (the idea) that Newcastle fans seemingly have an entitlement to want to be up there and winning trophies, and unrealistic expectations….
“Newcastle United haven’t won a domestic trophy since 1955! There’s nothing unrealistic about it.
“They just want a bit of hope. A bit of hope that things will be better, they want to be competitive, and they want to see their football club properly.
“Fifty thousand go every week and they are having the mick taken out of them.”