Mike Ashley is never far from the lips of Newcastle supporters and childhood NUFC fan Aleksandar Mitrovic is no different.
Now playing for Fulham and living in London, the striker is enjoying some of the fringe benefits, such as being able to wander the streets with his kids and nobody knowing who he is.
Obviously it was a long process over which the Serbian had come to accept he had no future under Rafa Benitez.
Only 15 league starts in the 94 Premier League and Championship games under the Spaniard.
Whilst he no doubt enjoys these quiet moments with his kids in the capital, I bet that most of the time he really misses the intensity of life as a football player in Newcastle.
Whatever you think of him as a player, there is little doubt that Mitro will always still be a fan of NUFC.
He knows the score, saying ‘Newcastle is a big club but they have problems with the owner. Everyone knows Mike Ashley…I do wish them success.’
Newcastle fans could just about stomach the minimal backing Ashley allowed Rafa Benitez after promotion…but to then insist on a £20m+ profit on transfer dealings this summer just defies belief.
Fulham have had a net spend these past few months of around £120m higher than Newcastle, whilst the likes of Cardiff, Huddersfield, Brighton and most other Premier League clubs, had at net spend at least £50m higher than that Rafa Benitez was allowed at NUFC.
Talking about the club under Mike Ashley, Mitro says ‘They have taken large steps forward abut also to go back.’
Whilst Rafa did a brilliant job with instant promotion as champions and then tenth in the Premier League, he has had to do it with Ashley dragging him backwards at the same time.
Impossible for a club to be successful, or even survive long-term, in the Premier League when this is the clear scenario.
Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to The Mail:
“Newcastle is a big club but they have problems with the owner (Mike Ashley).
“Everyone knows Mike Ashley…
“They have taken large steps forward but also to go back.
“I do wish them success.
“It’s different (in London) to Newcastle, as when I go out I don’t need a hat for disguise.
“Here I have my own peace and I can go out with my kids on the street.
“Nobody cares about me or stops me. It’s nice.
“Shearer is still my hero and it’s his job to do analysis.
“He was right most of the time (talking about my time at Newcastle) of course.
“My father says the same.
“I know myself when I play bad anyway.
“Alan Shearer is still a legend and I don’t think England will ever have a striker like him again.”