Garth Crooks has been talking about the situation at Newcastle United.

He ‘applauds’ Mike Ashley for recruiting Rafa Benitez and also for ‘providing Premier League football’ to Newcastle fans.

Well, it was Rafa Benitez who approached Mike Ashley/Newcastle United, not the other way round.

Whilst as for giving us Premier League football…Newcastle were a Premier League club who had never been relegated in the PL era when the new owner came along, and if he manages another relegation this time, it will be three of them in the past nine Premier League seasons under Mike Ashley.

In reality, if he has provided anything, it is a very badly run club, which suffers from essential lack of investment throughout, and as basically become a yo-yo club between the top two divisions.

Although Newcastle fans feel that if the worst happens this season, there may well not be such an easy ‘Yo’ next campaign if we end up in the Championship and Rafa walks away.

To be fair to Garth Crooks, he has regularly savaged Mike Ashley in the past and stuck up for Rafa Benitez and the fans.

This time he appears to be desperately trying to be even-handed but the end result is the same.

Crooks says that Newcastle can’t possibly go on with Ashley still in charge, comparing it to a very one-sided boxing match, the BBC Sport pundit declares Newcastle fans must feel they have been on the end of a right ‘pummelling’ under Ashley’s ownership ‘and it can’t go on’ any longer.

You can’t disagree with his comment either that Newcastle United are now ‘painful to watch’, a home game against an average Leicester side where Newcastle’s only shot n target was a 60 yard effort from Shelvey, is proof of that.

Referring to press reports of Peter Kenyon supposedly looking to buy NUFC with the help of investors, Garth Crooks states: ‘In the interests of everyone concerned, a deal needs to be struck. It’s time the club (Newcastle United) moved on.’

However, after a decade where Mike Ashley has only pretended he had any intention of selling the club and plenty of planted PR distraction stories in the media, it is very difficult to believe/hope that this latest Kenyon rumour will prove any different.

Garth Crooks talking to BBC Sport:

“Third from bottom with two points from seven matches and rudely dismissed by Leicester – performances on the pitch have only served to contribute to the anger and frustration fermenting among Newcastle United supporters.

“The target: owner Mike Ashley; public enemy number one.

“Last week, BBC Sport posed this question: ‘Have Newcastle’s Ashley generation had enough?’

“Had enough?

“That’s what boxing referees ask the opponent having just been on the end of a pummelling.

“The analogy is fitting, because that is precisely how Newcastle fans must feel and it can’t go on.

“Newcastle are painful to watch, and on the front and back pages for all the wrong reasons.

“Ashley has provided Premier League football to an area that is otherwise starved of a top-class football team.

“He has also brought in a top-class manager. For that he must be applauded, but neither works without serious investment.

“The news that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is leading a consortium to take over the Magpies is an exciting prospect.

“In the interests of everyone concerned, a deal needs to be struck. It’s time the club (Newcastle United) moved on.”



  • kingfisher

    Just heard Kevin Keegan is about to be on BBC breakfast talking about his new book, wonder if Ashley will get a mention?

    • Toontaff

      Too busy worrying aboot hair loss -or is that Herr Loss, the signing we missed out on?

      • Cockneytrev

        Just watched it and they spent more time on about his hair than talking about football,,,

        • Leazes.

          Its not Panorama is it?

      • kingfisher

        Hopefully it will be a more serious interview on Football Focus.

  • DC1964

    Pretty spot on from Garth Crooks!

    • Leazes.

      Crooks attacks the Crooks.

  • HarryHype59

    NUFC were an established and successful EPL side for fourteen seasons before Ashley came along.

    To suggest he has provided us with premier league football is nonsesnse!

    • Leazes.

      To suggest Rafa was recruited was nonsense too…. he actually applied for the job…. and the club haven’t known what to do with him ever since apart fro isolate him and humiliate him with players worse than they gave to Pardew.

      • Paul Patterson

        Imagine what Benitez would be doing with Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Tiote, etc. We’d certainly be top half . .

        • Realist

          Getting us to 5th with abit of luck like pardew did, very entertaining football that particular season.

          • panther

            very lucky most games also

          • Realist

            😂cmon man credit where credit due. He done well that season. Man Utd at home 3 nil Chelsea away 2 nil Liverpool home 2 nil mackems away 1 nil and also winning games we should be winning against teams in and around us, but ay it was alot of luck cause it was pardew.

          • panther

            no because it consisted of amazing solo goals from nowhere, cabaye, ba and cisse playing the best football they ever had

          • Realist

            Your clutching at straws now.

          • panther

            why do you call yourself realist? you must really rate irony

          • Realist

            We were good that season and pardew done well that particular season and ok overall but it’s hard to certain sections on the mag to ever admit anything.

          • panther

            No we were freakily lucky hardly any injuries cisse and ba took it in turns to be the deadliest striker in Europe, barfa, cabaye and tiote had a season they never had before or since, something clicked and that was despite Pardew not because as all records do show

        • Leazes.

          Apparently Ashley has ‘invested millions in the playing squad and training facilities’… or was it House of Fraser…. I confuse the two…. as do Bishops media contacts.

  • Cockneytrev

    Respect the fact Garth Crooks has recognised that Ashley needs to leave, but I wish he had come out and said, that Ashleys tenure as owner of Newcastle united has been a disaster for the football club, his retail empire has prospered but at the expense of the football…..

  • Dillon Tovak

    Ashley has deprived Newcastle of premier league football, not provided. What a mental thing to say!

  • toonterrier

    So he appointed a top class manager in Rafa. Wow. Didn’t he also appoint a bus load of dikheads to manage the toon. Sooner he gets out the better then hopefully the only way is up. Still think if he sells will keep a large majority of shares so he can keep his tat on show all over the ground.

    • robbersdog

      John Carver claimed that he was the best coach in the Premier League. Perhaps he meant coach driver.

  • Kenny

    The Fat Rat has treated 3 legends in the World of football like shyte.
    Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer & Rafa Benitez, the guy is vermin & if Rafa has any sense at all he will walk in May.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    According to “The Chronic”, Along with agreeing to meet the manager, Ashley offered to buy the squad pizza !
    Well everything will be alright now after everyone has a couple of slices…
    It just highlights how much the owner and his lackeys are out of touch and bereft of any idea of how to run a decent football club.
    They are that naïve that they think daft little gestures like that are going to make a poor side play any better, And the fact it was they who were responsible for the getting together of this rag tag bunch.

    These people have never learned anything in 11 years at the club

    • Kenny

      Nufc will pick up the tab out of the transfer kitty

      • Cockneytrev

        It’s a a corporate expense, a tax right off,,

    • MrShack66

      Pizza Hut lunchtime eat as much as you like special.

  • Realist

    I’ve always liked garth crooks very honest pundit.

    • Leazes.

      You would have to be with a name like Crooks…. that doesn’t explain why Wise fails to live up to his.

  • panther

    already had prem football and rafa approached him, youre wrong on both counts

  • Jonas

    Gawd bless you Garth