At one time Ian Wright would laugh and joke about the problems at Newcastle United.
Not any more though.
He doesn’t tease his big mate Alan Shearer anymore ‘because it is too close to the bone what is actually going on with Mike Ashley with his take, take, take.’
Ian Wright says he speaks to Alan Shearer all the time and clearly the Newcastle United legend has done his job, educating the former Arsenal striker as to what exactly has and is still going on at St James Park.
It also shows how invaluable it is to have big hitters in the media, people who can get the message out about just what a disgrace it is at NUFC under Mike Ashley.
It definitely feels like the tide has turned and much of the mainstream media is now talking about the reality, only the ignorant, the shameless and the corrupt are now towing the Mike Ashley line.
Ian Wright asks where has the money gone, why are there not Premier League level players being bought, why isn’t money being spent on the infrastructure of St James Park, the training ground and the Academy?
It is obviously depressing the damage Mike Ashley has done to the football club and to the morale of the NUFC fanbase and wider community but great now to see him being named and shamed by neutrals such as Ian Wright and others.
Ian Wright talking to BBC Radio 5 Live:
“What Mike Ashley is doing to Newcastle is similar to what the Romans used to do to the Barbarians. Just come in somewhere and totally took it over.
“Don’t care about what is going on, what’s going on with the infrastructure, the people living there, just took over and do everything he (Mike Ashley) wants.
“All he has done at Newcastle…I speak to Al(an Shearer) all the time.
“I don’t joke and mess around with him about it now because it is too close to the bone what is actually going on with Mike Ashley with his take, take, take.
“You mention Liverpools and like what Manchester City have done, what Abramovich (at Chelsea) has done, they have built the community as well.
“He (Mike Ashley) has done nothing for Newcastle or the area, or anything.
“The monies Newcastle have continually made from being in the Premier League, where is it?
“One of the best managers in the world (Rafa Benitez), a man who is capable of doing a lot….where is that money?
“What has happened to it?
“Why are there no players bought at Newcastle?
“Why is there no infrastructure?
“What is he (Ashley) doing for the area of Newcastle?
“What is he doing, what is Mike Ashley doing at Newcastle, apart from take, take, take?
“Newcastle fans have been unbelievable with the patience they have got.
“They are desperate for somebody to buy it…Peter Kenyon, you would hope he would come in and change stuff.
“I just feel for Newcastle fans right now because it is not even a joke anymore.
“It is not a joke, it is terrible what has gone on at Newcastle.”