The two people you trust above all others when talking about Newcastle United, are Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer.
At the very other end of the spectrum are Mike Ashley and those willing to do his dirty work.
It says everything about Ashley’s 11+ year reign, that he has alienated the two greatest living Newcastle United legends, and indeed has done everything he can to try and turn fans against the pair, when they called out the NUFC owner on his running of the club as well as their own personal treatment.
Kevin Keegan has done an invaluable job with his new book in further exposing how rotten the club has become under Mike Ashley, Alan Shearer declaring: ‘Kevin’s book tells it exactly how it is. He has been inside the club and knows what it is like. It is an honest account of what happened at Newcastle during his second time there as boss. Good for Kevin for telling everyone. I like it.’
Like all other decent Newcastle fans, Shearer has poured scorn on the recent PR stunt when Mike Ashley flew up for a meal with Rafa and the players.
As for Mike Ashley telling players he will pay for a holiday if they avoid relegation, the former number nine says the idea is laughable, in terms of what kind of an incentive is it, to offer a jolly to people who are millionaires? Indeed, he states the owner would have been told to ‘shove it where the sun doesn’t shine’ if he had still been playing for Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer says that instead of PR gimmicks for the media, Mike Ashley needs to very belatedly back the manager with some quality signings in January.
Alan Shearer writing in The Sun:
‘Mike Ashley offering Newcastle players a free holiday if they avoid relegation is an insult.
If I was a player at that team dinner on Wednesday and he offered me that, I would have told him to shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.
I would have said, ‘Instead of spending money on a holiday spend it on the football club and back the manager!’
As a player, that might give me hope and extra motivation that we’re all in the fight together.
These players are on from between £30,000 and £100,000-a-week, they are multi-millionaires.
Does he not think they can afford any holiday they want? They have spent ten months with each other and my guess is that the last thing they would want is to go away as a team.
As for the dinner, how is that going to make you better as a player?
If you are motivated by that, or by the owner being at matches, there is something wrong with you. Was it a coincidence that the meal happened on the same night fans were meeting to discuss future protests against Ashley?
And was it a coincidence that it happened at the same time that Kevin Keegan’s book has come out criticising the owner?
Maybe I am just being cynical but Kevin’s book tells it exactly how it is. He has been inside the club and knows what it is like.
It is an honest account of what happened at Newcastle during his second time there as boss. Good for Kevin for telling everyone. I like it.
I am also suspicious as to why the owner has been at the last three games when he hadn’t been at one for 16 months beforehand. Let’s hope it means he is closer to selling the club.
Ashley supposedly said he does not want Rafa Benitez to leave and he will back him in January.
But I don’t believe a word that comes out of Newcastle these days.’