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Simon Jordan pitching to run Newcastle United for Mike Ashley?

10 months ago
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The question is, what is the relationship between Simon Jordan and Mike Ashley.
There must be something, otherwise his behaviour just doesn’t make sense.
Imagine if on a regular basis you had Sir John Hall speaking out in the media about the situation at Crystal Palace.
The former Newcastle United repeatedly giving his opinion on what was happening at Selhurst Park.
Passing judgement on Roy Hodgson and the Palace supporters, whilst at the same time constantly praising the job the owners of Crystal Palace are doing.
You would think it all a bit crazy, yet former Crystal Palace owner does exactly this with Newcastle United.
Surely he must be pitching for the job of running  NUFC on behalf of Mike Ashley – he would actually fit in quite well judged by the many ridiculous appointments previously made by Ashley.
I remember the rumours when Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United, that he was going to get (former Arsenal main man) David Dein to come and run the club.
Instead the appointments have been a lawyer on a temporary basis (Chris Mort), somebody who ran a casino (Derek Llambias), and the last one left in the office, former secretary Lee Charnley (who followed the bloke that did a runner to work at Newcastle Airport, rather than tolerate working for Ashley).
Those football people who were employed with any influence have tended to be the kind of people who feature in your biggest nightmares – the likes of JFK and Dennis Wise.
So surely Simon Jordan would fit in perfectly.
Happy to do Mike Ashley’s dirty work even when he is not a named employee, so just imagine what he would be like if the NUFC owner did bring him in?


Simon Jordan has now launched a cringeworthy attack on Rafa Benitez, saying that the Newcastle manager is only ‘about Rafa Benitez’ and is using Newcastle United as ‘an opportunity for him to advance himself.’
After leaving Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, I think safe to say that Rafa could have taken any number of more straightforward jobs to act as a ‘stepping stone’, rather than taking over at a mental club that was all but relegated already.
If Benitez was only looking after himself he would not have come to Newcastle and certainly wouldn’t have stayed on when relegation was confirmed.
Anyway, interesting to see what qualifications resident NUFC expert Simon Jordan has, when speaking about his favourite subject.
Well, he was a disastrous owner at Crystal Palace, eventually his regime ending with the club going into administration.
As for his expertise with managers, very interesting to see that in his first three years as Palace owner, he had nine managers – six permanent and three caretaker.
In fact the longest he had a manager for was when he employed his mate Neil Warnock, although even that ended with the pair falling out.
It is laughable that a nobody such as Simon Jordan can criticise a quality manager such as Rafa Benitez and at the same time give glowing references to the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United.
If you think there is no chance of Simon Jordan running NUFC on Mike Ashley’s behalf, remember the embarrassment that was Joe Kinnear’s time as manager of Newcastle, yet he then later went on national radio (Talksport! – There must be some connection…) to declare he was coming back to replace ‘Derek Lambesi…’
Simon Jordan speaking on Talksport about Rafa Benitez:
 “It is difficult to defend the indefensible…I have mixed emotions.
“I know that Rafa Benitez walks on water.
“I know that they (Newcastle fans) see him as the second coming.
“I don’t see Rafa Benitez that way.
“Rafa Benitez is about Rafa Benitez.
“And if there is an opportunity for him to advance himself, something that he thinks is better than Newcastle, then he will be out the door and leave behind these adoring fans.
“I believe Newcastle are a stepping stone for him.”
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