It is a massive waste of potential under Mike Ashley at Newcastle United.
The NUFC owner slaughtered on Sky Sports on Sunday morning.
It is always so much the better as well when it is a respected journalist saying it who has no connection whatsoever to the club or area.
Oliver Holt writes for The Mail on Sunday and declares the situation at St James Park to be ‘toxic’ under Mike Ashley.
You would be hard pressed to find a Newcastle supporter who would disagree.
Oliver Holt is actually a Stockport County fan but recognises that Newcastle United are ripe for a takeover, for somebody to come in who would take the club forward and potentially also do so much for the region as a whole, as the owners at Manchester City have done.
The Mail on Sunday man goes so far as to say that he thinks both Newcastle and Leeds should be top six clubs, ‘great English clubs’ that are not currently fulfilling their potential.
As Holt says, the past 18 months or so have at last seen Leeds attract decent ambitious owners, after a disastrous time under a succession of chancers.
Newcastle United of course very much in danger of seeing themselves replaced by the Elland Road outfit in May, unless they (NUFC) get rid of their very own chancer.
As Newcastle fans we all know it is a crying shame what has become the reality under Ashley and it isn’t that we expect to win trophies, just that the club is ran in a way where it is given every chance of being the best it can be.
Oliver Holt speaking on Sky Sports – Sunday Supplement:
“It doesn’t have to be somebody local (who buys Newcastle United), I know that is the dream, but it does have to be somebody benevolent who wants to buy into it – like (Manchester) City.
“I know that there are lots of question marks about the regime in Abu Dhabi, I totally get that, but if you look at what they have done around (Manchester) City, around the area…
“What I see as an outsider when I look at Newcastle, is a waste. A waste of potential, a potential of a fantastic club.
“I was up there for the Great North Run a few weeks ago and I got the Metro back into town. The first thing you see is this Cathedral (St James Park), it is the City’s Cathedral isn’t it, on top of the hill.
“It is the thing that dominates the City.
“If I had two clubs that I think it is a waste (of their potential at the moment), it would be Newcastle and Leeds, and at least Leeds appear to be getting back to what they once were.
“Newcastle and Leeds should be top six (in the Premier League) in my opinion, they are great English clubs.
“And what I see going on at Newcastle…it is toxic and it is a shame.”