Kevin Nolan humiliates himself with defend Mike Ashley at all costs interview – Shameful
Kevin Nolan has been on Talksport this morning.
His specialist subject, Newcastle United, on this occasion anyway.
It is quite amazing the number of expert NUFC guests that the likes of Talksport and Sky Sports bring on, where you are then left totally bemused by what they have said.
Obviously we expect nothing less from Dennis Wise and others.
However, you then get people who are ex-Newcastle players and/or fans, where they say the exact opposite of what the overwhelming majority of NUFC fans are saying/thinking, almost as though they are reading from a prepared script…
The likes of Shola Ameobi, Steve Harmison, Bobby Moncur and a few others spring to mind, now we can add Kevin Nolan.
He was decent as a player but as we all know, that doesn’t always equate to how they are as people, in terms of their character.
The problem with things such as Talksport, or indeed much of the media, is that when the ‘Newcastle United expert’ comes out with things that are ridiculous and untrue, there is not the will nor the knowledge of the presenter and/or other guests to say, hang on, you’re talking rubbish.
Only Kevin Nolan (and one or two others…) will know his real motivation for coming out with this Mike Ashley is great charade.
Kevin Nolan speaking to Talksport:
“With Mike, you can’t fault him.
“We had a bit of a dispute with him years, and years ago when I was there over the bonuses, as players, we wanted X amount, and he said: ‘This is what you’re having and if you don’t want it then don’t sign it’.
“That’s the way he is and I think he has been like that for the last 10 years, also when I was there, so I don’t think he’s ever changed, Mike.
“When he first went, he had great intentions of putting Newcastle United back on the map but obviously he’s lost that now and he wants to sell it. There’s no two ways about it, he wants to get out.
“But I think what he has done is he’s still been able to finance the club, and make sure that everything is still running smoothly.
“You go up there and it is a fantastic club, what he has done within the ground is fantastic.
“I genuinely believe that the fans want a sale, Mike wants a sale, and I think when that happens everybody will be happy, and Mike as well.
“But, I mean, the whole Rafa Benitez thing, I think he knew what he was going into when he first walked into that club, because Mike is not one who will move the goalposts: ‘This is what you get, this is what you’re going to have and this what I want you to work with’…and I think Rafa has done quite well in working the media in terms of the way he feels and what he wants.
“But I think Mike is one of them, he’s a businessman, he’s stubborn and he wants to do it his way.
“With Mike he will give that money [£30m from Ayoze Perez sale], I’m sure, or the majority of that money, back to the manager who is coming in, anyway.
“That’s one thing he has done with Rafa, if he was able to sell [players], I think he was given the money.
“I think it’s a club, because of the fans, because of the city, I think there’s not many people who could turn Newcastle down, and I think although he’s not going to be investing heavily, I think they have a squad good enough to be in the Premier League and I think that is the most important thing for Mike is to keep them there and get this sale across, and then they [the fans] can move on and Mike can move on in his way as well.
“Listen, I have been with Mike in meetings and he wants to sell just as much, but he wants what he feels the club is valued and what he’s put back into it, which in terms of the money what he is asking for now, I don’t think it’s massive money for anybody who is going to go to Newcastle and see what the prospect of building that club and if they could get that at the club into the top six, it could go off the scale because of everything it already has there.
“So I feel for the fans, I feel for Mike as well it’s crazy because obviously being a player and getting to know Mike and the obviously being so close to the fans. You feel torn because you know exactly how hard he [Mike Ashley] is trying to give the Newcastle fans what they want.”
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