Alan Shearer on Mike Ashley, fans boycotting and the takeover – Brilliant stuff ahead of Arsenal
Alan Shearer ahead of the new season.
As usual, we can rely on the Newcastle United legend to deliver when talking about the issue facing NUFC.
It is invaluable to have somebody like him, with the respect he carries, to be fighting our corner.
For those Newcastle fans who will be boycotting Arsenal, Alan Shearer totally understands ‘…because the life and soul really has been sucked out of Newcastle United over the last 12 years. They just want a bit of hope.’
Shearer ridicules Mike Ashley and the way he tries to manipulate the media especially when pretending he is trying to sell the club: ‘It comes up every 18 months and nobody genuinely believes a takeover is going to happen. Something is only for sale if you have a willing seller.”
On the owner allowing investment in the playing squad, the NUFC legend says that it is little wonder fans are so disillusioned with an average net spend per year of less than £6m per season.
Alan Shearer is also concerned for his big mate Steve Bruce who Shearer says he ‘loves dearly’, the former number nine having advised him not to go and work for Mike Ashley.
Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:
“There is a lot of unrest in Newcastle because the life and soul really has been sucked out of Newcastle United over the last 12 years.
“They just want a bit of hope and this owner hasn’t given that.
“He himself has said in recent interviews he’d give himself one out of five for ownership. He as put his foot in it on more than one occasion he’s admitted, so that’s why there is so much unrest towards him.
“I think over the 12 years he has owned Newcastle United there has been a net spend (on players) of £67m, around £5.6m, £5.7m, on average per season, and that is another reason why fans are feeling they are having to put up with more than they should do.
“Some fans are going to boycott (the Arsenal match) on Sunday and I totally get that.
“No cup runs for such a long time, since Mike Ashley has been here, usually going out in the first or second round (that they play).
“I don’t think there is any ill feeling towards Steve Bruce, who is a friend of mine.
“I spoke to him before and after he got the Newcastle job and when he said to me ‘What do you think?’, I said I don’t think you should take it because I like him and respect him.
“I hope he does a fantastic job but I just didn’t want him to go the same way as Rafa Benitez, as Kevin Keegan and other managers that have been at Newcastle.
“Most fans want him (Steve Bruce) to do very well, the problem they have is with the owner.
“I don’t think they (the fans) realistically expected it (a takeover) to go through (this summer), it is copy and paste.
“It comes up every 18 months and nobody genuinely believes a takeover is going to happen.
“Something is only for sale if you have a willing seller.
“That is what I think and what the vast majority of fans think.
“Steve Bruce is a friend of mine and I love him dearly and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him.
“Hoping and praying that he can do a great job but it is going to be very difficult for him.”
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