Paul Merson absolutely misrepresents Newcastle United owners – Shocking even for him
We are well used to Paul Merson, in terms of just how little ‘research’ he does before opening his mouth.
As a ‘football expert’, the former Middlesbrough player simply relying on his inherent intelligence and knowledge, rather than messing about with any of that looking up facts nonsense.
No real harm done when it comes to predicting what is going to happen in various matches week by week, actually quite entertaining when we hear some of what Paul Merson comes out with, the zero research meaning so often he gets it so wrong.
However, I do think that the likes of Paul Merson and others, have at least a duty to make sure of their facts before they come out with more damaging stuff. Saying things that are absolutely not true…and in these two cases below regarding the Newcastle United owners, claiming the exact opposite of what was the actual reality.
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports – 11 January 2022:
“Someone told me they [the new Newcastle United owners] have all the money in the world.
“Take a chance and spend it, if you have all the money in the world.
“It’s alright going down into the dressing room and having a go at the players.
“Do they think the players are going to listen to them?
“Seriously, what is the owner going to say to them?
“The only thing he can say to them is: ‘I’ll give you £100,000 if you keep us up.’ What else can they say? They are in it now.”
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
Eddie Howe revealing that the Newcastle United owners visited the players after the Cambridge defeat – 8 January 2022:
“They did pop in to see the players, [though] I personally wasn’t in there for that.
“Then they saw me with my coaching team after.
“I believe they were very supportive to the players.
“Highlighting the fact that we are very much in this fight to stay in the league together and they [the Newcastle United owners] are very much behind everybody.
“I can’t thank them enough for that support.
“I think it was really beneficial for the players to be able to see that and hear that, because this journey we’re going on currently and this fight we’re in to stay in this division, is a united effort from everybody at the club.
“The supporters are playing their part, no doubt, they’ve been magnificent, and the owners wanted to show their support for the players, which is really welcome for me.”
Paul Merson stating the Newcastle United owners ‘going down into the dressing room and having a go at the players’ when the absolute opposite was true. It was Eddie Howe who made public that the visit by the NUFC owners had happened and that it was a positive visit, all of us in this together and rallying morale. Not slagging the players off and doing the opposite.
Paul Merson again…
‘New owners thought it was going to be easy’
“They [the new Newcastle United owners] took over and thought it was going to be easy.
“Trippier is a good player who will roll his sleeves up and that is what you want, but they are not where they are in the table because of the right-back. We never sit and watch Newcastle and moan that they haven’t got a right-back.
“They’ve just made him their highest-paid player ever, so he sets the bar. Whoever comes in now is going to be the highest-paid player and then the next person in, and so on.
“Surely, they are not bringing in a centre forward and he’s going to be on less money than the right-back?”
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
Amanda Staveley interviewed by NUFC TV – 11 November 2022 after appointing Eddie Howe:
“We’d met and spoken with Eddie some time ago and we discussed his appointment, actually, back when Mike [Ashley] was running the club, but we had to do a full search of the marketplace and find the perfect fit, Eddie is the perfect fit.
“We had to have somebody leading the club who was not frightened of relegation.
“It would have been an easy for us not to buy the club, wait until post-Christmas…see where the club is sat in the league, then make the acquisition…we decided [though] that if we didn’t get it now, it wasn’t going to happen, we felt we had to take that risk.”
“The welcome we have had in Newcastle has just been so extraordinary, so special, we just don’t want to let anyone down. One of the things I want to do is to be able to communicate with the fans and if we do make mistakes we will quickly own up to them and put them right.”
“Investment is needed at every area [of the club]…there is a lot of investment needed…whether that’s new training facilities, we are looking at building a new academy.”
Paul Merson stating that the new Newcastle United owners ‘thought it was going to be easy’ once taking over the club, when they once again said the exact opposite from the very start!
The new owners making absolutely clear that they were taking over a complete mess of a club, that needed investment in every single area after 14+ years of Mike Ashley neglect AND in particular, making clear that there were huge shorter-term problems confronting them.
To their credit, the new owners ready to state what all fans already knew, that with inheriting such a mess of an unbalanced squad lacking quality in so many areas thanks to Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, this was going to be a really tough relegation fight. As shown when Amanda Staveley did that interview, stating that they had needed to appoint somebody who was ‘not frightened of relegation’ because taking over a club in such a mess, in a relegation position during the season with still three months until a transfer window (which even then would never be easy to bring in the right players).
On the less serious and more amusing side, Paul Merson both praising and criticising the signing of Kieran Trippier is impressive! If you sign the England right-back who so recently has won a La Liga title and played in the final of the Euros, little wonder he then becomes Newcastle’s biggest earner.
It is bizarre to then question why Newcastle would buy a quality right-back who was keen to come here, all areas of this NUFC team / squad need improving and bringing in better players then also improves those around them.
Also, in the modern game, full-backs / wing-backs are now seen by many as key positions that teams rely on for much of their attacking strength, as well as the defensive part of their jobs. Chelsea have players such as Marcos Alonso and Reece James, the latter was their biggest attacking threat when scoring two cracking goals at St James Park at the end of October, whilst much of Liverpool’s recent success has been down to Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.
Kieran Trippier was a key member of the Atletico Madrid team that won La Liga last season, named in the La Liga best eleven of the year as well. Trippier got six assists in only 28 La Liga matches last season, with Chris Wood now having signed for Newcastle on Thursday morning, no reason why this pair can’t combine for a fair few goals in the fight against relegation.
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