Many people say Ashley was suckered in by Shepherd and Hall but maybe he was the wise one and saw the TV money would solve the losses NUFC were making. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if Shepherd had remained at Newcastle that extra money would have probably been wasted but it would have at least been an opportunity to turn things around.
As for insulting the fans….you couldn’t make that accusation up. Douglas Hall and Freddy Shepherd himself having to resign because of their disgraceful abuse of Newcastle fans, Alan Shearer and especially the good ladies of Tyneside.
Sir John Hall’s son became Deputy Chairman at Newcastle United and was of course caught in the News Of The World sting alongside Freddy Shepherd with the infamous comments referring to Aln ‘Mary Poppins’ Shearer, replica shirts made for a fiver and the good ladies of Tyneside described as ‘dogs’.