The current state of Newcastle United Football Club is upsetting for all fans. From the working class 9-5 who lives for his weekend fix of football, right up to former players who used to represent the club and still count themselves as fans.
Following Steve Harper’s testimonial on Wednesday night, a few of these former players shared their opinion on how they felt about some of the decisions that are being made at the top, and needless to say, they were not impressed.
Rob Lee was among those who shared his thoughts, and he was particularly scathing about the decision to appoint Joe Kinnear as the new Director of Football by saying,
“Kevin Keegan sold this club to me when I joined. If Joe Kinnear was speaking to you, are you going to join this football club. I’m not so sure….. They aren’t coming. Players don’t want to join Newcastle anymore.”
Former Toon striker Andy Cole accused Mike Ashley of “lacking ambition” and that some of the decisions that were being made at board level were “upsetting the punters”
Finally, record goal scorer Alan Shearer, who had a brief spell as manager of Newcastle United in 2009, said that he felt that the 1996 team that almost won the Premier League title under Kevin Keegan was “the best any Newcastle fan will see in his lifetime” but added that the club should aim for either the F.A Cup or the League Cup, stating that “the fans here deserve it”
What is also interesting to note is that a few former players have went a step further in their criticisms of Mike Ashley. Rob Lee and Faustino Asprilla have recently been seen endorsing the Mike Ashley Out Campaign and are among other high-profile former players who have been very critical of the owner. Others include John Beresford and Robbie Elliott who have taken to social media to vent their displeasure at Mike Ashley following the poor summer transfer business by the club.
Surely Mike Ashley must be concerned about the growing tide of discontent among Newcastle United fans, especially now that high-profile former players are coming out and being so vocally critical of the Newcastle United owner. Questioning his ability and ambition in such a public way will only give movements against him more momentum and validity.
Personally, I think this club will never have any shred of ambition until Mike Ashley is out of this club. If you are of the same mindset, and you want to lend your support to a movement that is designed to see Mike Ashley removed from our football club then I suggest that you follow @Mike_Ashley_Out on twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the groups developments and see how you can support your football club in a truly meaningful way.