Mike Ashley is not a popular man among the St James’ Park faithful. Indeed, it’s strange to think that he was downing a pint of lager in the midst of the Toon Army at the Emirates a few weeks ago, when his presence among supporters now would probably put his life at risk. The owner is fearful of even going anywhere near the Tyneside club which he currently owns, and this latest revelation will do nothing to dispel the theory that he wanted to make a quick buck out of Newcastle.
Setanta report that Sam Allardyce, someone who was unfairly dismissed as manager of the Magpies last January, has spoken out against Ashley, claiming that there was never any long-term plan as far as the United owner was concerned. The ex-Bolton gaffer claims he’s now glad to be out of St James’ Park after sipping from the poisoned chalice for just a handful of months before receiving his marching orders.
“It is going from bad to horrendous now,” Allardyce, who was sacked by the club last year, told Talksport.
“I am glad I am out of it.
“It is crystal clear now what the motives were for Mike Ashley. It is clear he did buy the club in the hope that he could quickly sell [it] on for a vast profit.
“What I did was not in line with him. I was in it for the long term. I was there for the building of a football club.”
Perhaps Fat Sam will be invited back by the new owners to have a second bite of the cherry at St James’ Park, or maybe not if the fans have anything to do with it! Still, it seems as though Allardyce and Keegan failed as managers due to a lack of financial support from the club’s owner, who has been reluctant to dip his hand into the coffers and improve the team in the process. Newcastle fans surely deserve a well-run club when the new owners come in!