Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has long been unpopular with the fans, because he is accused of not have to worry about the club and its future.
Therefore, it was somewhat controversial, as the former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, now tv-expert, argued that the fans should thank Ashley for the way he has managed the club.
Not least because Ferdinand ended up in a bit of an unfortunate double role. He sells namely, his fashion label the Five through the Newcastle of the owner of the chain Sports Direct.
Now defends Ferdinand, however.
- I know him actually not so good. I will learn to know him. My problem has nothing to do with forretningsaftalerne, I have with his company.
As they came down, he used 50 million pounds of his own money to get them to move up again, says Ferdinand, according to the local newspaper.
Newcastle is relegation for the time being. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Jason Cairnduff
Rio Ferdinand has won the Champions League with Manchester United - now he's an expert on English BT Sport. Photo: Back Page Images/REX
The former successful manager understands the good that Mike Ashley now after selling the club to the Peyer Kenyon.
- They should thank Ashley. Look at Sunderland, which had just 1.2 million pounds to spend, after they were relegated down into the Championship. They also owe Mike Ashley a big thank you for having downloaded Rafa Benitez (Newcastle's manager, ed.).
Newcastle have been a yoyo club over the years. Now he will not invest more. He has already done it, and he will not do it anymore. Why should he not spend several million pounds again? What if he spends 30 million pounds on a midfielder and 30 million on a striker, and they get injured? So that is 60 million pounds thrown away, it sounded in the weekend from Ferdinand.
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Ferdinand's statements, however, has given rise to wonder and also with journalists.
Ferdinand says that Mike Ashley spent £ 50 million of his own money, to Newcastle would move up. It is categorically not true. The money was earned by the club itself, says the journalist Daniel Storey, who among other things represents the BBC.
- In the Championship the season used Newcastle 55 million pounds on new players. At the same time, they sold Moussa Sissoko for 30 million pounds, Georginio Wijnaldum for 25 million pounds plus some more. Sorry, but Ferdinand says it is a myth, says Storey on Twitter.
- Quite embarrassing of Ferdinand. Either he is incredibly ignorant, or is he deliberately dishonest, writes the journalist Nooruddean Choudry with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter.
In that Championship season, Newcastle United have spent approximately £55m on players. They sold Moussa Sissoko for £30m, Georginio Wijnaldum for £25m and Andros Townsend for £14m, plus a few more. I'm sorry, but it's a myth from Ferdinand.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) 12. January 2019
Utterly embarrassing from Ferdinand. Either incredibly ignorant or wilfully disingenuous pic.twitter.com/MTdV0AGtoP— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) 12. January 2019
Newcastle is after 22 matches just below the relegation zone in the Premier League, but has just a single point up to Cardiff over the line.
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