Ex-Toon manager and twice Messiah Kevin Keegan has been giving Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley some grief over the weekend.
First of all, KK was critical about the ‘over-friendliness’ shown to Andy Carroll by his former team-mates on the pitch before the match, when what we should have done is slapped him with a wet haddock and poked his eye out with a sharp stick.
Pardew didn’t agree that it was a problem and intimated that any perceived over-friendliness vapourised at kick-off. Pardew said:
“I don’t see why he’s got a beef with that.
“I think there was one point where Andy carried the ball and there was four of them trying to kick him!
“If anyone thinks that is any part of the game, I’m surprised at that.“
That wasn’t KK’s only pop at Toon matters though. Earlier in the day he had been giving the press his opinions about Mike Ashley and the £35m he got for selling Andy Carroll, and it’s safe to say that KK doesn’t want to have Mike Ashley’s babies.
“It is not going to be reinvested is it, I think that’s obvious. As a Newcastle fan, if Carroll is the only one you are going to lose you have to be pretty thankful.
“There may well be other players going as we speak. I think they’ll sell two more players and then he will sell the club. And that’ll be the best day Newcastle fans have, when he sells the club.
“I’d love to be able to give Newcastle fans some encouragement but I can’t see it getting any better in the short term.“
Well, I don’t know about that. Ashley is a difficult man to predict but if I had to guess I’d say we’ll see some of the Carroll money reinvested in players and that Ashley has no definite plans to sell the club, which is not the same as saying he wouldn’t sell if the right offer came along. I suspect he would – it’s just that he’s not actively looking to sell it at the moment in my opinion.
But what to I know, eh? Nowt, that’s what!