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Shepherd: “Maybe Ashley is right in his policy and I was wrong”

October 30th, 2011 | 25 Comments |

Shepherd heaps praise on Ashley.
Time to get behind Ashley, says Shepherd
Former Newcastle United owner Freddie Shepherd has surprisingly good things to say about the man who took over from him.

Freddie Shepherd celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday and in his after-dinner speech he actually heaped a load of praise on Mike Ashley which, given some of the criticism Shepherd has slung Ashley’s way in the past, is a bit of a surprise.

Shepherd said:

I am still a massive Newcastle fan. True to say Mike and I have not always seen eye to eye but you’ve got to give him some of the credit for what is happening this season.

I think it’s time for the fans to get fully behind him and give him a chance. After all, no one really owns Newcastle because it’s simply a football institution.

Maybe he is right in his policy and I was wrong. Maybe we gave our managers too much money to spend in the transfer market. I reckon we spent around £300m on players like Alan Shearer, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Tino Asprilla and Michael Owen. (more…)