Newcastle owner Mike Ashley slammed by Sunday Supplement panel

Sky Sports Sunday Supplement panel took place earlier today. On said panel was The Mail on Sunday’s chief sports writer, Oliver Holt who was very vocal on his views about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

‘They just want someone in charge of the club, as Sir John Hall was, who is passionate about the club and is willing to back managers’

Speaking about Ashley on the Sunday Supplement panel, Holt stated:

“What I see as an outsider is a waste, a waste of potential.

 “You come into the city and you see that stadium – it is the city’s cathedral.

“If I look at two clubs that are a waste I would say Leeds and Newcastle, but Leeds at least appear to be getting back to what they once were. Leeds and Newcastle should be top six – they are great English clubs.

“It is toxic, what it is going on there, but it is a shame.

“He [Ashley] is toxic for the football club and has been for a long time.

 “High profile members of the media have absolutely no idea about that football club.

“The fans just want a bit of hope and he has drained the hope out of that club. The biggest thing that irritates fans is that the club is such a big part of the city, a big part of the community.

“They just want someone in charge of the club, as Sir John Hall was, who is passionate about the club and is willing to back managers, and give them hope a trophy may be on the horizon, something might happen.

“This does not happen with Mike Ashley. I am not saying it is any different with Aston Villa fans, I am just saying that the criticism of Newcastle fans is that their expectations are unrealistic, and they are not.”

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Rafa Benitez to be sacked by Newcastle?

While it is quite clear to most people that Ashley is not backing Newcastle enough, Rafa Benitez’s side are now without a win in eight league games.

As a result, Benitez’s future as Newcastle boss is being called into question.

Newcastle have had quite a tough start to the season.

Five of their eight league games have seen them face top sides such as Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

However, even in games against lesser sides such as vs Cardiff, Newcastle have failed to muster up a win.

The Magpies next game is vs Brighton and Newcastle are in desperate need of all three points vs the Seagulls.

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