Kevin Keegan has urged fans to stay behind the team to maintain our Premier League status – insisting that our presence in the top flight will be essential in attracting potential new buyers.
He insists that a takeover WILL happen if a ‘sensible price’ is set – feeling certain that there will be plenty interest in the club – and reminds fans that Ashley ‘will go’ and ‘can’t last forever’.
This comes from Keegan’s night at the Sage in Gateshead last night, with him sharing his thoughts on the his early days at the club, the Entertainers era and the current situation under mike Ashley.
Here’s what he said when asked about protests and the takeover situation during a Q & A session last night:
“People say to me: ‘Why don’t the Geordies just boycott the games.’
“I say no.
“I always say he can’t last forever – he will go.
“Be patient and keep doing what you are doing which is supporting your football club because if that club goes down again because there’s no support there, it could dive again.
“It could take longer.
“So it’s better to be in the Premier League for people to come and buy it.
“If he puts a sensible price on it then he will get a buyer.
“It has to be a sensible price.
“I don’t know what that it is, I wouldn’t want to guess at it.”
“For me, your patience so far has been fantastic.”
Keegan makes a good point.
Protests are fair, showing our clear discontent and rattling Ashley and his Sports Direct brand, however boycotts could do more harm than good.
When the team is struggling so badly, this could tip us over the edge a seal our fate as far as our Premier League status is confirmed – and that would only set us back as far as a takeover is concerned.
We saw it last year with Staveley and we’ll no doubt see it again with Kenyon this year – investors do not want to pump hundreds of millions of pounds into a club that may be heading towards the drop.