Mike Ashley’s new PR stunt begins as TWO ex-Mags make shameless claims on Sky Sports

John Carver and Shola Ameobi have both defended the potential appointment of Steve Bruce during shameless appearances on Sky Sports News this weekend.

Carver – a pal of the 58-year-old Owls boss – believes Bruce would be a ‘stable appointment’. Here’s what he had to say in his laughable defend of the current Sheffield Wednesday manager:

If he does get appointed then he has got my support. He has got a lot of people’s support in the North East (Has he??).

“He is a Geordie guy (That doesn’t make him a good manager..).

“He is from just down the road in Corbridge (Again, that doesn’t make him right for the job).



“Loves the football club…but not just that, he has got a good record in the Premier League (no he doesn’t – see below).

“I think he is just short of 1,000 games as a coach and as a manager.

“So he is a stable appointment and let’s get behind him.”

It’s absolutely laughable to see Carver defend his Premier League record. Just look at his top flight numbers below:

Then to Ameobi – the man currently on Mike Ashey’s payroll (appointed as our loan manager this summer) and someone who’s defended him live on Sky on numerous occasions now.

He’s claims ‘the fact he’s a Geordie is the cherry on the cake’. I don’t even know where to start with this. Shola says this like he’s Sir Bobby – yet he’s actually a Championship manager who is in no way qualified to become Rafa Benitez’s replacement at Newcastle United.

To make matters worse (even though he was trying to make peace), Sky Sports’ Pete Graves defended the pair, claiming they only want the best for Newcastle and love the club – shooting down claims from NUFC fans that they were only speaking out as part of a Mike Ashley PR stunt.

If Carver and Ameobi are genuine and still ‘love’ the club, how on earth can they sit and defend Bruce’s ability to be A) Rafa Benitez’s replacement & B) our PL manager with this record?

If they wanted the best for Newcastle United, then why do BOTH defend Mike Ashley – the man KILLING this club – and promote Steve Bruce’s potential appointment – a Championship manager with a woeful top flight record.

These people do NOT speak for us Newcastle United fans. After all, they are the only ‘Mags’ I’ve seen who seem content with Steve Bruce’s potential appointment after yet another shambolic summer.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Mike Ashley’s new PR stunt begins as TWO ex-Mags make shameless claims on Sky Sports

  1. It is what it is – if Bruce arrives then he will do his bit – if it’s good enough he might survive – if not The Owner will have no hesitation in binning him, wasting another season of my life, and I don’t have too many of them. The crying shame is that he won’t get a chance. The stats published are unarguable against except in context – how many teams in chaos did Benitez Keegan and Sir Bobby manage – 1 at most – the others were all good teams before the managed them and they made them better. Which top 6 team has Bruce been given the keys to before now – none so he’s done what he’s done over a long period of time – not spectacularly but adequately. Geordie’s always give people with the love of United in their DNA, a fair crack of the whip – all I see on the various fans forums is trolling a guy who has a) not yet been appointed b) is reputed to have accepted the lowest wage in the Prem and c) doesn’t need to exchange his fast developing Championship club, likely to get promoted, for an utter shambles of a club which is being made worse day by day by the outpourings of grief that Rafa did not fancy another 3 years on not getting his way. Benitez is a amazing world class manager but he likes to be liked, as do most of us and but a culture of dependency and hero worship has grown up around him and you can only sustain that for so long. So he’s gone and it is what it is. My old man often told me in the Joan St Club – it’s nice to be nice son and always pay your round – good advice

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