He hit back at pundits on different media outlets (Wise, Keys and Gray?), claiming they ‘haven’t got a clue’ – also insisting that it’s absolute ‘nonsense’ that us Newcastle fans feel we have a god given right to success.
Here’s what he had to say, setting the record straight on Newcastle fans, Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez’s current situation:
"It is absolute nonsense"
Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey launched an impassioned defence of Rafa Benitez and the Toon fans on The Debate
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 30, 2018
“There’s a lot of criticism about NUFC fans – they think they’ve got a god given right to success. That’s nonsense. It’s not the case. You get people coming on on different media outlets and they haven’t got a clue.”
“NUFC fans are frustrated because they can’t see the club progressing under the current owner.
“Mr Ashley was on Sky and used this as a platform to say he’d get every penny generated and he wanted to sell the club. That didn’t happen.”
“Rafa Benitez has spent £13m on three players. It doesn’t get you anywhere.”
To say it went down well with fans on social media is an understatement and rightly so.
After weeks of hearing uninformed pundits and former pros defend Mike Ashley, question Rafa Benitez and us fans, it’s nice to actually hear Sky give a platform to someone who actually knows what they’re talking about when it comes to all things NUFC.
Steve Howey is on Sky and he’s educating the masses 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) August 29, 2018
Steve Howey playing a blinder on The Debate on @SkySports at the moment. Nice one Stevie 👍🏻
— Howard Walker (@1HowardWalker) August 29, 2018
Nice to see Steve Howey brilliantly and clearly articulating the fan’s frustrations on Sky. Feels like the noise being made by @IfRafaGoesWeGo and @TheMagpieGroup_ is finally starting to break through
— Harvey Dodds (@sholaisgod) August 29, 2018
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