Well, today has seen Matt Ritchie become the latest person to try and defend Mike Ashley on talkSPORT; a show that feels like the retirement home for the terminally clueless.
Firstly, let me say I really like Matt Ritchie.
He’s been a vital player for us over the last three years, on and off the pitch and obviously slagging off their employer off isn’t a wise move for anyone.
Before I go on, here’s what he’s actually said today, stating that he ‘doesn’t understand’ the current negativity towards the NUFC owner:
I understand some of the sentiments behind what he’s saying, he wants the fans to get behind the team. However one sentence stands out……. “I don’t understand the unrest”…..absolutely mind boggling stuff from a player who I really thought was a little wiser to the whole situation.
He then talks about everyone pulling together being an important part of the success he had at Bournemouth. I honestly don’t think you can get two owners/chairman who are further apart than Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, and Maxim Demin and Jeff Mostyn at Bournemouth. Certainly when it comes to extracting the last drop financial resources they possibility can to push the club forward, and how much they do for the community and town of Bournemouth also.
And why Talksport? A media outlet full of “experts” who simply don’t get it. Often portraying us as high maintenance fans and Ashley as the victim in all this.
I hope this doesn’t stain Ritchie’s legacy and favour with Newcastle fans, and once again he’ll be important this season, but it’s very ignorant and ill advised.