Once again a so-called professional pundit rounds on the Newcastle fans. Is it any coincidence that this latest one is an ex-Manchester United player that probably has massive respect for what Steve Bruce achieved at his Club and is likely a friend?
It’s Rio Ferdinand’s turn on the bash the NUFC fans rota and he has said this – “Whether the Geordies don’t like it, a lot of them hate him, but round your money up and take over the club then.”
Absolutely abysmally absurd from someone that has his own house to put in order before he should step into a house and neighbourhood that he clearly knows little about and understands even less.
Here’s what Steve Harmison had to say back to Ferdinand in a brilliant response to his pathetic comment:
Look, I daresay that if someone in our fanbase had the wherewithal, time, money and energy to orchestrate and lead a fans takeover we’d certainly get enough fans interested. However, we know that such a movement would be impossible to rally especially if you consider this.
My hand is up. I’d be willing to invest if a trustworthy and reputable leader/consortium could be found. How much? Well, here’s some figures for you. Let’s say the asking price is still £350m and I was asked to donate £100.
That would just leave us needing 3,499,999 others to follow suit. Unrealistic. Ok then I’ll up my stake to £1000. Then we’d still need 349,999 more to get us the Club. Remember too that for £1000 I’d probably demand a season ticket but then we only have 52,000 seats.
So, let’s ask 52,000 to donate to get the £350m. That would mean £6731 each to guarantee them a seat. But then we have to give away fans tickets and so the price goes up and up. Look, I know this Maths lesson is all pie-in-the-sky but at least I’ve considered it – which is more than we can say Ferdinand has when he throws around his flippant comment.
Is it a coincidence that Ferdinand’s far from flattering or quality clothesline is sold through Ashley connections? I think not.
He’s another one of those pundits that opens his mouth and doesn’t think about what comes out and seems to think getting at genuine people is both justified and funny. It isn’t and it’s not. But my last thoughts on this matter go back to Steve Harmison’s brilliant response on talkSPORT.
Harmy nailed it 350,000,000%! A North East sporting legend coming from an Ashington sporting family of local repute where virtually the whole family played either cricket or football at a high level and in a lot of cases both.
From a hard-nosed Northumberland mining community that clearly does understand it’s people and their need to be part of a community that lives and breathes people and living together in harmony. They know what it takes and what matters.
I know Harmy and have met him a few times. What I know about him is that he’s totally genuine and a real true fan of NUFC. He still lives in Ashington and supports his local community fiercely and his views are well worth listening too and are a much better response to the situation.
Gets the passion. Understands the pain of Ashley’s regime. Is spot-on about local players not being recruited. His punditry is far from lazy and his question to Ferdinand, “do you really want a Premier League without Newcastle?” That deserves an answer!
Harmy I bow to you and your fantastic response where you got it spot-on! One of the 52,000 guaranteed!