Shepherd: Ashley to blame

19 May 2009 08:47
Former chairman Freddy Shepherd has told current owner Mike Ashley to 'stop whingeing' and claims he is to blame for Newcastle United's current predicament. The Magpies head into the final day of the season in serious danger of being relegated from the Premier League and Shepherd claims the buck has to stop with the club's current hierarchy. Shepherd, who sold the club to Ashley in May 2007, told The Sun: "Relegation would be an absolute disaster in terms of corporate and the crowd. "It took us 12-15 years to get a big ground, a great academy and a good set of players. "We left and all of a sudden there's a disaster - and you can't make a profit out of a disaster. "One thing that is really upsetting is the whingeing that is going on. They blame everyone but themselves. "They have to look at themselves and say 'what have we done wrong here' and not start blaming other people. It annoys me that they seem to blame me all the time. "Every year we were there we made a profit. There is only one person to blame and that's the guy who decides who is going to run the club. "Lots of people can buy football clubs but not many can run them."

Source: ESA