It’s fair to say that things at Newcastle are a little bit dicey at the moment, even though there is a bit of a gap between them and the relegation zone, that hasn’t stopped a few nerves creeping in, best exemplified by this tweet from local newspaper The Chronicle.
And it has led to talk about what the club’s ambitions really are from club legend Shearer. Speaking to Premier League Productions (quoted by The Chronicle), he claimed that the club’s only ambition at the moment is to stay in the Premier League.
He said: “The owner at Newcastle is only bothered about one thing and that’s keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League. They’re not bothered if they finish fourth-bottom or fifth-bottom so long as they stay in the Premier League so I don’t see them panicking as yet.”
However, Newcastle United fans took issue with those claims, as they suggested that owner Ashley wasn’t doing a very good job of showing even that level of ambition whilst he keeps Steve Bruce in a job as head coach:
“At the minimum cost possible. Idiot.”
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You do start to wonder at what point Ashley has to consider Bruce’s position given the pressure he’s under from the fans, while you sense that Shearer is not exactly content with his perceived approach to club matters either.