Alan Shearer claims Mike Ashley ‘OSTRACISED’ him from Newcastle after advising the former owner about the club’s direction and felt ‘unwelcome’ until the new owners arrived, with Eddie Howe inviting him to a training session
- Alan Shearer has revealed former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ‘ostracised’ him
- The Toon legend had eight games in charge of his hometown club back in 2011
- When he left, Shearer gave reviled owner Ashley advice on the club’s direction
- The Premier League’s all-time top scorer says Ashley excluded him from the club
- Shearer revealed current boss Eddie Howe has invited him to a training session
Alan Shearer has revealed former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ‘ostracised’ him from the club.
The hometown hero, who is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer after a ten-year, 206-goal spell on Tyneside, spent eight games in charge back in 2011 in a desperate attempt to save the Magpies from relegation.
But Shearer, speaking in an interview with current boss Eddie Howe in The Athletic, claimed that after he advised Ashley on the club’s future direction, the reviled then-owner excluded him.
Alan Shearer (left) claimed former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ‘ostracised’ him from the club
Toon legend Shearer, who spent eight games in charge back in 2011, revealed Ashley excluded him from Newcastle after Shearer had advised the businessman on the club’s future direction
He said: ‘Kevin (Keegan) came back under Ashley and was treated dreadfully. I gave it a go as manager (briefly), told him what I thought should happen next and never heard from him again. All of us were ostracised from the club we used to be.
‘I’m very moved when Eddie extends an invitation for me to go to the training ground and speak to his squad. I couldn’t have done that under Ashley, because I felt so unwelcome. Now, I’m torn.
‘I’m very conscious that, to some players, I’d be seen as the fella who hammers them on Match of the Day from time to time and wonder if I should keep that distance, but there’s another bit of me that would love it. To smell the grass again, to feel part of things. Man. That pull of home.’
Shearer, 52, also asked Howe about the new owners. The club is 80 per cent owned by PIF, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, a country with an appalling human rights record using their ownership for the purposes of ‘sportswashing’.
The Saudi government is accused of a litany of human rights violations – including persecuting gay people, imprisoning outspoken critics of the government, the murder of dissidents, and war crimes.
He also said he was invited to a training session by current boss Eddie Howe (pictured), who spoke out about the club’s hugely controversial Saudi Arabian owners, who took over in 2021
On confirming the takeover, the Premier League insisted it had received ‘legally binding assurances that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United Football Club’, despite the fact Saudi Arabia clearly owns its own wealth fund and PIF’s website lists Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the fund’s chairman.
Fair Game, a body including 25 British clubs promoting constitutional change in football, insisted the owners’ and directors’ test is ‘widely considered to be ineffective, slow and no longer fit for purpose’.
And human rights campaign group Amnesty International highlighted ‘numerous serious shortcomings’ in the Premier League’s rules, ‘with no bar on ownership for those complicit in acts of torture, slavery, human trafficking or even war crimes’.
When asked if Howe thought about the ownership situation, the former Bournemouth boss said: ‘Yeah, of course. I’d be lying if I said no, because that’s not true. But I think, for me, when the Premier League went through the rigorous tests that they needed to go through and then ratified the takeover, that was important.’
‘From my perspective, it is all about football and sport. That’s what I live. My world has been lived around sport and I’m making football decisions. And I think, hopefully, people can see that.’
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