Geordie Messiah In “Not Geordie Messiah” Shock

People always misjudged the anti-Glazer protests at Manchester United. It was always a more nuanced argument than being against foreign ownership in football. There is nothing wrong with foreign ownership of English football clubs, as long as they are well run. Randy Lerner’s time in charge at Aston Villa is proof of this, as if it were needed. Adding another string to the bow of this argument has been Mike Ashley’s time in charge at Newcastle United, which reached yet another crisis point with what may or may not be the sacking today of Kevin Keegan. It’s still more or less impossible to know whether Ashley is in the midst of a mid-life crisis, but whatever the reasons are for his increasingly eccentric behaviour, it is pretty clear that he is some way short of providing compelling evidence against the owners of foreign clubs taking control of Premier League football clubs. It seems unlikely that Keegan is ever going to be able to lead Newcastle United to the glories that the club seems to think that it has some sort of entitlement to. A record of six wins in twenty-one matches rather speaks for itself, but he did at least (after an absolutely disastrous start) manage to steady the ship enough to ensure that relegation wasn’t going to be a serious issue. Their start this season hasn’t been too...

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