After a difficult start to life back in the Premier League, the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are in a very good mood.
Indeed, our resident Geordies are delighted to see their side sitting fourth in the Premier League after three wins on the bounce, after a difficult few months under Mike Ashley.
With Rafa Benitez having publically vented his frustration about how things were panning out in the transfer market, quotes from a former Toon player about the hierarchy on Tyneside in the Chronicle show just how long they’ve been a problem for the club.
Jose Enrique – who left St. James’ Park for Liverpool in 2011 – annoyed the Magpies faithful by slagging off the club upon his departure, though has opened up as to why he saw fit to do that.
Recently retired, the Spaniard has shed light on the matter and the punters propping up our bar are starting to see him in a new light.
”They were the club that gave me a chance in England and we shared some brilliant moments – I was proud to be part of the team that took Newcastle back to the Premier League and I think that first season we were all excited about what might happen.”
“But the club was selling its best players. I thought they did not want to challenge to be the best in England and I allowed my frustration to get the better of me. It was a moment of madness.”
To be fair, it’s hard to blame Enrique. While fans are well within their rights to feel angry at some of his comments, Newcastle have been relegated twice under Mike Ashley and the very same problems talked about by the former defender are still in play.
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