A number of Newcastle fans lauded Henry Winter for comments that he made on Sky Sports this morning about the club’s prospective takeover.
In a clip that was shared on Twitter by @stevewraith, the journalist said on The Sunday Supplement: “You can just see how much they were hated, the joylessness of the Mike Ashley era. The things that he stands for is completely antithetical to Newcastle.”
“Newcastle fans are not stupid. They’re not expecting to win the Champions League and they’re not expecting really to win the league but they want a chance. They want some hope that they can actually see pride in the shirt, see attacking football, see the likes of another Ginola or another Shearer.”
— steve wraith (@stevewraith) April 26, 2020
As noted by Chronicle Live, the Amanda Staveley-led consortium is on the brink of completing their buyout of the club from Ashley and the prospective new owners are confident that the Premier League will give them the green light following their Owners and Directors checks in the coming days.
If the takeover goes through, it will end Ashley’s 13-year ownership of Newcastle United, during which they were twice relegated from the Premier League and he faced a barrage of protests from numerous fans of the club. Greg Tomlinson, a board member of Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust, has described the relationship between Ashley and the fans as “broken” (as per Forbes).
These Magpies supporters on Twitter praised Winter for his comments on the projected takeover:
Nailed it @henrywinter!👏👏👏
— Evgeny Kolobrodov (@Jason_Mag) April 26, 2020
Clearly understands the region and fans at a deeper level than other main stream journalists. This is about football and investment in the region. Nothing else
— Mitch forster (@mitchforster) April 26, 2020
Thanks @henrywinter not many people in your position say what we really want they just paint us as people who expect to win titles when we have never said that,your the first person apart from @GeorgeCaulkin @MsiDouglas and @LukeEdwardsTele say this it means a lot thanks again
— Arron Gallagher (@_arrongallagher) April 26, 2020
Top man @henrywinter 👏🏼⚫️⚪️
— Rich Miller〽️⚫️⚪️🇸🇦 (@Rich1982Miller) April 26, 2020
Excellent from Henry Winter, someone who understands how the fans of NUFC feel…
— Paul (@Ideson48) April 26, 2020
Brilliant, gets its big style 👍
— Alan Jones (@jonesyall3) April 26, 2020
Henry Winter has gone way up in my estimates through this. Level headed and gets it.
— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc) April 26, 2020
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