Despite Mike Ashley’s infamous unpopularity on Tyneside, with supporters often protesting his ownership, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has come out in defence of his tenure and claimed ‘he isn’t a difficult man to deal with’.
Speaking to TalkSPORT via the Newcastle Chronicle, Jordan took a somewhat rare approach when describing Ashley as a business person and all-round human being – describing the Sports Direct owner in a positive light.
Since launching a takeover of the club in 2007, Sir John Hall had previously described the tycoon as ‘the right person to take the club forward’, but fast-forward 12 years and the consensus among supporters couldn’t be more contrasting.
Newcastle are currently sitting 14th in the table with just three wins out of their last 10 Premier League matches – with new recruits Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron having scored one goal between them.
Here’s how some of the Geordie faithful responded to Jordan’s verdict on Twitter:
Tell that to those trying to buy the club.
— Steve Hilliard (@flowmanuga) November 28, 2019
This from a guy who ran palace into the ground . A failure as an owner and as a person.
— Damien Coughlan (@dynamodamo) November 28, 2019
— Carl Rowell (@smokemeakipper6) November 28, 2019
Still, nobody’s interested what Simon Jordan has to say 🙄😩🤦🏻♂️
— Cloggsy Goodwin (@cloggsy71) November 28, 2019
He’s obsessed with Newcastle
— Mr Potato Head™ (@aborisdrone) November 28, 2019
Off you pop Simon back in your box your comments are hollow to us #Ashleypuppet
— John Scorfield (@Jaffa956) November 28, 2019
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