Rio bored of Ashley complaints: ‘Round your money up then’

Rio Ferdinand believes Mike Ashley is doing “what he thinks is right” for Newcastle and says if the fans are unhappy they should “round up money” to buy the club.

Newcastle have a fight on their hands to remain in the Premier League with both Ashley and Steve Bruce receiving regular stick from the Toon fans.

But Ferdinand suggests if they’re not happy with the current situation they should put their hands in their pockets…

“He don’t care what people think,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel.

“It’s his club and he’s doing what he wants to do.

“Whether you like it or not, he’s the one that’s put the money up and he’s doing what he thinks is right for the club.

“Whether the Geordies don’t like it… a lot of them hate him and don’t like him but… round your money up and take over the club then.”


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The former Manchester United defender also took aim at the club’s poor record at bringing through young players, insisting “first dibs” in the north east should mean more talent emerging into the first team.

He added: “That’s my biggest point with Newcastle, like, they’ve got that area locked off, all of the north east is basically Newcastle’s because Middlesbrough aren’t in the Premier League, Darlington etc are not in the Premier League. So they have first dibs on all of the talent in the north east.

“Why have they not nurtured more more players into that first team? I don’t get it.

“Whether it is investment, or the quality of that the structure of that process at the club isn’t right.

“If I was a Geordie, if I was a Newcastle fan, that’s where I would be shouting and pointing my finger.

“Not enough has been done with the talent that must be kicking around in Newcastle. It’s impossible to think there aren’t more [good local players who should have been developed].”

Ferdinand did admit the Geordies’ fanatical support deserves a better team to shout about.

“I loved playing there, what a place to play,” Ferdinand said.

“We used to hurt them but it was an unbelievable place to play. What a stadium.

“We were beating them one time…and this is how good their fans are, the Geordies yeah.

“I have to just tip my hat to them. We were beating them something like 6-1 and they were still singing their songs for their club and clapping their team.

“It was unbelievable and all our players were in the changing room, saying did you hear that? Did you hear what was going on there.”

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