By Danny Wright
Former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn has not held back with his latest comments about owner Mike Ashley following what is widely seen as a disastrous summer transfer window for the club.
Following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League last season, Ashley promised Rafa Benitez his full financial backing going into the summer break, but after many players were shifted out, the first-team still looks very much the same.
Only six players came in while none of them are widely seen to have made any major improvement to the squad that won the Championship title last term.
Of the five new faces, after Christian Atsu made his loan move permanent, only three of them started in the last fixture against West Ham, and even then only some of them played due to injuries and suspensions.
Quinn, 55, has made no secret on the Newcastle Chronicle website where he thinks the blame must lie, and has savaged Ashley for his lack of support for Benitez.
“Let’s make no mistake, we have been but it’s done now until the next transfer window. Let’s be positive, we played really well against West Ham and yes Rafa and the fans have been shafted by Ashley and I think it’s nothing more than just a business for him,” Quinn said.
“He’s come out smelling of roses in terms of cash; the money from promotion, from being back in the Premier League, the wage bill coming down and that [Moussa] Sissoko money – we’ve been short changed but it’s no surprise.
He added: “He’s soulless, there’s no communication with the fans, no connection; it’s absolutely soulless.”
Newcastle have been widely criticised by pundits and even their own fans for what has been a poor summer for the club.
Other than Atsu; Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Joselu, Jacob Murphy and Mikel Merino have been the only players brought in while other promoted teams like Huddersfield have made vast improvements to their squads.
In other Newcastle United news, an international manager has blasted Benitez for his management of this Tyneside fan favourite.