Newcastle United fans have been left fuming on social media after owner Mike Ashley issued an official statement following the club’s final game of the Premier League season.
The Magpies left the supporters with a game to remember as the campaign came to a close, goals from Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez sending them and their team mates on the way to a 3-0 win over Chelsea and securing a top 10 finish in what was their first season back in the Premier League following promotion from the Championship 12 months ago.
As the dust settled on the season, Ashley, who is renowned for taking a back seat on footballing matters and generally remaining quiet in the background, released an official statement via the club’s official website, congratulating Rafael Benitez, the team and thanking the fans for their support.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has thanked Rafa Benítez, the players and the club’s supporters following the club’s tenth-place finish in the @premierleague.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018
However, despite confirming that he wants to keep the popular Spaniard in the dugout, the Toon Army were raging on Twitter over comments suggesting that he would give “every penny” that the club generate to Benitez to splash, with a similar promise made last summer, when the Magpies were among the lowest spenders in the top flight.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
— Daz (@dazfowler1) May 13, 2018
£124 million generated via TV and a 10th place finish. If Rafa gets less than that, you are the pantomime villain you’re portrayed as fat man!
— Simon Cooper (@coopermatic) May 13, 2018
Get off the bandwagon Mike… no one wants to hear from you today and stop taking the gloss off a fantastic season
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) May 13, 2018
— Craig Jacques (@Craig_Jacques) May 13, 2018
Fair enough mate but repay our support and Rafa by backing him it’s never to late to change who you are #NUFC
— Robbie Lawson (@rlnufc) May 13, 2018
Mike Ashley, sell up and shut up. False promises a dozen, empty promises the same. We do not want you as a part of our club. #nufc
— CHARLEY ROBERTS (@The_C_Roberts) May 13, 2018
Mike Ashley ‘hopes very much’ Rafa Benitez stays at #NUFC.
Yes Mike, we all do, but the thing is you are the one who has the power to do anything about it. Talk is cheap, that’ll be why he likes it. #AshleyOut
— James Lowery (@jlow88) May 13, 2018
Oooh Mike Ashley has made a statement………..that means and counts for nothing and he probably knows nothing about
— Dunny (@mdunn1977) May 13, 2018
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