NEWCASTLE ................................................................... 0 Ashley sees for himself legacy of his tenure
NEWCASTLE United fans turned the heat up on owner Mike Ashley at St James’ Park as the Magpies spluttered to defeat against Leicester City.
Ashley tried his best to laugh off some of the chants directed his way but nobody on Tyneside is in jovial mood with the club very y much in a relegation fight in the Premier League.
No longer can the excuse of facing the big spenders apply to United – even though this weekend’s visitors spent £104million during the summer.
What Ashley and his managing director Lee Charnley need to grasp, and quickly by the look of it, is that type of summer spend is pretty much the going rate these days.
Newcast l e are a club that have
neglected not only their fans but also their playing staff.
The fact that the home side’s ONLY shot on target came when Jonjo Shelvey tried his luck from 60 yards sums up the sorry plight of the Magpies. Rafa Benitez’s name was still chanted by some fans with the team 2-0 down but even the Spaniard endured some negativity on the day as his one of his tactical changes was booed.
But Benitez can only do what he can with the money that’s been afforded to him in recent windows.
The truth is the owner needs to sit down in a room with Benitez and work through the problems.
Or Ashley has to finally accept somebody y else deserves a shot at running the club and sell up. Something surely has to
give? A smiling A s h l e y took his p l a c e i n t h e s t a n d s just before the kick-off kic as United loo looked for their fififirst first win of the season. Newcastle created a good chance after five minutes as Matt Ritchie rolled the ball down the ri right for DeAndre Yedlin with his cross picking out Ayoze Perez. His shot, however, was blocked bloc by Wilfred Ndidi and Leicester cleared their lines. Leicester responded in th the early stages with a tame shot from Kelechi Iheanacho before Ricardo Pereira weaved into the box and his effort effo took a deflection which went out for a wast- ed corner. On 17 minutes Perez slipped the ball to Joselu who beat the offside trap and had a chance to shoot.
But Joselu took an age to get his shot away and Harry Maguire steamed in to win the ball.
Four minutes later, Christian Atsu clipped in a left-wing cross for Mo Diame but he directed the ball wide.
Newcastle would go on to rue missing both first-half chances as Leicester were then handed a gift-wrapped chance to take the lead.
The visitors went ahead on the halfhour mark after DeAndre Yedlin handled in the box after Harry Maguire’s shot.
Ref Simon Hooper pointed straight to the spot to allow Leicester to grab the lead.
SHOTS ON TARGET SHOTS OFF TARGET CORNERS FOULS POSSESSION
Yoshinori Muto of Newcastle United reacts after missing a chance