Kevin Keegan slams Mike Ashley as ‘running Newcastle from different planet’

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Kevin Keegan has slammed Mike Ashley and says the Newcastle United owner is running the club from ‘a different planet’.

The former Newcastle boss, who fell out with Ashley and resigned in 2008 before taking the Toon owner to a tribunal, said fans has been treated with “such disrespect”.

I hope and pray they get a result against West Ham and then something good happens, with Mike Ashley selling because he doesn’t understand the club.

Kevin Keegan

“It is not difficult to work out unless you come from another planet and I think Mike Ashley runs that club from another planet,” said Keegan to the BBC’s Sportsweek show.

“Fans are being treated with such disrespect. It is almost as if Mike Ashley has said, ‘what is the worst I can do, change St James’s Park and call it Sports Direct’. Incredible. Fans don’t want to go to games, they want to protest.

“The answer is not to boycott the game, but to get through the season, stay up, hope and pray someone with lot of money who cares about the club comes along and says, ‘that’s for me’.

“They need to sit down with sensible people, not those that Mike Ashley put around him in the past. I had the misfortune to work with some of them.

“It is not just me urging him to go, everybody connected with that club, even people employed there. It is time for a change.”

The Magpies play West Ham today and must match Hull’s result against Manchester United to stay in the Premier League.

Keegan added: “It will be a nerve-jangling day and their fans don’t deserve it. I hope and pray they get a result against West Ham and then something good happens, with Mike Ashley selling because he doesn’t understand the club.”