Steve Stone Takes Parting Shot At Mike Ashley's Running Of Newcastle

United's former assistant manager didn't pull any punches...

Steve Stone has criticised Mike Ashley's running of Newcastle United. The Magpies' former assistant manager used Sky Sports' Goals On Sunday to air his grievances about his time at St James' Park, where he was part of Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and John Carver's back room staff. Stone, a former England international during his playing days, lambasted the owner for selling United's best players and not replacing them, he said: "When you're selling the likes of Demba Ba & Cabaye and you're not replacing them, the writing is on the wall. We used to look at the board on the wall at the players we had and say 'this squad isn't good enough'. "We thought we haven't got enough numbers, we haven't got enough quality, and where are the goals going to come from?" "We could actually see it when Pards was in charge. We maybe could get XI out on pitch but this squad's not good enough." He's absolutely right, you know. Pardew saw the players mentioned, as well as the likes of Andy Carroll sold above his head, and in Cabaye's case especially saw no replacement brought in. Demba Ba was replaced by a loan signing in the former of Loic Remy a full six months AFTER the Senegalese hit-man left for Chelsea in a £7 million deal in the type of slapdash, cheaper deal that has blighted Ashley's eight years at the Untied helm. Good on Steve for using his time on the tele wisely! For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook.
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