Steve Howey suggests what might happen if Mike Ashley leaves Newcastle

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has painted a picture of potential life without Mike Ashley.

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey told the Morning View for Sky Sports what he fears might happen should Mike Ashley leave the club.

There is pressure surrounding the owner at the moment to sell up and move on, with Magpies fans discontented with everything going on at St James’ Park.

However, Howey feels that should Ashley decide to suddenly sell the club, it could leave them in a difficult position.

“I will make this point, and I know Newcastle fans will probably batter me for this, but I think you’ve got to be careful what you wish for with a new owner,” he said.

“I don’t think Ashley has done brilliantly but at the same time he could sell up and Newcastle could turn into a Portsmouth or a Leeds.”

The lasting effects of financial trouble on Portsmouth and Leeds United have been obvious, with both clubs previously in the Premier League and now battling away in the Football League.

Those situations were different but it’s impossible to predict how stable or unstable Newcastle would be under a regime, which isn’t controlled by or dependant on Mike Ashley.

Newcastle need to put points on the board to create a cushion between themselves and the bottom three because there is going to be more for fans to be agitated about than just Mike Ashley if the club goes down.

Newcastle just need to find a way to stay up, then the club can go back to the drawing board to look at making some serious change over the summer.

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