Newcastle United lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Saturday night, but it's pundit Rio Ferdinand who has made himself a surprise villain with Magpies fans.
Pedro had put Chelsea 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge, and whilst Ciaran Clark pulled Newcastle level, Willian ended up winning it for the hosts in the second half.
With Burnley and Southampton winning as well as Cardiff City drawing yesterday, Newcastle have now slipped back into the Premier League relegation zone.
Fans are understandably unhappy, but Ferdinand suggested to BT Sport that Newcastle fans should be happy with being a Premier League club and should even thank Mike Ashley.
Ferdinand praised Ashley for spending '£50million of his own money' to get Newcastle promoted in 2017, failing to mention that the sales of Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat that summer totalled far more than that.
Ashley's reign has become famed now for a lack of spending, especially in January was he rolls out the famous line that he's close to selling the club just before the transfer window opens, meaning he won't spend on new signings.
Rafael Benitez is working with one hand tied behind his back at this point, and there again appears to be a lack of funds available this month.
If Newcastle fans were unhappy last night, then they won't have been impressed this morning as Ferdinand tweeted the club by sarcastically saying that Newcastle's situation was 'terrible' given that they're 'turning profit' and playing in the Premier League.
Newcastle fans have hit back with fury, suggesting that Ferdinand's comments are 'disappointing' and 'lack class' as he continues to flippantly address the issues of fans who have been left frustrated for a long, long time.
Other supporters pointed out that the club isn't turning profit, Ashley is, urging him to remember that, as a fan, you want to see your club succeeding or at least aspiring to success – something Newcastle seemingly aren't doing.
@NUFC fans good morning to you all!! Ya clubs turning a profit, no debt, oh & playing in the PL! Terrible!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 13, 2019
No debt @rioferdy5, apart from £130m Mike Ashley insists #nufc owes him because he lent it to the club he is sole owner of. Don't let facts or your sports range clash of interest get in the way of your story. Just ask #Ashley where all the TV, shirt & advertising money has gone?— Howard Linskey (@HowardLinskey) January 13, 2019
Turning a profit. But I Thought Ashley invested his own money for transfers. Going back on ourselves we see.— James Camp (@james_campo) January 13, 2019
You know what is good to see here, @rioferdy5 isn't just being hit by #NUFC fans, it's fans from loads of clubs as even they can see what Ashley is doing to @NUFC nufc— Anthony I'Anson (@AnthonyIAnson) January 13, 2019
True fans that would hate someone like Mike Ashley being anywhere near there club.
I applaud you all well done
As a football fan, turning a profit is my proudest achievement the glory, the rivalry, the players, the games, the goals, the memories of turning a profit have been magical. Have you lost the understanding of passion for supporting a football club?— Kevin McKenna (@caoimhin85) January 13, 2019
Aye, relegated twice, back in the relegation zone, 'owe' him £140m, refuses to spend money on transfers, have a net spend of -£2m over the last three windows and have gone from a contender for European places to a yo-yo club since he took over. Lucky us. You clown.— Tom Carlisle (@TomJCarlisle) January 13, 2019
Rio, did you play football to win games or to make a profit? Depends what your motivation is I suppose. Why is that profit then not reinvested into the club through academy facilities or playing staff? Would respect your opinion motif you had researched effectively #NUFC— Simon Pugh (@toon1978) January 13, 2019
always respected you but yesterday your comments were I'll advised or you did not think before speaking. Disappointed— Mark Bolam (Peachy) (@BolamMark) January 13, 2019
Lack of class Rio. Whatever view you have is not backed up with facts but this flippant attitude is more insulting as people actually care about our club and where it is at the minute. In the same way as you will be disappointed by where Man U are and have made comments on that— Stuart Mulheron (@smulhero) January 13, 2019
Turning a profit but massively in debt despite not spending a penny in the most profitable time there’s ever been in PL football . Doesn’t sound right does it. Where’s the money gone for the last 11 years Rio? Goading fans now I see! #conflictofinterest #sackrio @mrjakehumphrey— ajf (@foxaj) January 13, 2019
I dunno why you're so proud of your ignorance like.— Michael (@fttw_) January 13, 2019
Ya club's turning profit - No, Mike Ashley is. The club gets nothing, despite Ashley promising 'every penny the club generates' to Rafa.
No debt - No, there's £144m in debt.
Oh & playing in the PL - We're in the bottom 3.#NUFC
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