West Ham United’s Karren Brady comments on Newcastle United’s Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner and Lee Charnley look on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in...

West Ham United’s Karren Brady shares her thoughts on Newcastle United’s Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley, Owner of Newcastle United is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 27, 2018 in...

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has suggested in The Sun that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will not sell the club on the cheap.

Brady has also suggested that Ashley does not understand the philosophy of football and a football club.

Brady wrote about Ashley in The Sun: “He might seem to have all the charm and belly of a building site foreman but, boy, he also has a stomach for deals that enhance his company. He is a brilliant deal maker.

"A dozen years ago he saw Newcastle — with their 50,000 gates and great history — as a natural for a refit and profit. It hasn’t exactly worked but there’s no way he is going to undersell his club.

“My belief is that when Ashley bought the club he didn’t understand the philosophy of football and a football club well enough.

“I suspect he still doesn’t but in appointing Benitez he gave himself a chance — as well as a pain in the neck.”

Vice-Chairman of West Ham United Baroness Karren Brady  at the Players' Project Launch  at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England.

Premier League safety

Newcastle are a massive club and regularly get 50,000 fans for their home matches, but the Magpies are an also-ran in the Premier League.

The Magpies appear to be safe from relegation to the Championship at the end of the season, and much of the credit has to be given to manager Rafael Benitez.

Benitez is a master tactician, and with limited funds, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager has managed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League yet again.

Disappointing season

West Ham were expected to challenge for the seventh or eighth spot in the Premier League table this season.

However, the Hammers have not been exactly great, with injuries playing an important role in Manuel Pellegrini’s side not having a very successful season.

The Hammers are 11th in the Premier League table at the moment with 42 points from 34 matches, five points behind seventh-placed Leicester City.

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in London,...

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