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Kevin Keegan urges Ashley to sell Newcastle and hails Benitez on talkSPORT

first_img getty It appears the hated Magpies chief is attempting to patch up his broken relationship with the club, having attended Newcastle’s last two Premier League games after going 16 months without watching his team play.Newcastle are still without a win in seven games this season and Ashley took the team and manager Rafael Benitez out for dinner this week in a perceived attempt to boost morale.But Keegan, who clashed with Ashley during an ill-fated second spell as manager, appears to be having none of it.Asked if he has a message for the Newcastle owner, Keegan told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Sell the club and let’s hope and pray somebody who takes it over realises what they’ve got.“I long for him to go because he’s not right for that club.“He bought Newcastle like a wealthy man would buy a yacht or an expensive car.“You can’t do that with football clubs, with the passion in the cities and the towns, and if there’s one club in the world you can’t do it with it’s the one he chose in Newcastle United.“He cannot treat it like he does one of his shops.” Newcastle fans have campaigned to get Ashley out of the club Keegan’s second spell as Newcastle manager lasted just eight months after he fell out with Ashley over a lack of investment – sound familiar? 3 “I’ve got maximum respect for Rafael Benitez, he’s the only thing keeping the supporters sane at the moment.“They get it, they like him. Any other manager with the results he’s had this season would be under-fire, but the Newcastle fans understand what’s happening.“I think Rafa is doing fantastically. He can’t be getting the hassle I got, otherwise he wouldn’t still be there.“But I think he’s still getting some of the problems that were there ten years ago.”Listen back to Kevin Keegan on talkSPORT above! Keegan also hailed manager Rafael Benitez for sticking with the club despite his frustration over transfers.The St James’ Park legend says having the Spanish coach in charge is the ‘only thing keeping fans sane’ and insists he is not under pressure despite the team’s dreadful start to the campaign.Speaking about his troubles with Ashley, Keegan added: “There doesn’t seem to be any real long-term planning or strategy.“There wasn’t any when I was there in that short eight months. It was hard as manager to get any idea of what the vision for his football club was. That’s very difficult – the direction has to come from the top. Kevin Keegan has sent a stern message to Newcastle United’s much-maligned owner Mike Ashley: “Sell the club to somebody who cares!”The former Toon star and boss – a legendary figure in the club’s history – joined talkSPORT on Friday to have his say on the turmoil at St James’ Park.Angry supporters have campaigned for the billionaire retail tycoon to leave for years due to his lack of investment and an apparent lack of interest in the club.Ashley has been heavily criticised for his regular absence at games over his 11-year reign at the club, although that has changed in recent weeks. 3 3 Benitez is adored by many Newcastle fans last_img read more

Need to manage workload of bowlers in IPL, says MI bowling coach Shane Bond

first_imgFormer New Zealand pacer and Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has said it is necessary manage the workload of bowlers considering the tight schedule of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The former Kiwi seamer, who was one of the fastest bowlers of his times, gave the example of Sri Lankas out-of- form pacer Lasith Malinga.”There is a lot of discussion between myself, (MI coach) Mahela Jayawardane and (team) management about managing him (Malinga) through a tighter schedule (of the) IPL this year,” Bond told PTI here.”We are aware about all our bowlers and (need) to manage workload, and in particular for the guys (players) who have come back from injury.”Even though Mali (Malinga) hasnt had the best of times, there were going to be games he was to be pulled out because we wanted to make sure he is fresh and rested,” added the 41- year-old from Christchurch. An out-of-form Malinga, who has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka and MI, has been leaking runs this IPL season. “This is a long tournament and we want guys all fit and fine at the back-end of the tournament.We have got good back-up in Mitch (Mitchell) Johnson and Tim Southee. So thats the challenge for us now, who to play, because we have got a good bowling stock,” said Bond. Table-toppers Mumbai Indians have so far played eight games at the Wankhede stadium and their bowling attack has been so far impressive.Also Watch:last_img read more

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