The Ranting Of A Man Who Gives Geordies A Bad Name

Last updated : 08 November 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd says he will fight on, just as he did in his schooldays, despite fan protests calling for his resignation.

The Toon are within goal difference of the bottom of the Premiership yet amazingly he claims Newcastle have only produced "one bad game this season".

Shepherd: "I'm a Geordie, same as them. I'm not going drop my head, I'm going to get in there and fight and I know the Geordies are going to get behind us.

"Right now, it would seem I am the only one prepared to do this job and it's one I will continue to do to the very best of my ability and with the best interest of the club at heart. These things happen in football and the fans are entitled to protest.

"I've got full confidence in the players and the manager. We'll get out of this blip. We've had nine injuries, including Michael Owen, who was brought in to replace (Alan) Shearer, and Kieron Dyer with long-term injuries. It's not an excuse, it's a fact. But I'm not going to drop my head. I'm going to get in there and fight.

"It's a public company. I've got to do what's best for the business. If a Geordie Abramovich knocked on the door, I'd gladly do whatever to secure him. But I don't want to lead the fans up a cul-de-sac because there is no-one there."