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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is the Premier League's all-time top scorer with 260 goals and a leading TV pundit from the BBC's flagship football programme Match of the Day. Euro '96 Golden Boot winner Alan will be sharing his thoughts on all things football every week throughout the 2016/17 season.

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Shearer Says: “Newcastle fans have every right to be pleased about a sale”

Magpies hero gives his thoughts on the news

There was some big news earlier this week for Newcastle fans, when it was announced that Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale.

I have heard some people say we have to be careful what we wish for, however, at the moment we are a stale football club.

Outside of the top six in the Premier League, Newcastle are the best supported team. Globally we have a big fan base and we have a world class manager.

Expectations

Newcastle fans don’t expect to be challenging for the Premier League.

All they want is to feel their side can and wants to compete. Simply treading water with no ambition is not fair on their loyalty.

At the moment we have an owner who does not want to be there and does not understand this football club. He is not prepared to spend his own money and invest in the team.

He has openly apologised on television for undermining previous managers. This is nothing but good news for the club.

Ashley seems to enjoy antagonising the fans and going against what the club stands for, so the fans have every right to be delighted by this news.

Onwards and upwards

We can either sit still and continue being stale or we can dream and hope for better things. The fans deserve that.

The club is crying out for success. People outside of Newcastle may not see how big they are. The fans are passionate and desperate for success.

We had hundreds of thousands of fans lining the street when we were beaten in the FA Cup final. You can imagine the support if we were successful.