Ex-Premier League owner takes swipe at Newcastle fans while making Sunderland and Middlesbrough claim

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at Newcastle United supporters – and says North East neighbours Middlesbrough and Sunderland would 'bite your hands off' to be in the Magpies’ position.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:55 pm
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.

Talk of a potential takeover continues to rumble on at St James’ Park, with United fans keen to see the back of owner Mike Ashley.

Yet Jordan says supporters should be grateful to be in their current position, especially given what has happened to other clubs in the area.

“You are the only team in the North East that's in the Premier League,” Jordan told the White and Sawyer Show on TalkSport earlier this week.

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“I am sure the Sunderland fans will bite your arms off at your wrists to have some of your dreadful experiences right now. I am sure the Middlesbrough fans, who have a brilliant chairman in Steve Gibson, would bite your hands off to have this dreadful person running their football club whilst they reside in the Premier League.

“We have got to get context. There is a sense of entitlement at a new generation of football fans that comes from social media that says they can say and do as they want.

“I don't think Mike, without getting too into detail, I don't think he pulls out of deals. I don't think people put a cheque on the table for him to do a deal – I might be wrong, but I don't think this deal will happen.”