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Alan Shearer hits back at Rio Ferdinand's claims about Newcastle and owner Mike Ashley

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has hit back at former England team-mate Rio Ferdinand following his comments about Mike Ashley and Magpies fans.

Never change, Alan.

Ferdinand prompted widespread condemnation - not only from Newcastle fans but the whole football fraternity - when he defended Ashley on BT Sport ahead of Newcastle's defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

The 40-year-old suggested Magpies fans should thank Mike Ashley for spending £50milion of 'his own money' to win promotion during the 2016/17 season, despite United generating over £80million in player sales that same campaign.

He also suggested fans should thank Ashley for bringing Benitez to the club (even though Benitez approached Newcastle) when asked about the Spaniard's frustrations at Newcastle's transfer business.

“They should say thank you to Ashley.

And they owe a thank you to Mike Ashley for getting Rafa Benitez.” Many fans were quick to criticise Ferdinand for his lack of research, but it did not deter the former West Ham and Leeds star as he then took to social media on Sunday to further defend Ashley.
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