Pundits have made some bizarre statements about Newcastle United this season. But Rio Ferdinand’s latest outburst makes the rest look reasonable in comparison.

The former Manchester United man spoke about the Magpies on his podcast on YouTube, and came up with the perfect way for the fans to get Mike Ashley out the club.

I don’t know how we didn’t think of it ourselves. God bless Rio Ferdinand for giving Toon fans the solution to all their problems.

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“It’s his (Mike Ashley’s) club and he’s doing what he wants to do,” Ferdinand said.

“Whether the Geordies don’t like it, a lot of them hate him and don’t like him but…round your money up and take over the club then.”

Last summer, Mike Ashley agreed a £305million deal to sell Newcastle United.

You would imagine he still wants that fee, so Rio Ferdinand thinks Toon fans can just have a whip round and somehow reach £305million.

If there were 50,000 Newcastle fans inside St James’ Park, they would each need to pitch in £6,100 to reach the magic number. And that’s before we find the cash to actually run the club.

£6,100 can get you a lot, such as 762 of Rio Ferdinand’s caps which are available at Sports Direct. I’m sure that has nothing to do with why Ferdinand refuses to criticise Ashley…

For reference, the value of Newcastle United is equal to 38,125,000 of Ferdinand’s caps, which are currently on sale for just £8.

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Ferdinand has history with crazy Newcastle claims

What an idiotic thing to say by the ex-England defender. The sad thing is, it’s not surprising from a man like Ferdinand.

He felt the wrath of Toon fans in 2019, when he stated we should be thanking Ashley.

Apparently he shouldn’t spend £60million on two players because they might get injured.

So Ashley shouldn’t spend any money, but we should raise £305million to take the club off his hands? Right then…

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It’s actually frightening how ridiculous this is.

Ashley’s reign as Newcastle owner has been about as successful as Rio Ferdinand’s boxing career.

And standing by Steve Bruce could be another knockout blow towards Newcastle’s hopes of survival.

At least if we go down, the club will be worth less and we won’t have to raise as much cash to complete a takeover.

So who’s setting up the GoFundMe page?

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