STEVE Howey says Newcastle United supporters should be “careful what they wish for” amid protests surrounding the ownership of Mike Ashley.
Several thousand supporters boycotted last month’s home game with Tottenham, while protests have continued to take place in the weeks since.
However, Howey – who played for Newcastle between 1989 and 2000 – has warned fans that things could be a whole lot worse, despite the fact the club is now locked in a relegation battle.
The former defender told Sky Sports News: “I will make this point, and I know Newcastle fans will probably batter me for this, but I think you’ve got to be careful what you wish for with a new owner.
“I don’t think Ashley has done brilliantly, but at the same time he could sell up and Newcastle could turn into a Portsmouth or a Leeds.
“I always said through the Alan Pardew campaign: ‘be careful what you wish for’. You’ve got to be really careful.
“Even though it’s dreadful at the moment, financially they’re on an even keel.”
Despite fears over the future of the club under new ownership, Howey agrees with the supporters’ views on the lack of ambition shown by Ashley.
The club’s policy towards the cups, in particular, angers the 43-year-old.
He added: “We don’t demand a team that wins, we just demand a club that tries.
“Everyone thinks Newcastle are a club happy to be in Premier League and be mid-table, but everyone’s massively disappointed that they don’t even bother going for any of the cups.
“They’re a great opportunity to get into semi-finals and Wembley.”