Alan Shearer owns Rio Ferdinand after controversial Newcastle comments about

Ashley has been the subject of vitriol from the St James’ Park faithful for his handling of the club in recent years.

Since buying Newcastle in 2007, Ashley has stuck with the Toon through two relegations from the Premier League but remained cautious in the transfer market.

The founder of Sports Direct, Great Britain’s largest sports-goods retailer, Ashley has officially had Newcastle up for sale since October 2017, but has a £300million asking price.

No suitors have been willing to meet that and tempers are flaring from not only the support but current manager Rafa Benitez, who did tremendously to lead his threadbare squad to 10th in the league last season.

Saturday’s 2-1 away loss to Chelsea saw Newcastle drop into the bottom three, and the travelling support sang “You fat cockney b*****d, get out of our club” throughout the game.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, whose clothing brand ‘FIVE’ is sold at Sports Direct, questioned the subject of Newcastle fans’ anger, however.

“When they went down, he spent £50million odd to get them back up, of his own money,” Ferdinand told BT Sport on Saturday.

“He’s done that to get them back up, and by the way, please say thank you for getting Rafa Benitez in. By rights, they’re lucky to have him.

“He wants to move on, what’s the problem? He wants to sell the club. Why should he go and spend millions and millions of pounds?”

Ferdinand then riled fans even more with a provocative tweet on Sunday morning, saying: “@NUFC fans good morning to you all!! Ya clubs turning a profit, no debt, oh & playing in the PL! Terrible!”

Shearer, a Newcastle legend who has been vocal on his negative views towards Ashley, then decide to recite Newcastle’s most recent club accounts from June 2017.

In the report, it details that Newcastle made an operating loss of £90.9m, while the club also made a £41.3m loss after tax.

“The last club accounts tell you they are over £140 million in debt!!” Shearer tweeted with a thinking emoji, in response to Ferdinand.

Earlier in the day, former Sky Sports anchor not only backed Ferdinand but made a bizarre suggestion to Benitez.

“Well said @rioferdy5,” Keys tweeted with clapping emojis. “If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says – spend some of his own money. He’s got enough.

“Management is about teamwork – why should it always be Ashley? Buy it. It’s still for sale. They’re in the bottom 3 & Rafa is responsible. He picks the team.”