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Newcastle legend Shearer slams ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan over southern claims

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has taken a swipe at former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.

Shearer says Jordan's wrong to claim Toon fans have never accepted southerners at the club.

Discussing owner Mike Ashley, Shearer wrote for The Sun: "Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan spouted absolute nonsense this week that Ashley was never going to be accepted at the club because he was a southerner. What?

"It didn't seem to hold back the affection the fans at St James' Park had for Rob Lee or Les Ferdinand.

"The reason Ashley has been disliked during his ten- year tenure is because he has not invested enough to realise the club's potential.

"Among some of the other ill-informed claims Jordan made about Newcastle was that the fans expected to win the title the season after Alan Pardew took them to fifth. No, they didn't.

"This long-held view by people from outside the club that Newcastle fans have unrealistic expectations of where their club should be always leaves me perplexed."

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