KUALA LUMPUR: In the face of much critisism and envy, Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson and captain Alan Shearer declared here yesterday that they fully supported rivals Chelsea's awesome off-season spending spree.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has created countless headlines since buying the Stamford Bridge club with his money-no-object raids on opposition players.
Chelsea have already netted Cameroon international midfielder Geremi for £7 million and brilliant 18-year-old rightback Glen Johnson for £6 million pounds.
Ireland's winger Damien Duff is also seriously considering a move to Stamford Bridge with the lure of what he has declared “a stupid price” of £17 million.
Shearer and Robson said that they held no grudges against the team who finished just one rung below them in the English Premier League at fourth place last season.
Shearer said: “I think it's fine. Obviously it doesn't guarantee you anything (but) it gives you a damn good chance. It looks like they are going to give us a right good go and good luck to them.”
Robson said that he supported Shearer's comments “entirely”, adding Chelsea had selected their targets very well.
“In Geremi and Duff and Bridges if he signs ... and Johnson, they have bought very well,” said Robson.
“They are four players that I would have signed. Add those players to the team they've got ... and it's a fright. They are going to be good and we have got our job cut out this season to hopefully get above them again.” – AFP