Richard Keys' take on Rio Ferdinand's Mike Ashley comments has caused social media outrage

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Rio Ferdinand caused a bit of a stir during the post-match analysis of Newcastle United's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

The former Manchester United defender went out on a limb to support Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over his financial stance in the transfer window.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey brought up a valid point that Newcastle have spent just £6 million since being promoted which garnered an equally passionate response from Ferdinand: "He's been there. He's done that. He wants to move on, what's the problem?"

"To get them up he spent £50 million of his own money. Thank you that should be," Ferdinand added.

This unsurprisingly caused Newcastle fans' blood to boil and vent their frustrations on social media at Ferdinand's expense. 

It seemed that the dust had almost settled on the argument however, until another controversial figure had his say adding further fuel to the fire.

Richard Keys - who was famously fired by Sky after a succession of sexist remarks - has jumped to Ferdinand's defence over his Ashley remarks and has suggested that current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez should step up and take some responsibility.

It's no coincidence that Newcastle fans resurfaced to argue their case on the matter, with the consensus being that the Geordie faithful are unanimous in backing their manager.

Keys' suggestion for Benitez to reach into his own pocket could have gone down better.

The state of the club has been a concern for fans for a while now and whilst Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club, should he hold back on any financial investment just because he wants out?

The term 'yoyo club' is now often associated with the Magpies, a team that used to boast regular appearances in the top half of the table as well as three seasons in the Champions League.

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