In an Ashton friendly article where the "articulate and intelligent" former player insists he is not and never has been gay, his wife lets the cat out of the bag on Ashton's retirement. Whilst Zola was looking forward to having Beano in the team, and Duxbury, the Grand Puppet Master, was spinning about Ashton as if his job depended upon it, it seems that the striking blond bombshell knew his career was over.
Mrs Beano reveals: "It’s been a different journey for him to the one the fans have seen. I think he has known himself for a lot longer than they did that he would have to retire. When it came to it, he had already dealt with that in his head."
And that is pretty much how I called it when I said Ashton was claiming a salary and resisting retirement because he wanted to eke out as much as he could financially. God, the stick I took for that! You can't blame Ashton for making as much as he could before being sent to the knacker's yard, but yet again you have to marvel at the stupidity of Duxbury, for agreeing that new improved contract, and the gullibility of Zola, who couldn't be arsed to pick up the phone to speak to Ashton, but still banked on him being available for selection.
Who was kidding who? Well ultimately, they were all taking the piss out of the fans. How many season tickets were sold on the back of Duxbury's pledge that Ashton would return to first team action in September?
And as for that new contract, it makes you wonder what was going on between Dean and Dux behind closed doors doesn't it? Given the need for the gay denial, were they the new Bishop and Morley? Or was Duxbury simply THAT stupid?