Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan are hardly the closest of pals, and that fact has been made very clear today by Dave Whelan – that’s for sure.
David Whelan – Wigan owner and Chairman gets really personal with Ashley
Whelan has come out today and smashed Mike Ashley in what can only be called an angry tirade at the Newcastle owner.
Now we know they are business competitors, and don’t seem to like each other one little bit, but this seems to be getting really personal.
Dave told The Sun this morning when he first went to Newcastle after Ashley had bought the Newcastle club:
“When I first went there just after Mike Ashley had bought it he turned up in the boardroom in a pair of jeans, a pair of trainers and a replica shirt.” “Immediately he did that, the club’s gone.”
“You don’t do things like that in football. He’s got no class whatsoever.” “He’s representing Newcastle United who were such a proud club.”
“I immediately knew the supporters may want to have a pint with him on the terraces but basically he was not Newcastle United through and through. The Newcastle fans know that.”
“Newcastle is a massive club who have had no success.” “You can’t get a Tottenham fan buying Newcastle and letting people think he supports them.” “It’s not right, there’s no pride left in the club.”
Of course there’s been bad blood between the two club owners for quite a while now, and there’s no doubt Ashley has made a real pig’s ear out of trying to run Newcastle United.
Whelan sold JJB Sports, which is a competitor to Ashley’s Sports Direct, for £190Mm in 2007.
But Dave has now bought back its fitness clubs for just £76M and renamed them DW Sports Fitness – and news that Wigan Athletic’s home ground will be renamed the DW Stadium (now called the JJB Stadium) from next season.
Dave Whelan has come out today and just blasted the personal credibility of Mike Ashley, and as we said earlier, this gets very personal.
“I don’t trust Ashley as far as I could bloody throw him.” “I think he’s got what he deserved.” “You don’t go into a football club as big and proud as that and lower all the standards.”
“When you walk in he clears the boardroom out and people walk in wearing football kit, replica shirts. You don’t do that.”
Whelan also believes the Newcastle side have no chance now of getting local lad Steve Bruce, who has done a terrific job as manager at Wigan over the last 15 months, to manage Newcastle while Ashley is the owner.
“Ashley’s not approached us about it yet — but the answer is no.” “Steve knows he could go, and knows he could go to Newcastle. Would he go? No chance.”
“I don’t think you will ever get Steve Bruce going to a club that is run the way Mike Ashley runs it. No chance.”
“I know he will go in the end but I hope it is not for three or four years. He deserves to manage Man United or one of them and I would wish him the best of luck.”
“I have a great relationship with Steve and I am up front with him, as he is with me.” “He is going nowhere at present. He loves it here.”
“If we finish seventh in the league I don’t think there is any doubt he is manager of the year.” “He has absolutely worked wonders.”
We’re always surprised when people in the public eye, come out and just completely slam others in the press – because it always tells you something about the person doing the slamming.
And these tirades hardly do anybody any good – but that’s the way the world turns we suppose.
If anybody didn’t know – the real news today is that David Whelan just hates Mike Ashley – and that seems to be putting it rather mildly. Quite honestly we’re a little amazed at this tirade from Whelan – what’s the point?
We know he doesn’t like the guy – and the bad blood started in business dealings no doubt. But remember what you put out always comes right back to you – or put another way – what goes around comes around.
What do you think about all this?
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