Dave Whelan’s Amazing Angry Tirade At Mike Ashley

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.

Dave continued:

“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.

Dave continued:

“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?

Comments welcome, but please keep them decent and measured – thank you.

141 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    whelan shut it! youre worse than insomnia

  • vivadavidkelly

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    surely by him coming out with this shows that he has no class also. i get the feeling, business wise he has always been a little jealous of ashley, whose acheivments outside of football dwarfes anything whealen has done

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    same old tune from whelan!

    i like the tune at the JJB STADIUM when we go there.

    your support, your support, your support is f****** s***

  • Kash

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s just jealous as Ashley is muscling in onJJB.

  • club insider

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    In the words of the ‘Special One’

    ” Shut up Dave!”


  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    They should square off against one another on Celebrity Death Match

    ‘Let’s get it on’

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Whelan has made a valid point about going into a club like Newcastle and lowering the standards.

    But to be honest I think this is more of a case of sour grapes from Whelan. Ashley outdid him in the retail world and now Whelan is outdoing him in the football world he has his chance to take a shot at him.

  • sahota

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    He has been beaten by MA outside football. So he just wants Newcastle supporters to hate MA. Its not good DW speaking like this. Just do wrestling with MA, I am sure you will be beaten there itself. About football I am not sure probably DW will run faster 🙂

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    sahota // so he just wants newcastle supporters to hate MA wel most of us already do i detest the cont

  • geordie jock

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Dave Whelan is right about everything he has mentioned. Mike Ashley is a complete and utter joke ( even though i am not laughing ), He swaggered into SJP saying he was going to do this and that and all he has done is completely destroy the club. At least Dave Whelan can be proud of his club and what it has achieved.

  • geordie jock

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Who give a **** about jjb and sports direct Whelan is telling the truth.

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Pons Aelius // yeah and we sold them our last attacking midfeilder and they sold us a dud

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    geordie jock yep spot on m8

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    geordie jock, we DONT need whelan to tell us we know, thats the point!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Though there are some truths in what he says it does sound like sour grapes and as far as us wanting Steve Bruce no way do we want that plastic Geordie managing.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    MA has lowerd the standards dramaticaly, and i hate him for it.

    “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.”

    MA is a spurs fan and he was lying when he said that he hates spurs.

    I cant stand the man and all his scumbag cronies for what he has done to the club i love.

    All the Ashleys lovers, feel free to slag me off

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17


    can you do a POLL mate, with the question being.

    do you want mike ashley to sell up in the summer?


  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    ronaldeano watch it stardust will be out in a min

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    RyanToon why do you want him sell up m8

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    batty. nice try 😉

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    no honest m8 not trying wined you up cos i want him to fck off now

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Guys this is all to do with business. Whelan has done well in football.

    Looking at the history a young 16 year old that would be MA can into the retail business and out competed all those fools that would be Whelan why do you think he out compete him in football. The problem with us Geordies is that we are impatient we will get kill me or not I want stability and thats what MA is going to give us.

    I dont care about Bruce I dont want him any way.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #23

    @ haha batty, thought you didnt want him to sell up, like stardust.

    you cant really sell now imo, but he should try and sell in the summer

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    will die for the toon army at this rate we wont exsist in 5 years

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    so if a RICH geordie,arab or indian reading this. PLEASE buy our fantastic club whatever divison were in!

  • Kash

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Simple fact of the matter is that if we go down, then he’s not gonna sell!

    Plus any loss in value of the club, he’ll write of against his tax anyway!

    He’ll probably end up selling the stadium, or turn it into a huge Casino, and then Newcastle becomes a wasteland full of prostitutes, druggies and gamblers.

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #27

    kash >>>full of prostitutes, druggies and gamblers. it allready is m8

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    were going down with fat ashley down with fat ashley

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Batty, If we make our 17th position this season and we stay in the league. I have been MA all this while and I like his plans for the future.

    All JK is going to give us is stability for the next two years and he will be out. MA doesnt want to destroy he has put too much money to do so.

    Lets wait and see what happens in summer if we are still in the league. MA is a good business man.

  • geordie jock

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #30

    I will vote yes to Mike Ashley selling the toon but why wait till the summer. Why doesn’t he just f*** off now as he wont be any help to the cause.

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    a good business man tell me agen how much he has lost in hbos shares he,s a muppet if he coudnt see that one comeing and how much is he gonna lose when we gan dooooon

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #32

    will die for the toon army –

    You are right, we would be leading the table if KK and the fans trusted MA and had stayed patient. lol

    NO WAY!

    Almost every single fan was ready to see the so called 5 year plan come real and what have we got? A squad size that is about right for a NBA basketball team!

    A club with a plan would not have lost Shay. I am sorry to brought this up again but Shay has stayed with us through thick and thin and this time he finally realised that enough is enough.

  • geordie jock

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree with RyanToon ED please have a poll.

  • Kash

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #34

    @Batty – Whatever he lost in HBOS shares, is probably what he made in Barclays shares a couple of months before.

    He’s got money to the side for speculating, and he;s not the only one.

    I don’t think any of us can knock his business skills outside of football!

  • lesh

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #35

    will die for the toon army (good morning Stardust?) …… appears to be another apologist for Ashley, another in denial of the reality of the club’s plight under him………

    Hello Stardust?

  • Bill F

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #36

    I would imagine that younger fans would ask what is wrong with jeans, trainers etc. Wheareas the older school would want to see more traditional dress code. The relegation battle etc obviosly is going to taint our view of MA, but to be fair he has tried to implement changes both in management and players. A little bit of luck and a few less injuries to key players at key times and we could be looking at a different scenario.
    If (when) we escape the drop and get a bit more stability into our club we might just see (hopefully) some success coming our way at long last. I have to say I am still a fence sitter on Ashley and want to be conviced he can do it.

  • workyticket

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #37

    “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?”

    Revenge Ed. Ashley reported Whelan to the Office of fair trading for price fixing football shirts nine years ago. And Whelan has been consumed with hate ever since. He’s a fool, just like Freddy. Every time he tries to stick the knife into Ashley, it just reminds people of Whelan’s arrogance and lack of probity.

  • Mimo

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashley tried to scupper JJB rescue, says Whelan


    By Chloe Griffiths,
    The Journal

    Millionaire’s £133m bid
    May 24 2007

    The ‘whistleblower’ tycoon

    Entrepreneur Mike Ashley is a man who doesn’t make deals with his rivals. The 42-year-old businessman even turned whistleblower on some of his competitors after an uncomfortable meeting when they tried to carve up the market. He reported them to the Office of Fair Trading for fixing the price of replica football shirts – and this led to dawn raids, an inquiry and multi-million pound fines.
    The Sports World boss acted after he was summoned to the Cheshire home of David Hughes – chairman of the now-defunct Allsports chain – in 2000 to discuss the pricing of a new Manchester United kit. It was reported to be a difficult meeting. Another businessman at the meeting, Dave Whelan, chairman of Wigan Athletic Football Club and the JJB chain first mistook the casual Mr. Ashley for a gardener and then reportedly told him: “There’s a club in the North son – and you’re not part of it.”

    Obviously Whelan is purely concerned by football matters when he speaks out about this. The man hates Ashley because he refused to ‘hang out’ with his ‘friends up north’. Ashley’s whistle blowing cost Whelan his reputation and money too so we can be sure he will be holding a party if the Toon go down. Whelan is a t**t who cares nothing about our club only his own little war with Mr. Ashley.

    PS it was interesting that Bruce never said to Whelan that he would not manage Ashley’s club and I’d be surprised if this was not another fabrication by the bitter Whelan.

    PPS to all the Ashley haters ‘which at the present time is probably the majority’ don’t fall in to the trap of thinking that anything said by Whelan concerning Ashley is pertinent. The Wigan Chairman is an insufferable, narcissistic snob who would no doubt eat himself if he was made of chocolate.

  • Stardust

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #39

    will die for the toon army // Mar 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    “The problem with us Geordies is that we are impatient we will get kill me or not I want stability and thats what MA is going to give us.”

    Never a more true thing said. Bravo

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Bill f I am with you on this! I really want it to work out for Ashley and his board. I must agree I do not like some of his decisions BUT it is not MY money on the line!
    The academy would bode well for us in the future and DW won lots in his time as a player and captian so who are we to judge who is best for a DoF role.
    i think our next manager should be someone like dechamps. Friends with the board ,can work under this system and has prem experence.
    The problem with MA is that we all can see it is killing the club, but with all the transfers out I agree with, even Shay. I would rather lose shay and keep krul!
    If we stay up this season I could promise you MA would not let this happen again! Hopefully everyone has learnt there lesson.
    But if he is a scummy spurs fan sent here to mess us up I would not be happy!


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