There was an article in the Independent yesterday, that we thought was quite complimentary to Mike Ashley, and it does mentions some personal things about the owner, such as he has recently reconciled with his former wife Linda.
Mike Ashley - Newcastle not happy with Independent article on owner
It also says Mike Ashley is entirely ruthless in the business world, but that doesn’t surprise us, because to be successful in big business you have to be motivated, and although it’s not always pretty, you don’t let emotions get in the way of some of the hard business decisions.
In fact Mike showed that ruthless streak at Newcastle, when he fired Chris Hughton right out of the blue in December, 2010, after Chris had done so well in getting the club immediately promoted back to the Premier League the season before.
Here is the article – if you want to read it – but again it’s fairly complimentary to the Newcastle owner – unless we are missing something.
So we were surprised yesterday when the Newcastle United’s official Twitter account issued this tweet:
“The club is aware of the article in today’s Independent and has referred the matter to its lawyers. Thanks to fans who have raised concerns”
Not sure exactly what’s upsetting the club, although the writer Jim Armitage does mention Mike’s not all that popular with Newcastle fans, and that he has a beer gut, but both of those points are fairly accurate.
It will be interesting what Newcastle’s lawyers do about this – if anything – but we thought it was good that Mike had recently reunited with his former wife Linda.
But Mike also guards his privacy, and there are a lot of personal details about the Billionaire in the article, and maybe that’s what’s being objected to.
But that comes with the territory of being the owner of a rather big and famous football club in north-east England.
What do you think?
Update and clarification: The original article accused our supporters of being antisemitic and chanting antisemitic chants to Ashley and it was quickly removed – that’s why Newcastle are bringing in the lawyers because it simply is not true.
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