Have you noticed that Newcastle United have issued nothing about the clubs’ terrible fall down the Premier League table this year, which now sees us in relegation trouble, not one statement about it has been published on the web-site.
But as soon as Sports Direct’s name is brought into question on a TV program last night – they issue two statements within 24 hours of each other – they couldn’t get them out quickly enough but not one statement to the fans this year about the troubles we are in.
As we know from John Carver – actions speak louder than words – so here’s a question – who are Newcastle more concerned about – the team or Sports Direct?
Mike Ashley using Newcastle as front for Sports Direct
Mike Ashley’s real intentions have been brutally revealed this year, and he is simply using Newcastle United FC as a front for his company Sports Direct – the Premier League and/or the FA need to step in and end his ruse.
Here is their latest statement from Newcastle vigorously defending Sports Direct:
In reference to our statement last night (Monday, 27th April) regarding the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ program, The Secrets of Sports Direct, Newcastle United would like to clarify the facts for the benefit of supporters.
Last night’s program made a wholly inaccurate claim regarding the retail relationship between the Club and Sports Direct.
In the Club’s view, the broadcaster deliberately misled Newcastle United supporters and provided yet another example of erroneous media reporting which only serves to further antagonise fans.
In January 2014, in the minutes of its Fans Forum which are published online, the Club confirmed how the retail relationship with Sports Direct works.
For the purpose of clarity, we can confirm that 100% of the income from goods bought in the Club’s official stores and on its website are received by the Club and not Sports Direct, as the ‘Dispatches’ program claimed.
The only money paid by the Club to Sports Direct is for the stock at cost price, plus a handling fee. This represents far better value than the costs the Club historically incurred in relation to purchasing, storage and distribution.
In fact, the change to our retail operating structure introduced in February 2013, which saw us partner with Sports Direct, increased the profit margin by over 50 per cent. This benefits the Club hugely.
In simple terms, the Club receives more money as a result of this relationship.
Channel 4 failed to contact the Club in order to clarify any facts in relation to our retail operation.
Given that this information was already in the public domain, and had been for over 15 months, we find it incredible that the makers of an investigative current affairs programme chose to air information which was so obviously factually incorrect.
It’s getting harder and harder to believe Newcastle about all of this.
When will the club issue a statement about the perilous position of the football team?