What It’s Like Working With Mike Ashley – He’s Not To Be Trusted


Both Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer – two Newcastle icons – have been the manager of Newcastle United under owner Mike Ashley and both fell out with the owner and have not a very good opinion of him ever since.

Rafa Benitez is starting to find out that whatever Mike Ashley tells you, he often doesn’t follow through on his promises.

And certainly we expected Newcastle to spend up to £70M net on transfers this summer, and we ended up spending a measly £12M.

That let-down for Rafa Benitez could see him leave the club in the summer or even before that.

Kevin Keegan has said for many years that Mike Ashley is not to be trusted and it keeps turning out to be true.

Kevin Keegan with Chris Hughton and Terry McDermott – circa 2008

Kevin was on an ESPN broadcast about seven years ago, and at that time he had this to say when asked why Geordie fans didn’t like Mike Ashley:

“There’s no trust there because from day one they’ve been misled.”

“Having worked with Mike Ashley and former Managing Director Derek Llambias – you just can’t work with these people.”

“You can’t trust them.” “They tell you one thing, they mean another.”

“I had a phone call for about an hour to buy a player.”

“After I went off the phone, the Board had another conference call together and said ‘right, we don’t want to offer £2M, we offer £1M’, they’ll reject it and that’s it.”

Kevin Keegan lasted only eight months when he took over from the sacked Sam Allardyce in January 2008 when the owner couldn’t persuade his first choice Harry Redknapp to take over.

Alan Shearer lasted even less than that when he took over from assistant Chris Hughton on April 1st, 2009 but failed to save us from relegation in the final eight games he managed.

Alan’s view of Mike Ashley is very much aligned with that of his former manager Kevin Keegan.

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11 comments so far

  • Veltman

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone know if it is possible to play
    super 6 outside Uk? Im rubbing my hand for the jackpot 😀

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  • Bambams

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    But we are stuck with him and it doesn’t look like he will leave anytime soon.

    I remember many years ago sitting in my seat in leazes end and saying to my mate I would gladly finish second every season watching the football under Keegan. We all thought we would be a CL club from now on.

    Not ash fault for the demise under the former Liverpool legends but he is to blame for the relegation and incompetence in running our club.

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  • Budge123

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Veltman – I jibbed it –

    Which countries are allowed?

     We accept customers based in any of the following countries:

    United KingdomChannel IslandsIrelandFinlandGibraltar

    Due to our products/services being prohibited and/or restricted by local laws we do not currently accept new accounts from any other countries.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    One thing that I may know is that if Rafa stays here for a full season the TV revenue from beginning of the season till January will or should be quite large.

    How much does Newcastle receive roughly per match shown on sky sports?

    This generates in lump sums per monthly as people would think we get it in full amount.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 6, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    On the wages figure, that’s obviously a bit of Mikey PR. I’m guessing the figure is for all the wages throughtout the entire club, not just the first team squad. If that didn’t prove high enough to make his point, he probably just added some to the figure.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 6, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Veltman, If you are outside the UK, you could get a VPN to give you a UK IP address. Or reading the previous post, maybe the account can be set up in the UK and used abroad. If that was the case then someone in the UK could register you an account and you could use it from where you are. Just a thought; not based on any knowledge. Do you have an account at ‘Ask Jib’? If so you could try that for the infop you require.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 6, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Just noticed Budge beat me to the Jib joke.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 6, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Tumbleweed

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  • lesh

    Sep 6, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee

    Aye the video clip makes the club and Rafa look very good…… but the reality……

    If the clip encourages any serious and honourable buyer to come in for us, great but anyone even thinking of negotiating with Ashley needs to be backed by an army of legal and financial experts before they even start the process.

    It appears that the SD AGM allowed Hellawell, the Chairman to hang on by the skin of his teeth and despite promising a review of working practices, they’ve decided they’re ok and there’s no need for one as Shirebrook staff are happy with current (zero-hours) arrangements. I wonder how long they’d last if they said they weren’t?

    Ashley’s skating on thin ice when the big, institutional investors aren’t happy with him and I wonder whether they might decide enough’s enough and threaten to get rid of their SD shares? Might Ashley be forced to buy them and if so, where’s the money coming from? We can only hope it forces him to sell NUFC at a realistic price!

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/06/sports-direct-chairman-zero-hours-contracts-keith-hellawell-agm

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  • toonluvva

    Sep 6, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I noticed that SportsDirect shares climbed a few pence after the announcement that Hellawell had survived the vote, just!

    To me it’s obvious that Charnley and Hellawell are just puppets strategically placed to absorb all the flak flying around. I firmly believe that they make no decisions without the approval of some one above them.

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