Another reason why Mike Ashley is not an appropriate owner for Newcastle has emerged today.
The Church of England has criticised Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct over the treatment of some of his factory workers.
The Church has a £7.9B investment fund, and in letters sent to Sports Direct, they have criticised the company for its lavish executive pay and the poor working conditions at the company.
The unions have described the working conditions as “Victorian” at the company’s Shirebrook factory in Derbyshire.
MIke Ashley – Sports Direct Owner
Sports Direct have also admitted they paid warehouse workers below the national minimum wage two years ago.
The Church Commissioners who run the fund then voted against a £11M back payment to Mr. Ashley’s brother and former director of Sports Direct – John Ashley.
This all happening while the ordinary workers are getting below the minimum wage.
This is more bad press for Mike Ashley and Sports Direct, and because he is the owner of Newcastle United it hardly reflects well on the club.
It’s time for Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle and we have to hope that Amanda Staveley comes back in with a decent acceptable offer once we are safe in the Premier League and a deal can be made.
Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that Ashley could decide to stay on at the club – which would be an unmitigated disaster for fans.
But it’s time for Ashley to sell up so that the venerable St. James’ Park will no longer be a worldwide billboard for Sports Direct – where the hideous signs are plastered everywhere.