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Mike Ashley Appears Worried About The Petition Presented To Parliament – Severely Criticizing His Newcastle Ownership

Mike Ashley has written a letter dated August 3rd to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport – Jeremy Wright.

It is in response to the petition written by the Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central – Chi Onwurah – and he has defended his running of the club.

He points to interest-free loans he has given the club – which currently stand at a total of £144M.

Ashley has said he has appointed a world class manager in Rafa Benitez and that the training grounds at Benton are fit for purpose.

He points to the last two successful seasons so that the training fields cannot be that bad – typical Ashley – if everything is OK and we are surviving why change anything and spend money – when it’s not required.

Mike Ashley – sends a letter to Parliament

Not the thoughts of an owner who wants to make Newcastle a top club in Europe – like our world-class manager does.

It seems that Ashley is worried by the petition that has been presented to Parliament and he says he is willing to answer any questions that Parliament may have before they respond to the petition.

This letter shows Ashley is taking the petition seriously and a little worried about what may happen and what actions Parliament may take.

But decide for yourself – here is a readable copy of Ashley’s letter.

26 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    “Optimistic Panda
    You’re a complete dick!
    Behave yourself you prat.
    Go cry somewhere else, I can’t stand to see a grown man’s make up run.”

    Good to see the art of rational balanced debate is not dead.


  • Reilly

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2


    Final League Position: 14th
    Final Number of Points: 44
    League Cup Round: 4
    FA Cup Round: 4
    Player of the Season: Muto
    Top Goal Scorer: Rondon
    Number of Goals for TGS: 11

  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    was the peacemaker last Summer over bonus talks
    If he’s the instigator this time I can see Ashley selling
    him .
    Shades of the Chris Hughton days and player power

  • kilcline

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s hope the developments at Arsenal, means Usmanov buys us and goes after Arsenal!

    Although expect he will end up investing at Everton

  • switch365

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Julien would be an awesome signing, looks about as gifted as, and very similar to Leujeune. Would make a fine addition at twice the price.
    Main point though, has anyone else noticed Penfold’s inability to multitask?
    I’d have thought it would be a prerequisite for an MD, to have the ability to sign players more than one at a time. Is it down to the fat cockney shopkeeper wanting everything in triplicate, or is Penfold just stuck in the dark ages?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Lucas Perez to West ham. Rafa must be kicking himself that he didn’t go to them. None of the top prem clubs wud want Rafa but West ham are now just outside that group in reality and he stuck with us hoping Ashley wud change. Mind you that probably wasn’t Rafa thinking at his most lucid.

  • Mag52

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes the players get well played, but their recent stand only serves to put that little bit more pressure on Ashley, from a different direction.
    The fat man’s beginning to sweat, and it’s not climate change causing it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib – you just posted :-
    “Some idiots on here won’t be happy until a member of SD staff
    gets something thrown in their face – I hope the rabble rousers
    get what’s coming to them.”

    Are you suggesting folk on here want to see an acid attack on anyone who works for SD – you are truly a twisted and despicable person.

  • Reilly

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    If this letter is true then it shows really how deluded Ashley really is !

    He is quite happy to talk about what he has “invested” but nothing about what he has taken out such as advertising , merchandise, catering etc wonder if someone could get us the true total of all of that for 11 years!?!?

    Also the TV money for the last year and the transfer profits we have made every season and the fact our facilities and youth development are sub standard ! For a guy who doesn’t want to spend money on players we should have the best youth team infrastructure and facilities in the league to allow us to produce our own superstars every season!

    This crap with the bonuses as well offering players no incentive to do well just don’t get relegated is the message to any players who play here when you have proper leaders and ambitious players in the club such as Lascalles , Richie and Shelvey you can tell they won’t be happy with that! If it was Colo and some of the other players who let us down I wonder what the outcome would be…..

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    “Good to see the art of rational balanced debate is not dead”
    You are a hypocrite and the one who called me a “fcukwit”
    and by the way, Ashley is on the defensive; there’s no way he will sell Lascelles; would be the final straw this season! He’s become under heavy scrutiny and prefers to lie low! You should know that being an adoring fan of his!

  • geordiemark

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    theres nothing that suprises me what Ashley has said its always been the same, I think hes very rattled and long may it continue

  • lochinvar

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #13

    If a Keith Bishop purports to be a significant PR guru and to represent Mike Ashley then he’s failed to demonstrate that.
    Has anyone bothered to ask him for a statement verifying the letter. Thought not.

    If he’s any good at his job then he will either confirm that the letter is genuine or decry it as being a fake.

    Or is it just fake news and his silence denotes that all publicity (irrespective of it’s quality or truth ) is good publicity.


  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    I must be daft but seen as Mike Ashley owns the club how has he loaned money to the club? Isn’t that the equivalent of me loaning money to myself? Seen as he owns the club it’s not a loan and just part of his responsibility as an owner…. Forgive me if I’m totaly missing something

  • toon kk

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #15

    We probably over achieved last season, Ashley obviously thinks our squad is much stronger than it actually is.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16


    Final League Position: 9th
    Final Number of Points: 52
    League Cup Round: Semis
    FA Cup Round: 4
    Player of the Season: Ki S Y
    Top Goal Scorer: Muto
    Number of Goals for TGS: 17


  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Is it down to the fat cockney shopkeeper wanting
    everything in triplicate, or is Penfold just stuck in the dark ages?”


    It’s just you , not having a clue about how convoluted and complicated
    some football contract negotiations can be.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    “Glass half full” head on today

  • geordiemark

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #19

    I think with people going on the shite direct web site and put stuff in there basket is driving Ashley to the basket centre for more baskets 🙂 keep it going

  • Wayayman

    Aug 7, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20


    I’ve just refreshed the page after noticing £49,800 worth of Man u tops in the basket. They’re still there this morning. No idea how to empty this basket or how they got there. Funny thing is, another window has appeared with even more stuff in it this morning.

  • sphinxhunter

    Aug 7, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashley is definitely worried.
    [He got his lawyers to draft that reply – doesn’t sound like him speaking and is a typical lawyer-designed response, saying just enough to address only those issues raised you want to answer, hiding the full truth (that would condemn you) behind half truths (that give the opposite impression), and misdirecting the thrust of the criticism onto personal attacks (straw-man arguement).]
    Ashley should be worried.
    [Parliament could ‘find’ he was not a proper football club owner – using the club for other purposes (advertising, tax avoidance, shadowy accountancy tricks, etc) and an investigation could force all sorts of ‘truths’ out of the closet – he could be forced to divest himself of NUFC and that would probably not be at a loss, but it would be under the scrutiny of the tax-man and then Ashley would have to pay up big time – Gosh, how he likes a free beer and to NOT have to pay his way fairly.]
    The clock is ticking, Mr Ashley, …for a self-styled pantomime villain, you should have been expecting this, …except it’s only a joke drama to you. The True Believers take it quite seriously, …about time you did.

  • 9

    Aug 7, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Granted, anything that might shine a spotlight on MA’s (possibly) murky doings is a step in the right direction, but surely people (Sphinx) are getting carried away suggesting he could be “forced to divest himself of NUFC” – isn’t this somewhat cloud cuckoo land?

  • Toondog2

    Aug 7, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #23


    An interesting point .

    I think the answer lies somewhere in NUFC being a business so those bloggers of us who know about business will know about loans, investments, taxation etc ie all that is done in running a proper business which I know very little about .

  • Spotlight Kid

    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    @TomaKaThor @Toondog2

    This point has been raised over and over, and promptly forgotten about or buried. The problem goes back to Ashley’s initial failure to do due diligence when purchasing the club. Allegedly he failed to uncover a c£110m black hole in the accounts, and so coughed up near the asking price (instead of knocking the c£110m from his offer, as that would have reflected the true ‘market value’ of the club at that point). Of course FFS etc were delighted and quickly ran away laughing.

    Mortified at his error, Ashley immediately delisted the club from the Stock Exchange (possibly to avoid investigation on artificial valuations?) and then dressed up the fact he had been scammed out of c£110m as a ‘business loan’ to the club – in the hope that supporters, press and future buyers would buy into this fiction. That way he would save face and possibly recoup the c£110m at some point. For the most part it has worked.

    I believe this fictional loan is the real reason the club has not been sold, as to sell at its real market price would leave him out of pocket. It would also explain why he has run the club so shoddily, and seems to believe he has the right to appropriate every last penny from the club’s transfer dealings, TV revenues and advertising rights to compensate for HIS initial error, while the club bumps along on loan deals while speculating on often mediocre imports..

    There’s nothing wrong with NUFC as a business, the problem is 100% Ashley’s initial mistake (in so grossly overvaluing the club) that he hasn’t had the bottle to admit to – and so he has made the supporters suffer instead.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Aug 7, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #25

    I think people over think things a little
    It’s simple really
    He hates us and has no intention of ever making a world class team
    He does enough to maintain what he has
    The only thing that will make him sit up is an empty st James
    But we have had this discussion a million times
    If you attend st James then you support the regime
    I will stay away but I am one of a handful who doesn’t wear tinted glasses
    If you attend st James
    You have no argument
    Round the merry go round we go

  • Essex Geordie

    Aug 7, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley is worried. We need to keep up this targeted campaign and focus on two points
    1. Ashley is a proven liar eg court case, lied to parliament, and refusing the invite from the MP.
    2. Keep asking the question about the tv money where has it gone.
    Keep up the great work #ifrafagoeswego.


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