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‘Shocking, Disgusting, And Disgraceful’ – George Caulkin Spot On In Criticism Of Ashley


On Monday, PM Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to contain the spread of the highly-infectious coronavirus. About thirty minutes later, Frasers Group’s finance chief Chris Wootton issued the following statement:

“We stock a huge range of sports equipment designed for exercising at home… indeed home fitness is the number one trending topic on social media after coronavirus itself.

“Against the backdrop of the closure of gyms, the demand for these types of products has increased exponentially as the population looks to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Consequently, we are uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit, and healthy as possible during this crisis and thus our Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores will remain open where possible to allow us to do this (in accordance with the Government’s current social distancing guidance).

“There is no one else that has the range of product and range of stores to make this reasonably accessible for the whole population.”

However, the government acted quickly to make sure that Mike Ashley would not keep his stores open and put his employees at risk. Ashley soon relented and closed all of his stores but not without further tarnishing his already tattered reputation.

In the latest Pod On The Tyne podcast, George Caulkin rightfully laid into Mike Ashley’s attempt to keep Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores open during a government-mandated lockdown.

This is Caulkin’s response when asked about Ashley’s actions:

“I’m very glad that got shut down very quickly this morning. I would say it was staggering, but it’s not really, is it? – in the context of Newcastle’s owner and the various controversies that have come about from there and also Sports Direct in itself.

“Just shocking, disgusting, and disgraceful that the company should seek to take advantage of what’s happening at the moment to keep a sportswear store open. I’m very pleased about the reaction to it. But that reaction shouldn’t have been necessary.

“I suppose that we have to be careful about conflating that side of the business and the Newcastle side of the business. Perhaps except that this does very much fit in with how Newcastle fans have felt over the past decade or more.

“There’s a sort of carelessness, there’s a thoughtlessness about their football club when it comes to the owner.

“The reason why his ownership of the club has been so painful is that if a club is about a collection of people – which it is fundamentally or should be, that’s the whole idea about a sporting institution – then it has to be about showing care, diligence, and looking after those people.

“Trying to persuade them that they are part of something bigger and more important and better. Those sorts of things have been forgotten.

“When we say Newcastle feels like the work team of Sports Direct, that’s what we mean. Then we’ve seen this stuff today.

“I think it’s despicable. I’m glad it’s not happening, but it never should have been up there in the first place.”

Mike Ashley had some prominent figures, including Piers Morgan, condemn his actions. The rest of the country, if not the world, witnessed first hand what Newcastle fans have known for over the past decade.


68 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    I still feel slightly grubby that I’m in agreement with Piers Morgan.

    Bleeurchhhhhhh!

    2
  • The mighty wyn

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Robleenio – ditto re piers Morgan – normally can’t stand the bloke

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    RobLeenio – was this you? https://firkewhall.wordpress.com/

    1
  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Irish Rob, thank you I think!
    JohnReese, the three bottles of Baileys is still available, although I might have opened be the other night.
    Jail some one asked last night if any other posters had been stood down from work, thought you had.

    1
  • hibbit

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    I can’t stand the guy, but i’ve agreed with him twice in the last 3 days,
    a very worrying situation to be in !!!!!

    6
  • scott

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    How are people find others in their area are adhering to the new guidelines?

    In my area people are genuinely pretty good but still had some that treat yesterday as a bank holiday with BBQ & garden parties!

    Even had a police launch up the river telling people to go home as a riverside park was full of kids with parents having a BBQ on the rocks,the penny will only drop when we follow Spain’s €600 fines for disregarding rules!

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  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Pleased the rest of the country know exactly how we feel regards to Ashley. Hopefully he gets whats coming to him.

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  • Dr. Ed Harrison

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Those are excellent comments from George – right on the mark.

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  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    carltoon …

    it cant come quick enough pet …

    1
  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Geordie Tom

    Last thread

    we have seen an almost outlaw society grow amogst us (and getting younger!) particularly in cities but even in some towns and without going into causes and reasons they, although a minority group, are not going to suddenly improve their behaviour in this crisis. They are not a group who can be shamed – way beyond that.

    Stay away and don’t risk your well being.

    As I have said I take comfort from the far greater numbers of young people as well as those older in rising to the occasion

    We need society to stay cohesive

    2
  • Assassins Inc

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike Ashley goes from the most hated man in Newcastle to one of the most hated men in the country.
    Good Job Mike, now he will be on Sky Sports saying, pat me on the back, I closed my stores and fired the people Involved for keeping stores open.
    You know this fcukNut will try and spin it somehow.

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  • lesh

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Magscar

    You suggested earlier today that I seemed to like posting multi celeb music video – your comment about the Orbison BandW Night perfectly sums up why I post such links – music heavyweights, playing as one.

    Might catch up later.

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Mickey, that wasn’t me, but that is defo the property I was talking about.

    Doesn’t look like Dr Ed has anything to worry about with regards losing his readership to that blog.

    1
  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed

    On the article

    Caulkin as usual spot on just hope that this is still in peoples minds afterwards but remain unsure given all the issues we here and in other countries are facing day on day for weeks and months to follow

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    carltoon,
    Only for three days last week but our future on here is really uncertain. They don’t have us here over Christmas and New year which is good but also means they don’t class us as essential. However we carry out the inspection of the hazardous areas equipment which is an HSE directive and a Lloyd’s insurance requirement, so we’ll see what they come up with.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Dr Ed, great to see you posting in person. Hope you’re managing to keep healthy and busy in this difficult time.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #17

    A supermarket in France was complaining that some people were using a shopping trip as a family outing. Only one person at a time from a family (except in special circumstances) is supposed to do the shopping.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed,
    It’s a real shame he doesn’t do it more often.

    1
  • hibbit

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail he’s done it a lot more than any of the local press , but admittedly not enough,

    1
  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Rob@1
    Oooooh babybaby. Oooooh Piers baby baby.
    I bet you secretly want to produce some offspring with our Piersy?!… I can see it in your lovestruck eyes. Oooooh babybaby Oooooh Piers baby. xxxxx

    1
  • Pain in the Blog

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    mascara, Geordie Tom,

    The main reason for the rise of the lawless teenagers is the severe cut backs in police numbers over the last ten years thanks, in main, to Theresa May. Police have to categorise all reported crimes and now, as a result of very limited manpower, can only respond to the most severe. So these lads know they can get away with this kind of intimidatory behaviour and unsurprisingly do so.

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  • Pain in the Blog

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    For mascara read magscar. Apologies.

    1
  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Carltoon, I had to step down from work from, Tuesday as did the rest of the company until further notice

    1
  • carltoon

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordie Tom. Is the last person on the blog to be wearing mascara, I would have thought. Ha ha

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #25

    pain …

    not only are they smoking that crap , we have others dealing around here , guess your right the know they can get away with it …

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Carltoon …

    with my face its more like polyfiller even that dont work …

    😀

    1
  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    pain

    there are many reasons why we have a fractured society and police numbers may well be one of them but this regretably is something which goes back even to the 80’s but this is neither the place nor indeed the time to consider them.

    No disrespect intended as I am sure you appreciate but there will be days of recckoning to follow 🙁

    2
  • geordiemark

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    the way i see it is that swamp trash garbage gutter so called man has done all this to himself, no one else to blame and on top of it he takes money from supporters bank accounts for a season that hasnt been confirmed on playing yet, nor has he thought things through really, if this season is finished mind it be a major miracle if it does and if the toon was relegated then he will be in some serious trouble, hes taken monies by deception the way i see it all fans should contact there banks get the money refunded and cancel the direct debt, imagine an empty ground and with his actions this week no amount of advertising will save his sorry arse, when all this blows over just see what happens mikey boy 🙂

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  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh

    My remark on your choice was merely an observation in passing and in no way intended as a put down and I hope you didn’t feel it as such

    Carry on- appreciated thanks

    🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #30

    London is going to be in a very serious way very soon, so Boorish might get the chance to do a Churchill speech. I wonder will he reflect in his own slow action initially.

    Hibbitt and Co, lucky to be up in airy Northumberland.

    Waiting for the surge over here but coping so far. Be so careful lads, this thing can kill anyone.

    3
  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Things must be getting bad – this is a queue outside a booze shop 20 minutes south of Dubai (in a place called Ghantoot).

    https://ibb.co/LxfsC8k

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #32

    I thought it was the idea of “herd immunity”, then they panicked when they saw the figures from Italy.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #33

    The Sheikh’s Mate #20 LOL – I think you might be getting cabin fever matey!

    😉

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Have to say, I think our sponsors have handled themselves pretty well. Better than the club and our owner during this crisis.

    Here’s a little question from them

    https://twitter.com/fun88eng/status/1243144417294168064

    I’d go Lee, Jenas, Guthrie

    0
  • catchy in norway

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    I’m at the heliport, ther’ey only letting 12 on the helicopter. Essential workers only. My crew I’m with is 2 men down for this trip.

    Got to make your own beds when we get out there, gyms/cinema are closed and the galley is closed for normal self service, food will be dished out. We have been told to keep our distance from our work colleagues too.

    1
  • catchy in norway

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Speed Clark merino

    1
  • JohnReese

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Carltoon thanks for the offer but I’ve received a care package today. My much, much better half managed to round up some goodies for me so I should be in whisky and toblerones for a few days more!

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Saturday 3PM – nufc showing Howay 5-0 as live on YouTube!

    2
  • Tramp

    Mar 26, 2020 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Walking home from work after a very long day in the lab processing COVID-19 swabs 2 guys walking towards me, I moved over, then as we passed one fake coughs very loudly and the both carry on laughing to each other. Honestly, I felt absolutely defeated. It was a strange feeling. Anger the most overwhelming. A younger me would not have hesitated to instigate something more but I just stood in disbelief, speechless. After all the concentration of the day, all the steps and processes we have in place to stay safe and heading home I get that! I had just been informed we had our first confirmed death from the virus and had just called through to our infection control team 10 positives on the ward.

    Any scrotum that still believes this is a fun holiday, this is real. Just stay home if you can. Please.

    I have already sent our 3 placement students home and 2 of my colleagues are now isolating… we are depleted and can’t afford to get sick. We all get sick. The lab stops working.

    Protect the NHS. It could be you, a loved one, a friend, anybody, who needs admission to a hospital. Needs a ventilator. Needs a test result. The more we can keep these numbers to a minimum and protect the frontline staff to keep turning up to work the less will die. Please think.

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  • lesh

    Mar 26, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Magscar

    A put down? Don’t be daft, I knew exactly what you were saying and it was an understandable observation.

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