Mike Ashley has said that he will be staying at Newcastle United whether the club end up in the Premier League or the Championship next season.

The club’s owner told Sky News that he is hopeful that Rafa Benitez can keep the team up – but Ashley also telling Newcastle fans that whatever happens and whichever division the team end up in:

“We are stuck with each other.”

Ashley adding:

“It’s disappointing (not beating Sunderland) because I want to see Newcastle win every game.

“I think that we have the right man (Rafa Benitez) in the job. If there is any chance of us staying up, let’s hope Rafa can do the business.”

The comments came after Mike Ashley invited Paul Kelso of Sky News along to his Sports Direct Shirebrook HQ.

Ashley enlisting the help of his media partner to get his very public reply out to the latest move from Parliament to try and force him to appear before them

The Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee wants to quiz Mike Ashley about the treatment of thousands of workers and had claimed he could be in contempt of Parliament if he fails to attend.

Ashley though has told Sky News that he intends to challenge this formal order to appear before MPs which he has again called ‘an abuse of the Parliamentary process’.

Last week saw Mike Ashley given a date of 7 June 2016 to appear before the MPs but it doesn’t look like he has much intention of doing so…

Committee chair Iain Wright turned down an offer for the MPs to meet Mr Ashley at the company’s centre in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

Mike Ashley speaking to Sky News today:

“I do not pretend to get everything right all of the time, but I am not willing to stand idle while this company is subjected to public vilification which is against the best interests of everybody who works at Sports Direct.

“My current intention is that I will not attend Westminster on June 7th as I believe the proposal by Iain Wright MP is an abuse of the Parliamentary process.

“I therefore intend to challenge the attendance order issued by the BIS Committee and I will be sending a formal reply to the committee in due course.”