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The Fall and Rise Of Michael Ashley

9 years ago

Newcastle United are continuing to show the footballing world that there is a very different way to run a football club.

Older readers may recall the absolutely brilliant ‘Rise and Fall Of Reginald Perrin’, a real top notch BBC comedy of the 1970s. In one of the series, Perrin (played by the late, great Leonard Rossiter) opened a shop called ‘Grot’, which he stocked with every rubbish item he could think of.

These were some of the advertising hoardings he used;

‘Every single thing in this shop is guaranteed absolutely useless’

‘Hundreds of ideal gifts for people you hate’

‘Plenty of gifts for people with no taste’

‘Something nobody else has got’

Having giving it some thought, Mike Ashley is very much of an age that he could have watched this classic comedy in his youth and its influence has stayed with him to this day, indeed maybe even guiding him in his own business dealings.

Going back to the classic 1970s comedy, Reggie stocked some class items in his Grot shop, so watch out for the following appearing in the club shop;

Square Footballs

Round Dice

Non-Stick Glue

Heat-Resistant Saucepans

Rungless Ladders

Oversized Eggcups 

Mousetraps Made Entirely Of Cheese

Dentures For Pets

Elastic Tow-Ropes

…and so on.

The punchline to this particular series of the 1970s sitcom is that the Grot shop idea ended up being an outstanding success and expanded into a massive chain of shops with huge profits.

So the question is, has Mike Ashley found the perfect man in Joe Kinnear to put in charge of the Newcastle ‘Grot’ United arm of his business empire and against all the odds will our owner make NUFC a massive success just as Reggie did with his bizarre business model?


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