Mike Ashley banned the Sunday Express for saying that Alan Pardew was in line for the sack if his team doesn’t beat Aston Villa on Sunday.
The statement released by Ashley read;
‘We consider it extremely poor practice for a newspaper to print such an article without first seeking comment or clarification from the Club. The article was completely untrue and we can only assume published for commercial reasons or as an attempt to unsettle and disrupt.’
The hypocrisy is quite breathtaking as he owns the website (was SDNews but now rebranded as football direct news because of the poisonous association with SD) that is the very worst for printing stories day after day with no apparent foundation. Transfer stories seemingly plucked out of the air, with claims of ‘a club insider’ or ‘we understand that…’, almost without fail they are all headed as ‘Exclusive’. You could almost imagine they were simply…’published for commercial reasons’.
Ashley claims the Sunday Express story was ‘an attempt to unsettle and disrupt’, so what about the countless stories his own website has ran claiming at various times that all of our decent players will be leaving. In some cases certain Newcastle players have been targeted repeatedly with story after story that they are moving to this and that club.
The latest rubbish regarding Newcastle published by the Ashley website was only yesterday, on a scale of 1 to 100 how believable do you think it is?
Newcastle Line Up Chelsea Striker
‘Newcastle United could look to bring Demba Ba back to the club….football direct news understands.
A club insider said “Demba was a terrific player for us and we would love to have him back, I think even if we manage to keep Remy there will be another player brought in up front.”
So how likely is it that ‘Newcastle Line Up Chelsea Striker’? The one who left for Chelsea to get the wages Ashley wouldn’t pay him, who now a year older is going to be bought back and given those self-same massive wages.