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Mike Ashley and ‘Colleague’ Keith Bishop ignore rival

6 years ago

Events at Rangers continue to shine a light on the way Mike Ashley does football business on both sides of the border AND who he relies on alongside him.

Once upon a time Derek Llambias was always at his side at Newcastle matches and also travelled up to Rangers to help with his boss’ dealings, once Mike Ashley was involved.

In the latest shenanigans at Rangers, Dave King has been trying to forge a deal that would see him become the main player, whilst ensuring in return that the club would be able to pay its bills.

Not surprisingly others who want to exert control/power don’t appear to be falling over backwards to help King, with Mike Ashley seemingly at the heart of the struggle/chaos.

However, King has accepted that deals may have to be done that mean he doesn’t get as much power as he would have originally liked.

The Telegraph have reported Dave King talking about the massive problems in trying to do any kind of a deal with the other parties involved and specifically talks of the ‘the power behind the throne’ – I wonder who that can mean…

“An obvious further complication in Rangers’ case is the seeming lack of authority of the Rangers board to make decisions without reference to key shareholders who appear to be ‘the power behind the throne’.”

Dave King also stated the obstacles put in place, summed up by Mike Ashley simply ignoring him;

“A combination of other shareholders could veto our proposal. I attempted to meet with Mr Ashley on my visit but neither he, nor his colleague, Mr Bishop, acknowledged my request for a meeting.”

Interesting that King references Ashley’s PR guru Keith Bishop (to the right of Ashley in the photo) as being an important factor in this process, referring to him as the Newcastle owner’s ‘colleague’.

Reflecting this back on Newcastle United, we are simply a central part in Mike Ashley’s obvious, but chaotic and damaging, desire to control parts of football that can bring him massive amounts of money and exposure.

Specifically on Keith Bishop, do you think he or Chief Executive Lee Charnley has more influence at St.James’ Park?

Answers on  a postcard please (Or below in the comments…).


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