MP questions: ‘Is Mike Ashley a fit and proper person to run a football club’

One MP has questioned whether Mike Ashley is a fit and proper person to run a football club.

Labour MP Alison McGovern, who represents Wirral South, has raised the question after the Newcastle United owner has shown complete contempt for parliament and the people they represent.

Like over 90% of Sports Direct employees, both Newcastle United and Rangers fans have realised the contempt that Ashley holds them in, now the democratic process is getting the same treatment.

Politicians had wanted to question Ashley about his cynical use of zero hours contracts across his empire, as well as the controversial collapse of his fashion chain USC, which was instantly taken on by another branch of his empire when it went into administration.

MPs are so outraged they have made public email exchanges between themselves and Mike Ashley’s representatives.

Outrageously, Ashley’s people didn’t bother replying for  four weeks and then when they did, they said their boss was busy for the entire month of March and didn’t have a single window of opportunity where he could meet with MPs.

Instead, the parliamentary committee have been given the organ grinder’s monkey, non-executive chairman Keith Hellawell and the MPs are furious at Mike Ashley’s refusal to appear.

One MP was quoted:

“He clearly doesn’t want to come and seems to think he is bigger than parliament.  Normally people’s enthusiasm for coming in front of us is less than total and we appreciate and understand that, but this tactic of obfuscation and delay is unacceptable.”

Alison McGovern, who has campaigned against zero hours contracts for years:

“Mike Ashley is showing the same contempt for parliament as he shows for his employees.  Good companies are always happy to help out select committees. If companies think parliament doesn’t have the appetite to force them to come to select committees, then they haven’t been watching parliament for the last five years.”

“It raises questions over whether he is a fit and proper person to run a football club.”

When asked, a representative for Sports Direct said:

“The committee’s request was carefully considered by the company and Sports Direct responded in a timely manner.”

  • gazconaz_gary

    NUFCTheMag Alison_McGovern ChiOnwurah CatMcKinnellMP Is he fit to run, full stop?

  • A lex

    It may be little used and somewhat archaic, but there is still an offence in England called “Contempt of Parliament”. It covers instances where the business of the House is obstructed without good reason.
    Ashley and his lawyers can squirm and excuse all they want but, eventually, he WIĹL have to appear in front of a Parliamentary Committee.

  • A lex

    No. And a coronary would be such a shame – not.

  • GToon

    A lex does that mean we will finally get to hear him speak!!!! 10p says he sounds just like Doughnut from the “Double Deckers” kids programme of the 70s!!!!

  • newcastle7

    Mike Ashley provides thousands of jobs pays the best bonuses and raises millions of pounds of tax for the country.
    This disgrace of an M.P. should not be reselected and kicked out of parliament .

  • A lex

    Banks do the same………and more.

  • ChiOnwurah

    NUFCTheMag Alison_McGovern CatMcKinnellMP The contempt Mike Ashley shows for Parliament his employees & #nufc fans is hardly fit & proper

  • Corkyjohn

    Zzzzzzzz…..remove your head from his arse Derek/Lee

  • He’s fat but I wouldn’t say he’s bigger than Parliament , although I don’t know exactly how large Parliament is !

  • newcastle7  Hey Keith , I wasn’t aware bonuses were paid to those on zero hours contracts . As for tax , has that been looked at yet ?

  • toonloyal

    as a protest against MA. everyone should turn for the next home game wearing Celtic favours.

  • LeazesEnder

    Hall and Shepherd had no right to sell what is the peoples club, football has to be taken away from these unsavoury, unfit-for-purpose, businessmen, who buy them as a toy, then kick it around and get bored like a snotty faced urchin!

  • LeazesEnder

    @ChiOnwurah NUFCTheMag Alison_McGovern CatMcKinnellMP As Ecclestone proved billionaires are beyond the law!

  • p9will

    Mike_Ashley_Out no

  • DavidDrape

    newcastle7  are you in ashleys pocket?

  • toonloyal  Excellent idea, wear anything green . The T V companies will go ballistic !

  • Toonbadger

    newcastle7  And no doubt you give him money every week, grow some ffs

  • Polarboy

    newcastle7 There’s always one isn’t there, mackem troll or a complete imbecile, no difference I suppose.

  • Demented_Man

    newcastle7 One of the APBs (Ashley’s Paid Bloggers)

  • Chemical Dave

    Newcastle 7 formally known as Simon carr , the uber fan who didn’t know the east stand couldn’t be extended…fraud fan or top twenty fan ?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    newcastle7 Bonuses to who? Only 2000 of his estimated 24000 SD employees have a full time contract and enjoy a bonus through the share scheme.
    You probably pay more income tax than he does, you fool.

  • Chemical Dave

    Personally I’ll always be grateful for Hall’s intervention. And given a straight choice between fat Fred and fatter mike, I’d welcome fat fred back in a blink of an eye.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Chemical Dave Aye, that was a classic! How comes he’s not crying about Ashley’s attempts to sell the Gallowgate land now (again)?
    Complete tool.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    @ChiOnwurah NUFCTheMag Alison_McGovern CatMcKinnellMP he is not fit and proper when he is using football in order to increase his sports retail monopoly.

  • Chemical Dave

    I was shocked and disappointed that simon Carr didn’t feature in king Al’s “my first match” advert…..surely there was some mistake?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Chemical Dave I think he’ll be having his own advert – he’s such a super dooper fan you know ;-)

  • Sickandtiredstill

    devonbay newcastle7 the 129 million  –  ‘it is beneficial to the group to retain a level of debt’.

    Aye, the group (MASH) which includes NUFC and his SD/Tesco/Debenhams/HoF share holdings!

    Offset the debt against income/profit made elsewhere = reduced taxable liability. 

    Simon and the other Ashley-ite’s believe it’s all for the clubs benefit.

  • Greggy164

    toonloyal  As long as hes making money you could sit in the nude for all he cares.

  • Greggy164 toonloyal  It’s not about whether he cares , it’s how it will look on T V , it’s a product that they want to sell smoothly. If the  the Toon home games can’t be shown because everybody is wearing green  in the stands , he’ll be in asked some pretty serious questions similar to ”why have you got empty seats”. Saying he won’ t care is defeatism and playing straight into his hands.Despite appearances he is a human being and can be and probably is, frightened .

  • Greggy164

    devonbay Greggy164 toonloyal  Why cant the games be shown if fans are wearing green?

    It would do more damage to his brand if ground was empty

  • toon tony


  • Greggy164  Yes , an empty ground would be ideal but it’s not looking like it’s going to happen,and placards /banners can be confiscated at the turnstyles . However they can’t make everyone remove their shirts,[ unless they put the prices up, lol ]
    It’s not a case of can’t show the games rather will they want to show the games if a ‘green shirt protest’ became the centre of attention. 
    The couldron at S J P has already been replaced by a silence  more in keeping with a trappist monastary, which itself has not gone unnoticed by commentators .

  • amacdee

    This could be it ! Lets get behind the movement “Is
    Mike Ashley a fit and proper person to run a football club ?’

  • newcastle7

    Polarboy newcastle7  Been to more Newcastle games than anyone on this site
    probably more than you all put together .

  • newcastle7

    Chemical Dave  It was Freddie Shepperd who said it was possible to expand the capacity of the East Stand so you are wrong. When you have been Moscow and deepest parts of Ukraine you can call yourself a supporter. Keep on wearing your slippers and watching eastenders from one of Newcastles top twenty fans.


    AngeBlue55 ShareThis hes a billionare can do whatever he likes can anyone afford better lawyers than he can no nuff said

  • AngeBlue55

    IANFAEIBROX ShareThis Yes he can Speaks volumes about his character though,


    AngeBlue55 ShareThis his character is in £ € $ sign shallow man

  • martinmatthew91

    AngeBlue55 ShareThis

  • martinmatthew91

    AngeBlue55 ShareThis zero hour contracts closing shops with hardly any notice to staff goods made in sweatshops enough said

  • Sickandtiredstill

    newcastle7 Chemical Dave “There was no way we could ever have moved or expanded the East Stand.”

    Freddie – ECJ.

  • AngeBlue55

    martinmatthew91 ShareThis Its a step backwards foe employees thays for sure.

  • AngeBlue55

    martinmatthew91 ShareThis Its a step backwards for employees thats for sure

  • DavidDrape

    Can Ashley prove that the club membership money as advertised goes to the academy?

  • mrkgw

    Our club will never recover until Ashley goes. And in doing so, lets hope that he would take Charnley and Charver with him.

  • A lex

    mrkgw Haha – Ashley would never want Charnley and Carver running his ‘proper’ businesses – nowhere near competent enough. Once he’s finished using them, he’ll cast them aside like a used condom.

  • Porciestreet

    Chemical Dave 
    The devil you know eh..! evenwith hind-sight, I’m not sure which way I would jump except to say that anything at this moment would be better than “Nikey Mikey”

  • Porciestreet

    Wouldnt be too dificult for me, except Im in Cyprus.  !

  • Porciestreet

    devonbay Greggy164 
    At the very least, It would go down as a sympathy vote for our brother Rangers supporters.

  • Porciestreet

    newcastle7 Polarboy 
    Then you should know better than to come out with the B/S that you do.

  • Greekgeordie

    ONE Labour MP cannot make the rules and dictate terms to any industry, to me the whole thing sounds just politics. While I am not a pro Ashley as far as NUFC is concerned, I draw the line on the SD business and Union issues, my passion is football and not politics.