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Mike Ashley sues former Newcastle United vice-president of recruitment

5 years ago

News on Wednesday morning that Mike Ashley is suing his former Newcastle United vice-president (of recruitment).

After Kevin Keegan agreed a return to Newcastle United in January 2008, Ashley then set in motion his plan to undermine him.

Dennis Wise arrived as executive director of football and brought along his mate Tony Jimenez, with the title of vice-president of recruitment.

At the time there were repeated assurances from the club/Ashley’s minions that Kevin Keegan had the final say on transfers.

However, Keegan walked out in the August due to broken promises/assurances that he would have control of the transfer process, with Mike Ashley losing the case and having to pay the former manager £2m after it was shown he and his staff had misled Keegan.

As for Tony Jimenez, back in 2008 (presumably when also employed at NUFC) it turns out he also did a deal with Mike Ashley regarding a golf course in France.

Now the BBC are reporting that Ashley has cried alleged breach of contract and is suing for £3m.

We await an outbreak of sympathy on Tyneside for the penniless billionaire…


‘Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is suing a business associate over an alleged breach of contract.

Papers lodged at the High Court in London say the dispute relates to a deal with Tony Jimenez made in 2008 over a golf course in France.

Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club, is demanding the return of a £3m investment or compensation.

Mr Jimenez is believed to be disputing the claims.’


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