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.’

  • Rich Lawson

    Did he ask for Rafa to be his caddy as well ?

  • TwinFire

    Today’s news: Crook sues Crook.

  • Steve Smith

    I wonder if Ashley is having some financial difficulty behind the scenes.

    • Alex

      Wallpaper stripping is the NEW asset stripping.

  • TheNutJob

    Last time in court the judge asked him about the millions he`d given to his Bro
    answer, i`d forgotten about it
    he`s a right knave

  • GToon

    Fancy Mike trying to get himself a few million quid that he doesn’t really need instead of working with Rafa to improve the squad. How surprising.

  • HappyToons

    So that’s the £3M plan for the replacement striker for Gayle : ) ?

    • Paul Patterson

      Or not. Just more profits.

  • Paul Busby

    So I guess in the future we are likely to see a lawsuit between Rafa and Ashley…

  • Leazes Ender

    HMRC should raid Shirebrook and all of his family’s homes…… Ashley’s business dealings aren’t even written on paper.

    • Rich Lawson

      Does the back of a beer mat not count then ?

  • MadMag83

    Is it possible to read an article on The Mag without being taken to the app store?!

  • Kneebotherm8

    All Ashleys associates would seem to be dodgy characters/dealers, they’re a bit like himself.

    • Burt Humperdink

      Nobody would be Dennis Wise’s mate unless they absolutely had to be lets face it.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Another one of Ashleys dodgy associates,the list goes on and on.

    • Biggs Darklighter

      Non more dodgy than the fat chunt himself

  • Steve Pearce

    So who gives a flying Donald Duck?

  • foggy

    Can fat ash be sued for breach of promise ? If the Toon sell Gayle and Ashley pockets the dosh without passing the money onto the club for transfers then surely the fat lying toad can be sued.
    Although I guess Gayle will be out the door at 10.59pm and there’ll be no time to get anyone else in. Crafty Bas#ard this owner of ours.