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Outrageous statement and claims from Mike Ashley following Wednesday night

3 years ago

Mike Ashley continues to make headlines.

Just a normal few days for the once claimed ‘reclusive’ billionaire.

Sack all those in charge at House of Fraser, watch his severely underinvested football team meekly lose & stay in the relegation zone and laugh at the Newcastle supporters asking ‘where’s the money gone?’, an embarrassing court case resumes against former friend and NUFC employee Tony Jimenez which includes more drink-related accusations as evidence, then turn up for a meal on Tyneside and flick the V sign at Newcastle fans when leaving the restaurant.

No wonder Mike Ashley claims that true entrepreneurs such as him, don’t get the respect they deserve…

After the PR stunt which was the meal with Rafa and the players on Wednesday night, Ashley and his accompanying minions left the Ponteland restaurant.

With Mike Ashley’s PR people having arranged for numerous media to be there to cover the PR stunt, their coverage alerted a number of Newcastle fans to be there in time for the billionaire’s exit.

Scuttling into the back of a people carrier, Mike Ashley was once again serenaded with ‘Where’s the money gone?’ and replied with a childish Peter Kay style V sign from the safety of his vehicle with a police presence, as the Newcastle supporters continued to torment him.

Like all arrogant bullies, when not part of a staged PR managed appearance, the facade is quickly stripped away and the real person exposed.

Even Mike Ashley’s hopeless PR people recognised that the club owner’s V sign gesture to fans was a nightmare, making the whole meal stunt now a negative.

In order to try and retrieve the situation, Ashley’s people felt they had to make their own statement about the NUFC owner’s behaviour.

The saying goes that if you are going to lie then make sure it is a big one, the Mike Ashley PR statement response claiming that not only did he NOT ‘give a V sign’ but that on Saturday ‘Anybody who saw Match of the Day at the weekend will also be aware that Mike is actually very respectful in his reactions to fans.’

Incredible. After that Leicester game, even the national media picked up on Mike Ashley smirking and laughing as the Newcastle fans asked ‘Where’s the money gone?’, whilst he was also shown laughing as the final whistle went on yet another defeat for his cheaply assembled team.

Mike Ashley ‘very respectful in his reactions to fans’….so that is why he sent his people in to tear down the Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez banners hanging outside the Gallowgate End on Saturday?

The Mail:

‘A spokesman for Mr Ashley said:

“Mike did not give a V sign to fans.

“It is obvious from the accompanying photos that he is smiling and enjoying the evening.

“Anybody who saw Match of the Day at the weekend will also be aware that Mike is actually very respectful in his reactions to fans.”

Whilst they were on, I’m surprised that Mike Ashley and his PR team didn’t also add that:

Rafa Benitez had been delighted with the backing of the club’s owner this summer.

The official NUFC Fans Forum sees the club not refuse to answer any questions, approaching everything with goodwill, and that they get the minutes out in double quick time.

That the state of the art training complex promised five years ago will be ready any time soon.

The Academy is producing countless first team players thanks to Mr Ashley.

That the care and maintenance of St James Park is an example to every other Premier League club.


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