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Mike Ashley to take a Newcastle United lie detector test? Here are the questions

3 years ago

Mike Ashley is suddenly very interested in people telling the truth.

Newcastle fans interested to hear that he had gone all ‘Jeremy Kyle’ and taken a lie detector test.

The NUFC owner desperate as he sees his/Sports Direct’s £150m stake in Debenhams reducing to nothing.

Sports Direct releasing a statement claiming that when quizzed via a lie detector on a meeting that had taken place with Debenhams bosses, Mike Ashley’s ‘score was so significantly high as to be considered rare in comparison to others.’

These lie detector claims being made after Debenhams bosses decided it was a better bet to go into administration rather than go with a ‘rescue’ package Mike Ashley had made. Ashley/SD claiming ‘misrepresentations were made to induce Sports Direct into signing a non-disclosure agreement locking them out of any ability to trade in the bonds or equity of Debenhams for a period of time.’

Sports Direct statement:

“The results showed without any doubt that the three members of Sports Direct were telling the truth in their recollection of the meeting, and indeed Mike Ashley’s score was so significantly high as to be considered rare in comparison to others.

“Sports Direct would welcome (Debenhams’) Terry Duddy and David Adams taking their own lie detector tests to clarify their recollection of this meeting.”

So this got me wondering, if Mike Ashley is now so keen on everybody being transparent and an insistence on the truth ‘proved’, surely Ashley will be very keen to do another lie detector test, on live TV, to prove to Newcastle fans that he has always told the truth about Newcastle United…

Here are some suggested questions, feel free to add your own in the comments sections below:

When you said NUFC was up for sale in 2017, were you genuinely trying to sell the club?

In 2018 when you said the club was set to be sold, hopefully within weeks, were you genuinely trying to sell the club?

To clarify, have you ever genuinely tried to sell the club at a market price where you thought it could sell, rather than pretending to put it up for sale and asking for more than you know anybody would realistically pay?

Have you ever purposely misled Rafa Benitez regarding transfer fees/backing to be made available?

Specifically, when you said in both 2017 and 2018 that Rafa could have ‘every penny’, was that then what actually happened?

You have stated that Rafa Benitez has full control of transfers, does this mean he can buy any player of his choosing using the money available?

The retail arrangement between Newcastle United and Sports Direct, which side does it favour the most?

Having shut all the club shops apart from the St James Park one, was that with the intention of benefiting yourself/Sports Direct?

You have bought land (from the club) opposite the Gallowgate end and then sold it on to a developer at a higher price, once development is completed it will mean no realistic chance to expand St James Park in the future. Do you accept this was for your personal gain and it disadvantages the football club?

Who is in charge at Newcastle United on your behalf, Lee Charnley or Justin Barnes?

Have Sports Direct paid for advertising at St James Park?

If so, was a market price paid?

Have you made a genuine attempt to try and convince Rafa Benitez to sign a new contract?


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