Archive for the ‘Mike Ashley’ Category

Is Ashley planning Udinese style selling club network at Newcastle, Rangers and Oldham?

Posted October 16th, 2014 by workyticket | 17 Comments

Is Mike Ashley using Giampaolo Pozzo’s selling club network of Udinese, Granada and Watford as a model for Newcastle United, Rangers and Oldham? To begin at the beginning though, let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane. In the aftermath of Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious departure from Newcastle United in 2008, an under fire Mike Ashley [...]

What was Newcastle United’s £498,000 payment to Sports Direct for?

Posted November 21st, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments

Firstly, I should declare that this piece was originally inspired by another, one of several on Newcastle United’s finances by a brace of accountants who also happen to be Toon fans in the latest issue of fanzine, ‘True Faith.’ It’s a very good read. Of course, it has been known for quite some time that [...]

Have ‘Time4Change’ lost their chance to seize the day?

Posted November 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 74 Comments

My latest piece on metro.co.uk was published earlier today. Entitled ‘Have two Newcastle United victories cost ‘Time4Change’ their momentum?,’ as you might have guessed from the title, it takes a look at the Newcastle United ‘Time4Change’ movement. In the piece I ask if they are now in danger of losing their momentum after their first [...]

Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, Firetrap, Cruise etc?

Posted November 6th, 2013 by workyticket | 61 Comments

My latest story on metro.co.uk is now up! As is usual with the Metro, it now has a veritable cornucopia of titles chosen my their crack team of headline writers, sub-eds or whatever. However, my original title for it was the same as this piece, ie “Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, [...]

If 1000 fans can scare Ashley, what could 50,000 do?

Posted October 29th, 2013 by workyticket | 29 Comments

Dear reader, if you haven’t seen it yet, my latest piece on Mike Ashley’s childish and pathetic attempt at censorship was published yesterday on metro.co.uk and you can read it by following the link below: Why Newcastle United’s media ban is a bigger issue than the Sunderland defeat. Just for the record though, the titles [...]

Who is right? Patronising Pardew or revolting, self destructive fans?

Posted October 18th, 2013 by workyticket | 13 Comments

As many of you will be aware, a motley collection of fan groups angered by Mike Ashley’s mismanagement, repeated dishonesty, a perceived lack of ambition and Newcastle United’s general underperformance on the pitch will be on the march before Saturday’s early kick-off against Liverpool. On the other side, Alan Pardew in his recent interview with [...]

Ashley’s confused about football – Do tell!

Posted October 14th, 2013 by Hugh de Payen | 140 Comments

In an interview for Sky TV, Alan Pardew expresses the depths of Mike Ashley’s confusion about football and erroneously claims the club has no debt. Normally, I avoid the Daily Mail unless I have fires to light but this particular interview, originally for Sky TV, caught my eye. In the interview, Pardew says: “Mike is [...]

Cabaye challenges Kinnear to come clean on Cabayegate (the full exchange translated)

Posted October 8th, 2013 by workyticket | 79 Comments

As I wrote at the time, with Newcastle United, the club of smoke, mirrors and downright lies under current owner, Mike Ashley, there are things we still do not know about the Yohan Cabaye kerfuffle at the start of the season. In an interview as part of the France squad at the side’s Clairefontaine HQ, [...]

Newcastle United board say trying for a cup would risk relegation

Posted September 28th, 2013 by workyticket | 17 Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, my latest piece on metro.co.uk is now up! Once again, the Metro’s trainee headline writers and sub-editors have been at it to ensure it gets as few a readers as possible but never mind! It’s now entitled “Newcastle’s lack of ambition in the cups is a slap in the face for the [...]

Mike Ashley now the fourth richest Premiership owner with over £3 billion

Posted September 11th, 2013 by workyticket | 23 Comments

With the news that Mike Ashley’s downmarket sports chain, Sports Direct, is about to be included in the reshuffled FTSE 100 Index of the top 100 UK companies, I took a peek at their latest figures, as I do from time to time. As has been the norm with Sports Direct for quite some time [...]