Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been in control of the club for more than 11 years, and his latest attempts to sell club have so far failed, but in an interview with Sky News he's' revealed that talks with one interested party are 'more progressed' than ever before. With the January transfer window less than a month away, and Rafa Benitez's contract up in the summer, this is a crucial time for the Magpies and the direction of the club. The Magpies spent just over £19 million this summer, as Rafa Benitez tried to build a squad capable of taking on the Premier League. Speaking to Sky Sports last year, Mike Ashley, with a net worth reported to be close to £2.5 billion, claimed that he could not compete with the likes of Manchester City as it was a ‘wealthy individual taking on the equivalent of countries.’ He said: “I’ve put my £250million into the football club. There’s no more from me. “Now the club has to generate its own … [Read more...] about How rich is Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley as he looks to sell the club
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Mike Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United is always a contentious issue - but no more so than it has been over the past week. Protests against Ashley, led by The Magpie Group, took place outside Sports Direct on Northumberland Street on Saturday morning before Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. That came little more than 24 hours after Ashley’s Sports Direct purchased House of Fraser in a £90million - something which infuriated United fans given the fact United ended the summer window with a positive net spend. It is upon this background with which we look back on Ashley’s rare interview with Sky Sports, which took place exactly a year ago. Read More Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's Sky interview: One year on In a fascinating - and contentious - in-depth interview, Ashley covered a number of topics. Here, NUFC Writer Chris Waugh evaluates his comments, and analyses whether the Newcastle owner has delivered upon the promises he made... … [Read more...] about Has Mike Ashley kept his word? Newcastle owner’s Sky Sports interview, a year on
Newcastle United have spent just over £19 million this summer, as Rafa Benitez tries to build a squad capable of taking on the Premier League. And while the Spaniard and United fans long for more to be spent, the club’s owner hinted in a rare interview, that the spending pot was empty - live updates on all the deadline day deals here. Speaking to Sky Sports last year, Mike Ashley, with a net worth reported to be close to £2.5 billion, claimed that he could not compete with the likes of Manchester City as it was a ‘wealthy individual taking on the equivalent of countries.’ He said: “I’ve put my £250million into the football club. There’s no more from me. “Now the club has to generate its own money. “If someone said to me I am wealthy – OK, in theory I am a billionaire, even maybe a multi-billionaire – but in reality my wealth is all in Sports Direct shares that, as I said the other week, are the same as … [Read more...] about How rich is Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley compared to other Premier League owners?
A budget hotel has been branded one of Huddersfield's worst with guests saying it is vile, disgusting and appalling in damming online reviews. The Ashfield Hotel on New North Road has been rated ‘terrible’ by 47% of reviewers on TripAdvisor, with 17% rating it ‘poor’ while 26% said it was ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. Customers complained of peeling wallpaper, ‘damps smells’, poorly cleaned rooms and damaged furniture. And the owners have admitted to the Examiner the property does need “a bit of TLC.” One TripAdvisor reviewer claimed to have found condom wrappers down the side of the bed while another said the room had an “overriding stink of cigarettes.” Critics used words including ‘disgusting’, ‘vile’, ‘appalling’ and ‘dilapidated’ to describe the property. Ashfield Hotel which has been branded one of Huddersfield's worst View gallery A handful … [Read more...] about Hotel branded ‘disgusting’ hits out at ‘claim culture’ critics
Plymouth’s Early Learning Centre store is to close under parent company Mothercare’s rescue plan – and the Drake Circus mall outlet will be “relocated” to its under-construction out-of-town development at Marsh Mills. The two units are on a leaked list of 50 branches set for the axe under the troubled pram retailer’s £113.5million proposal to save the company. The chain revealed plans to shut 50 stores, with another nine likely to close in the next few years, but did not name specific sites. But a list has been circulated on social media revealing Cornwall Street’s Early Learning Centre store, part of the Mothercare portfolio, will close, as will the Mothercare unit in Exeter. The mall Mothercare is set for relocation – which was already known. The company, which has seen sales plummet, has confirmed it still has plans to open in a 15,000sq ft unit at the multi-million pound Plymouth Gateway Retail Park, at Marsh Mills. The retail … [Read more...] about Plymouth’s Early Learning Centre to close down