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By MARTIN HARDY, 24/10/2009

MIKE ASHLEY was attacked by furious Newcastle fans during the club's defeat to Scunthorpe on Wednesday.

 

 

The hugely unpopular Toon chief had to be rescued by stewards as he faced the wrath of supporters furious at the demise of their club.

 

 

That could prove to be the final straw for Ashley, with Tyneside businessman Barry Moat tabling an £80million package on Friday to take complete control.

 

 

Sport of the World has learned that Moat was given the green light by his financiers in midweek to table an offer that could end the Sports Direct boss's traumatic 28 months in charge at St James' Park.

 

 

Moat has put down a bid of £60m and has put together the finance to appease Barclays Bank with Newcastle's overdraft at bursting point.

 

 

That will see him immediately injecting a further £20m to solve the club's financial wreckage.

 

 

And Newcastle fans will be further stunned to learn that hate figure Dennis Wise, who left in April, is STILL on the club's payroll and receiving a salary of £20,000 a week.

 

 

In total, Newcastle are forking out £3.3m a month in wages and national insurance, and they have no sponsorship money to turn to.

 

 

Former chairman Freddy Shepherd spent the Adidas and Northern Rock backing on signing Michael Owen in the summer of 2005, before Ashley even arrived.

 

 

Moat was promised a decision by Ashley on Friday, only to be told the unpredictable Newcastle owner wanted a further two days.

 

 

He has promised Moat and key brokers Seymour Pierce that there will be a final decision today.

 

 

Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias have held off the sale in the belief that a better offer from a consortium would emerge. But the controversial pair have been repeatedly warned that Moat's bid is the only viable one on the table, one that will mean Ashley takes a hit of around £190m if he accepts.

 

 

A senior source admitted: "It is time for Mike to realise this is his way out. Stewards saved him at Scunthorpe in midweek. They had to fight off supporters from getting at him."

 

 

Toon fans were enraged by Ashley's fresh claim last week that he puts more money into the club than the supporters, and because of that he can do what he likes.

 

 

He was met by those fans in the stands at Glanford Park during Newcastle's humbling loss to Scunthorpe.

 

 

And he further ignited the situation by claiming Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer were asking for a small fortune to manage the side, before being rescued by Scunthorpe officials.

 

 

Ashley appears almost immune to the abuse and his low standing with Newcastle fans.

 

 

He again faced angry chants imploring him to sell the club throughout yesterday's home game with Doncaster as he sat in the directors' box.

 

 

Wise was handed a two-year contract worth £1m a year when he was appointed in February last year, without Keegan's knowledge.

 

 

But when Shearer took over as temporary manager back in April, he told Ashley and Llambias that he would not work with the club's executive director of football.

 

 

Ashley agreed to pay Wise's salary in full until it runs out next March, meaning Wise, whose appointment led to Keegan's departure, has picked up a staggering £560,000 since he left his post.

 

 

Our source added: "He is picking up his contract as if he was still working at Newcastle."

 

 

Wise will continue to collect the rest of his £80,000-a-month salary until March unless Moat decides to give him an outright pay-off. He is expected to return to football at Charlton with another controversial former Newcastle employee, Tony Jimenez.

 

NoTW

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Wise on the payroll is true, although I was always told it was 30k.

 

As for the attacks, thats got to be bollocks. Are they seriously expecting us to believe that no other newspapers knew about it? that none of the fans involved or bystanders didnt come on here or any other message board talking about it?

 

 

Scum of a paper, total scum. Its just wanting to give Ashley the chance hes been dying for, to pull the "family at risk" card.

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As for the attacks, thats got to be bollocks. Are they seriously expecting us to believe that no other newspapers knew about it? that none of the fans involved or bystanders didnt come on here or any other message board talking about it?

 

Which papers has Ashley spoken to in the past? It's either been The Times or it's sister paper NOTW. There's no doubt he's behind this revelation.

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What seems to be right is that he did moan about the demands from Keegan and Shearer in the director's lounge after the game saying they wanted more than Scunthorpe's turnover or something like that (that's what Golfmag said on N-O who is quite often well informed IIRC). They also had to borrow him a tie...

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What seems to be right is that he did moan about the demands from Keegan and Shearer in the director's lounge after the game saying they wanted more than Scunthorpe's turnover or something like that (that's what Golfmag said on N-O who is quite often well informed IIRC). They also had to borrow him a tie...

 

Some twat in the ground was slating Keegan at the match yesterday for fleecing the club.

 

If I wasn't watching the match, rather than just give him a withering look of contempt, I'd have reminded him Keegan got a third of what Allardyce did.

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What seems to be right is that he did moan about the demands from Keegan and Shearer in the director's lounge after the game saying they wanted more than Scunthorpe's turnover or something like that (that's what Golfmag said on N-O who is quite often well informed IIRC). They also had to borrow him a tie...

 

I wonder if the Scunthorpe lot were impressed or not at the slagging Keegan got from LardAsh. After all, wasn't it there that KK started his career? Maybe they still hold some affection for our messiah.

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What seems to be right is that he did moan about the demands from Keegan and Shearer in the director's lounge after the game saying they wanted more than Scunthorpe's turnover or something like that (that's what Golfmag said on N-O who is quite often well informed IIRC). They also had to borrow him a tie...

 

Some twat in the ground was slating Keegan at the match yesterday for fleecing the club.

 

If I wasn't watching the match, rather than just give him a withering look of contempt, I'd have reminded him Keegan got a third of what Allardyce did.

 

I'd have been tempted to chin the cunt :P

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I can't stand this man, but physical attacks will only strengthen his will to be a cunt and will make us fools in the eyes of most sain people.

 

We must attack him financially and start some sort of campaign.

 

Is the best way to do this via NUSC?

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