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Newcastle are running on empty but life's a gas for Magpies owner Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley is upset Newcastle fans haven't taken him to their hearts

Newcastle owner has paid the club's debts and is owed £130million

Ashley says defeat at home to Leicester on Saturday is unthinkable

By NEIL ASHTON FOR THE DAILY MAIL

 

Every two days a £50,000 bill for the gallons of diesel poured into Sports Direct’s fleet of Scania trucks arrives at their enormous distribution centre in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

When HR have finished sifting through the 26 applications for driver jobs on £12 an hour as part of the company’s ‘expanding night delivery team’, it will rise again.

This is Mike Ashley’s empire, in which staff with no set hours are employed only when there is enough work, often doing shifts through the night on a sprawling site where the warehouses are nearly a kilometre long.

 

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is upset the Magpies faithful haven't taken him to their hearts

 

The Magpies have endured a disappointing start to the Premier League season and are yet to win in a match

 

Newcastle fans are frustrated with the teams performances and have made their feelings known

 

Expansion is planned for Ashley's empire, Sports Direct - revenue has grown by over £1billion since 2009

There are further expansion plans at Sports Direct. Revenue has grown from 1.367billion in 2009 to £2.7bn in April 2014, as they gain a foothold in Europe. They boast more than 665 stores.

 

Newcastle’s owner has told friends that defeat by Nigel Pearson’s team, sitting 12th in the Barclays Premier League, is unthinkable. It could even spell the end for Alan Pardew.Ashley employs around 28,000 people, but the focus will be on one member of staff when Newcastle United face Leicester City at St James’ Park tomorrow.

Ashley has a solid relationship with Newcastle’s manager, but the following three fixtures against Tottenham (league), Manchester City (Capital One Cup) and Liverpool (league) represent a formidable challenge.

On Saturday, when the Premier League resumes after the international window, Ashley will fly up to Tyneside in his helicopter in time to greet Leicester’s guests.

Ashley is amiable and affable, erring on the side of caution when he discusses the game before kick-off and always wishing visiting directors good luck.

 

Defeat at home to Leicester City on Saturday could spell the end for manager Alan Pardew at St James' Park

In the Newcastle boardroom, which is finished in black and white lacquered trims, Leicester’s directors will be greeted by the sight of the shirts of all 20 Premier League clubs hanging in huge picture frames.

With Ashley’s team failing to win at home since May 3, there is a danger the colours of Huddersfield, Brighton and Rotherham will replace them in the boardroom suite next season.

Keeping this team in the top flight is Pardew’s job for the time being, but he is battling to keep it after failing to win any of Newcastle’s opening seven games.

 

Newcastle - yet to win a Premier League game this season - lost 1-0 to Stoke thanks to a Peter Crouch header

The two-week international break gave him respite, as did the 2-2 draw at Swansea on October 4, but Pardew was urged to use the time wisely and re-align the team before the visit of Leicester.

Ashley rarely visits the training ground, although it is not unheard of for his helicopter to touch down in the grounds of Darsley Park for an impromptu review of the club.

Every Premier League shirt is on the wall. He could need Championship kits next year

He turned up in March unannounced, just after Newcastle had been trounced 3-0 by Everton at St James’ Park, but his presence had little impact; they lost their following game 4-0 at Southampton and by the same margin at Manchester United.

Pardew has failed to arrest the decline, despite a number of arrivals at the club over the summer. They are yet to gel.

There is also the mystery of why three high-profile signings - Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes, Hatem Ben Arfa from Marseille and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, have made no impact. All of them are out on loan.

Understandably, in recent weeks Pardew has become increasingly introspective.

 

 

Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - on loan at Hull and Roma respectively - were both high-profile buys

 

Ashley has been supportive, speaking to his manager several times as they attempt to halt a catastrophic run of results.Outside of his core coaching staff, including former Crystal Palace team-mate Andy Woodman and assistant manager John Carver, he no longer knows who to trust.

He has been reluctant to panic and fire the manager, particularly when there is a £5m compensation clause in the eight-year contract Pardew signed in September 2012.

In terms of day-to-day operations at the club, Ashley misses the influence of former managing director Derek Llambias. The pair fell out over the direction of the club in June 2013, leading to Llambias’s resignation.

They still talk and remain friends, but try to avoid the topic of football when they do.

 

Ashley, pictured with Derek Llambias during 2009-10 season, misses the former managing director's influence

Ashley promoted Lee Charnley, who was previously football secretary, to take Llambias’s place as managing director in April.

At the same time, Ashley formally appointed himself to the board at Newcastle, even though no-one has ever been in doubt about who is in charge.

Despite Ashley’s southern roots (he was born and raised in the Buckinghamshire town of Burnham), he developed an affection with the North East after he bought the club in May 2007. Contrary to popular belief he admires the locals’ work ethic and is upset Newcastle supporters have mounted demonstrations against his leadership at various times over the years.

Ashley, who grew up in a modest house, has paid off the club’s significant debts that were inherited from the previous regime.

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In the Newcastle boardroom, which is finished in black and white lacquered trims, Leicester’s directors will be greeted by the sight of the shirts of all 20 Premier League clubs hanging in huge picture frames.

Classy that like. Might ask wor lass if she fancies a similar look for the dining room.

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I actually wouldn't mind a games room with loads of shirts on the wall...

 

Mind I've somehow convinced the lass that it's ok for me to have a print in the bedroom with each of Shearer's 206 goals represented, so I can't really comment on "classy" rooms.

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To be fair, her sister did art at college (or whatever) and I had to be aware of a picture she did of the outlines of 5 men, which was (deliberately) placed at the end of her bed in her old place, so I think she's getting off lightly.

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"Getting off lightly"

Don't put yourself down, man.

 

Fnarr fnarr etc.

 

As if I would.

 

Wouldn't want to starve you lot of your sustenance. :huff:

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I'm sure there must be some logical reason why he could have took legal action if they hadn't accepted his offer but I can't see it in that article.

I can't really see why Rangers would want to accept his offer at all if I'm honest. It just seems to be giving him control over their assets which blatently seems to be something he wants for his own purposes, rather than to benefit the club at all. Obviously they're in a pretty desperate financial position but each article I read suggests there are other people making offers too. Are they worse than him?

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Didn't King want to appoint the chairman, but Ashley only demanded to appoint chief exec and another role.

 

Easdale stays as chairman in this set up, so it got the approval over the King offer.

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Didn't King want to appoint the chairman, but Ashley only demanded to appoint chief exec and another role.

 

Easdale stays as chairman in this set up, so it got the approval over the King offer.

Ah so basically Ashley's got in with the Chairman and he's pushed it Asheleys way to keep his job.

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There's few clubs in the world deserve Ashley more than Rangers. I'd be delighted if he sold us and bought them 100%. He is made for them, fat alcoholic cunt.

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He has loaned Rangers a further £1m and they've come out and said that they're still going to need further finance before the end of the year.

 

I can only see this going one way.

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