After coming under criticism for his running of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley has hit back in quite unbelievable fashion – claiming he is being treated as the ‘pantomime villain’ despite providing Rafa Benitez and NUFC with ‘continued financial support’.
His strongly-worded claims have been leaked in a letter sent last week (3rd August) to Jeremy Wright – the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – and come in response to Chi Onwurah’s complaint (via a parliamentary petition) that he had been neglecting the club and failing to support Rafa Benitez.
Here’s the letter in full – brace yourselves folks, it’s an unbearable and unbelievable read:
I don’t quite know where to start with this..
1 – ‘Our training facilities have greatly improved during my tenure and very clearly do not have a negative impact on performance, given we secured a place in the top 10 of the PL last season.’
This line sums up just how short-sighted and unambitious this bloke really is. It’s embarrassing. He’ll only act when the club are in a mess and until then will inject the bare minimum to keep us afloat.
2 – “My continued financial support.”
We have a net spend of MINUS 26m this summer. Rafa has missed out on several top targets once again and we’ve resorted to loan deals, swap deals, free agents and sub £10m signings – all after a year back in the Premier League.
3 – He boasts about “”swiftly recovering” from relegation
It was your fault we found ourselves in that position in the first place Mike. Please don’t brag about the money you put in that summer to clear up the mess YOU caused.
I could go on.
What a pathetic response.