George Caulkin exposes Mike Ashley in response to astonishing new interview – A must-read

Following Mike Ashley’s astonishing interview with the Daily Mail, reliable north-east writer George Caulkin has hit back – and he’s absolutely bang on with his assessment of the NUFC owner.

Here’s what he’s had to say on Twitter in the last few moments, hitting the nail on the head in response to Ashley’s claims about Benitez, the Joelinton deal

“That Mike Ashley interview is desperately and depressingly familiar; the self-pitying, the delusion, the contradictions and the inconsistency. It’s always this way. The club says nothing and it’s terrible and then when the owner does speak it’s actually worse.

Where do you start with it? Benitez took the “soft option” to leave? He didn’t take the soft option to manage Newcastle when they were threatened by relegation, or to stay in the Championship. He left because he was out of contract & didn’t want to stay for more of the same.

Joelinton? Benitez didn’t think he was worth that fee. But if that money was there, allow him to spend it on his own targets. He’s the manager. He’s the man who won the Champions League. If Ashley wanted to put his own money in, great. Why not use it on the training ground?

“Every time with Rafa it was impossible – there was always another thing, and the next thing and the next thing.” Yes. Good managers don’t just settle. They push for more. They push for excellence. “I’m not a football expert,” Ashley says. No, but he employed one & now he’s gone.”

“I could say to Lee Charnley, our managing director, I’ll have £10m, £12m. But a good custodian will make every penny count. No interest, no repayments.” In 2017/18, Newcastle repaid a short-term loan of £33m to Ashley. Short-term, yes. But still a repayment.

“We’ve seen and heard it all before. Each time he talks, he admits to making mistakes while making them all over again. “I probably shouldn’t own a football club,” he says. That’s definitely a concept to get behind.”

George hits the nail on the head – and not for the first time when it comes to Mike Ashley’s baffling approach.

The comments on Joelinton are bang on. It proves how much of a control freak he is and that he has MUCH more say on the football side of matters than he cares to admit.

As George says, he occasionally accepts these ‘mistakes’, but he NEVER learns.

If he ‘shouldn’t own a football club’, maybe he should take his own advice and leave!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

7 thoughts on “George Caulkin exposes Mike Ashley in response to astonishing new interview – A must-read

  1. Read this interview in the Mail.
    Typical of Ashley to put the blame on Rafa. The fact is he is scared of boycotts, he sees ticket sales dropping. This interview has been stage managed to make him look the badly done to victim.
    Don’t believe a word of it.
    Boycott. Don’t renew. The reason he hasn’t sold is because he is asking too much.


  2. The PR spin offensive is in full swing now that the start of the new season is approaching with season tickets still unsold or not renewed. I find it also to be less than coincidental that this interview was published on the same day that it was disclosed that Sports Direct owe the Belgian taxman more than a few quid.


  3. hes been proved a liar in crown court,so no change there then,full of sh^t,Chopra had a Royal to pay what he wanted he knocked it back and not for the first time i may add


  4. Boycott boycott boycott. Well done the local traders supporting the boycott. Lets make this regular throughout 2019/2020.


  5. We need a longer boycott,the whole bloody season,spend your money on going to away games if you can,& as for the idiots who are not tied into a 5 year or 10 year ticket deal & still go to the games then shame on you,it’ll never change & neither will fatty as long as you keep feeding him !!!


  6. Do it it’s now or never must be done boycott boycott boycott boycott get him out now empty stadium protest protest protest ruin him he’s scared right now can’t take boycott s do it


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