During his interview / PR statement in the Daily Mail last month, Mike Ashley said he would pay for an ‘independent auditor’ to come in and review his ‘whiter than white’ books at Newcastle United.
“You can put any accountant on our books and it’s whiter than white. I’ll pay and you can have an independent auditor come in and review us.“
As a result, Wallance Wilson – the Chairman of The Magpie Group – has decided to take Mike Ashley up on his offer, saying the following in an open letter to the Newcastle United owner:
“Dear Mr Ashley,
As you will be aware, The Magpie Group represents a broad range of Newcastle United supporters’ groups campaigning for a change of regime at the club.
We noted with interest the offer made in your interview with Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail on 8 July 2019 to pay for an independent auditor to review your books, viz, “You can put any accountant on our books and it’s whiter than white. I’ll pay and you can have an independent auditor come in and review us.”
As you may be aware, one of our banners says ‘19th Richest Club In The World. Where’s The Money Gone?’ so we would be extremely interested in finding out the answer to that question.
Please let us know the arrangements for taking advantage of your kind offer at your earliest convenience.
Chairman, The Magpie Group”
As we all know, what Mike Ashley says and what Mike Ashley does tend to be two VERY different things, so it will be very interesting to see if Wallace even gets a response here – let alone the chance to send an independent auditor in to examine the club’s books.
Over to you, Mike.