Mike Ashley

Leave Ben Innes Alone: I Say Thumbs Up to His Hijacker Selfie

Samantha Rea | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Samantha Rea

Poor Ben - how can you burst the bubble of a man with chipmunk cheeks, who's grinning cheerfully in the manner of David Walliams, after swimming the English Channel. I suspect some envy is afoot, because technicalities aside, it probably is the "best selfie ever." It trumps anything ever taken in a toilet...

Sports Direct Boss Mike Ashley Could Be Forced Before MPs After Speaker Bercow Backs Demand

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley could be dragged to the House of Commons to answer questions over allegedly providing workers with “Victorian-type”...

Sports Directs' Critics Still Aren't Impressed With Its Latest 'PR Stunt'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Under-fire retailer Sports Direct has vowed to pay its employees above the national minimum wage from January 1 - but its critics don't seem to be won...

In Defence of Sports Direct

Chris Saunders | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Chris Saunders

If the makers had done a bit more research they would have discovered that as a company Sports Direct actually look after their long-serving workers, rewarding loyalty with shares and bonus schemes which can then be converted to hard cash.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Newcastle United?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Everything is in place for Newcastle to be a successful club, but with Mike Ashley as owner, business sense will always win-out over football. Risk is what wins silverware and creates memories, but can easily destroy a club too and therein lies the dilemma for Newcastle United.

Pardew Struggling to Gain Credit Despite Newcastle's Form

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

While he will enjoy that much more than those previously seen at the ground, it speaks volumes that even positive signs have negative connotations and are displayed almost in jest. His Newcastle team have what it takes to extend their run of form, though it is unlikely to mean much more in the way of support and backing for Pardew.

It's 'Serious' Talks Time For Pardew And Newcastle

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has conceded he expects "serious" talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies' 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Last week...

Team Focus: Vast Changes May Bring Consistency to Newcastle

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

While most teams tend to float around the same part of the table for a few years at least, the Magpies have barely established any degree of consistency in their position over the past 21 years... Breaking into the top 7 may be beyond Newcastle United, but improving on last season and moving up the Premier League certainly isn't.

Why This Season Is Mike Ashley's Last Chance to Redeem Himself to Newcastle Fans

Joe Cooper | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Cooper

The only thing that has appeased fans until now is the 2011/12 season where Newcastle finished 5th in the League and qualified for Europe - a position that many fans believe is where the club truly belongs... This may just be Ashley's last chance to prove to them that he is not in football simply for to turn a profit from a venerable and beloved North East institution.

Sports Direct Founder Does Something Nice For Once

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Sport

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has given up his right to a potential multi-million pound windfall, meaning that the retailer's 3,000 full-time emplo...

Southampton Debacle Sign of the Future for NUFC

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

Not only are Southampton F.C miles ahead of Newcastle United in terms of how much better they move the ball around the football field, and how they carved out chances at will, while we failed to threaten their goal even once, they are ahead of us in every practical department - even the ones that Mike Ashley would have you believe we are excelling in!

Does It Even Really Matter?

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

As Newcastle United head into yet another irrelevant fixture (for NUFC at least) I find myself posing a question that has been on my mind and lips ever since our grossly premature cup exit at the hands of Cardiff in early January - what is the point?

Why Do You Want Ashley Out, Son? 'Because He's A W****r' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Sport

If ever a video encapsulated the madness of being a football fan in the north-east it is the above two minutes and 30 seconds of Newcastle and Sunderl...

Kebabs, C***s And Head And Shoulders: Joe Kinnear's Best Quotes At Newcastle

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport

So farewell, Joe Kinnear, who lasted one month more as Newcastle United's director of football than he did as the club's manager in 2008-09. Kinnea...

'He Put The "Dire" Into Director Of Football' - Kinnear Resigns From Newcastle Post

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport

Joe Kinnear's second disastrous spell at Newcastle has lasted less than seven months after he resigned as the club's director of football. The form...

Latest Survey Is Not Good Reading for Ashley

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

While these results are not a conclusive representation of the feelings of Newcastle United fans, it can be taken as a cross-section of the Newcastle United support and it must be said that the last six months have not been kind to Mr Ashley, as the results show.

Freedom Of The Press? Newcastle Demand Media Pay To Interview Players

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Sport

Newcastle United could demand media titles pay for access to their players. A series of packages offering interviews for a fee has been proposed by...

Mike Ashley - A Cuckoo in the Magpie's Nest

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

I am no longer just a football fan. What Mike Ashley has successfully achieved is to make pseudo-accountants out of many Newcastle United fans. Instead of pointing to silverware as a barometer of progress and success.

Who Has Mike Ashley Banned Now?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Sport

A week after Newcastle United banned three newspapers it has emerged owner Mike Ashley has banished the only elected fans body from the club's fans fo...

Current Set-Up Making a Mockery of NUFC

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

The club we are supporting right now is not Newcastle United. It is a pale imitation of the great club it once was. Until Mike Ashley leaves and takes Kinnear and Pardew we will not see this great club back to where it belongs; showing ambition, playing good football, and exciting the fans with the (ever heartbreaking) possibility that this year will be our year in the cups.

Ashley Bans Free Press!

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

Ashley quite obviously thinks he can remove freedom of information from the equation and Newcastle United fans will take this lying down too. I won't focus on the act of banning newspapers too much. Quite clearly Ashley is feeling the pressure and is reacting in the only way he knows how to - badly.

Zero-Hour Contracts: The Dark Side of Flexible Labour Markets

The Conversation UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Whether it be young people selling sports shoes, or carers looking after the elderly, workers in the UK are increasingly being forced into zero-hour contracts. This hasn't happened by accident: it is a product of many years of moving towards a "flexible" labour market, one that in practice means more power for employers over employees.

Zero Hours Contracts

Katie Hopkins | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK
Katie Hopkins

As an employer in a small business, I fully endorse the use of zero hours contracts to create a more dynamic, responsive workforce. Zero hours contracts make perfect sense. To fulfil the demand for temporary workers in casual positions, they allow the employer to flex their staffing muscle according to the needs of the business and the whims of the customer.

'I'm Head And Shoulders Above Every Director Of Football'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Sport

Newcastle United's Joe Kinnear insists he is "head and shoulders" above every other director of football in the Barclays Premier League because of his...

You're Next, Pards

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Sport

Derek Llambias has resigned as Newcastle United managing director the day after the club confirmed Joe Kinnear's return to the club as director of foo...