Whelan: Ashley is being greedy

Published Add your comment

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has accused Mike Ashley of being "greedy" as he reportedly holds out for a buyer who will pay £250million for Newcastle.

Whelan also believes Ashley underestimated the magnitude of what he was taking on when he bought the Magpies in July 2007.

Ashley put the club up for sale after the backlash following Kevin Keegan's abrupt departure in September, with investment bank Seymour Pierce, who have been tasked with finding a buyer, revealing there were two "very serious contenders" but as yet nothing has materialised.

Whelan believes his Newcastle counterpart is being unrealistic, telling The Times: "If Mike Ashley will sell it for the right money, he will sell it next week. Now, is he being greedy? Yes."

He continued: "I don't think he has thought things through and I don't think he really appreciated just how passionate people are up there about their football.

"It is very difficult for someone who is not a Geordie to run that football club and I said to Mike Ashley: 'You are better off just getting your money back and stepping away.'

"You can't sack Kevin Keegan and expect the fans to get behind you. He will never be able to repair the damage between himself and the fans. Do that and you are down the pan. I told him, 'You're gone.'"

Wigan boss Steve Bruce led his side to a last-gasp 2-2 draw at St James' Park on Saturday and he has been linked with a return to his native north-east.

Whelan, though, poured scorn on such a possibility.

"He won't come here and work with Mike Ashley," Whelan added. "Steve wants to work with a chairman who understands the game and does not expect too much, too soon. There is no chance he would go near a football club if it is not run the way he thinks it should be."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Steve Bruce
Newcastle United
Wigan Athletic
Kevin Keegan

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again