Newcastle supporters' trust calls for Mike Ashley to quit

28 October 2009 08:09
Neil Mitchell, interim chairman of the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust (NUST), spoke out after Ashley took the club off the market, handed Chris Hughton a new deal as manager and mooted renaming the stadium for sponsorship money. [LNB]"The appointment of Chris Hughton clearly shows Ashley will continue to call the wrong shots at the club," Mitchell said. "Hughton may be a capable coach but we still await a manager with a proven record. [LNB] Related ArticlesRenaming St James' Park 'would cause uproar'Newcastle taken off marketMoat's Newcastle takeover plans in doubtChris Hughton revels in Newcastle winMike Ashley rejects Barry Moat's £80m takeover offerSport on television"Now it has come down to the fans to step in to remove Mr Ashley. NUST exists solely to allow the fans a voice at the top table by purchasing a stake in the club and we will be challenging Mr Ashley's resolve not to sell the club in the very near future. [LNB]"It's come full circle now Mr Ashley waits until after deadline to release £20 million to service the ghostship that is St James' Park and comes up with the wheeze to re-name the most famous landmark in the city. It demonstrates clearly Mike Ashley has forgotten his customers." [LNB]Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd said he once rejected the opportunity to re-name the ground for commercial purposes. [LNB]"I suppose nothing surprises me about the current regime so news they're ready to sell the naming rights isn't exactly a shock," Shepherd said. [LNB]"I appreciate we are living in a commercial world but there are some things money can't buy. I can remember when we had the chance to change the name of the ground when I was chairman. [LNB]"It was just after flotation and big-name companies were falling over themselves to get involved in football and back then, Newcastle were right up there with the Manchester Uniteds, Liverpools and Arsenals. [LNB]"We were offered something like £3 million for a five-year deal. The money could have been 10 times that and I would still not have been interested." [LNB]

Source: Telegraph