Mike Ashley’s levels of depravity as Newcastle United owner plunged to new depths today after it emerged he called several first team and youth players to tell them they have new contracts, only to call them back later and tell them they actually don’t, all while laughing maniacally down the line.
According to players Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez, Ashley – who’s currently on holiday in Cancun and has been uncontactable for days – called them this afternoon to tell them they would be having their contracts renewed. But before the players had a chance to toast the good news with a beer their chairman had phoned back.
“Almost as soon as I put the phone down Mike called back,” said the now unemployed Taylor. “He was laughing and I could hear people in the background egging him on. He said ‘Em, actually, no. You don’t have a contract.’ Then he called me a prick, laughed and hung up.”
This latest behaviour from Ashley solidifies his status as one of football’s true hate figures. The incident coming days after he donated a £250,000 to a children’s charity, only to renege on the donation citing the “psyche principle”.
Taylor and Gutierrez are understood to be looking for clubs currently.
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