15 Sep 2008

Ashley putting Newcastle up for sale

8:26 am on 15 September 2008

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he has put the Premier League football club up for sale after falling foul of the fans following coach Kevin Keegan's resignation.

Ashley was absent from yesterday's 2-1 home defeat by relegation favourites Hull City when Newcastle fans protested before, during and after the match about his running of the club and the manner of Keegan's departure.

Ashley says he is now a dad who can't take his kids to a football match as he's advised they would be assaulted - so he says he's no longer prepared to subsidise Newcastle United and is putting the club up for sale.

Fans' hero Keegan resigned on September 4th, just eight months after returning for a second spell as manager, saying he did not have full control over the buying and selling of players.