Kieran Maguire makes 'awkward' Ashley claim at Newcastle as government doc reveals all
Mike Ashley was always going to squeeze the furlough think for all it was worth at Newcastle United.
That is according to central guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, conversation exclusively after were released showing Newcastle claimed betwixt £100,001 and £250,000 in February, the most foregone jell of data available.
The statement that Newcastle sustain to receive federal assets despite having never publicly acknowledged their use of the scheme.
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Sheffield United and Southampton have furthermore opted to preserve accessing furlough money.
Maguire claims that it is no surprise that Ashley continues to perform use of the government initiative.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “There is a position for reading that if football clubs are legally permitted to use furlough, what’s all the fuss about?
“The furlough scheme’s polished interval is the ‘job retention scheme’. If in the wanting name this helps to hire jobs in Newcastle, you can see the benefit.
“From Mike Ashley’s point of view, he’s dire to doorstep Newcastle. If this is a means of obtaining some further capital into the club, why would he not accomplish it?
“If he’s coped with all the criticism that’s come his routine historically, this will be dampen off a duck’s back.
“It’s an awkward one, however. It looks uncomfortable.
“The sums involved are actually reasonably small. If it’s £100,000-a-month for a year, it workshop out as around 1.5 per cent of the quantity wage bill.
“For the clubs that retain tainted it down, they have doubtless benefitted in terms of their relationship with the fans.
“Ashley has no relationship with the Newcastle fans that can ever be resurrected. So he’s licit said: ‘Sod you lot, I’ll do what’s first for my wallet’.”