Owner Under the Spotlight: Mike Ashley, Newcastle United

3 February 2020

Mike Ashley
Photo: PA Images Mike Ashley has been the owner of Newcastle United since 2007

With ongoing rumours of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund being in talks to acquire Newcastle, we cast the spotlight on the Magpies' owner since 2007, Mike Ashley.

Mads Meisner Christensen mm@offthepitch.com

During Ashley's reign, Newcastle have sustained turnover growth but only due to better broadcasting deals in the Premier League. Looking at commercial income, it has only increased by three per cent - exceedingly low compared to the league average for the same period.

However, Ashley has managed to keep wages low, which also means a lower price per point in the league.

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