Mike Ashley tipped a barmaid £5 to commemorate the sale of Newcastle United for £300 million.
Mike Ashley, the former owner of Newcastle United, is said to have given a £5 gratuity to the employees at a Soho pub while celebrating the sale of the North East football club.
Mr Ashley celebrated the club’s £305 million sale to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund while drinking with friends at a pub in London’s trendy Soho. Last Monday, the CEO of Sports Direct completed his 14-year tenure as owner of the Premier League team situated at St James’s Park by selling the club.
The club will be owned by the Public Investment Fund to the tune of 80%, with the remaining 10% split evenly between British entrepreneur Amanda Stavely and the rich Reuben brothers.
Newcastle United will become the richest club in the world as a result of this agreement.
“Our objective is aligned with the fans – to produce a consistently successful squad that is frequently challenging for big prizes and generates pride across the globe,” Ms Staveley told the reporters.
According to reports, Mr Ashley was joined by five companions during the five-hour drinking spree at the King’s Arms in Soho.
According to the Sun, they were drinking from early evening until closing time, which was around 11 p.m.
“Mike was in excellent spirits and left one barmaid a £5 tip,” an onlooker told the newspaper.
“You’d never guess he’d done a £300 million deal.
“The drinks were flowing freely. They were all dressed up and clustered around the table, laughing and joking around.
“They just appeared to be a normal group of guys getting together after work.”
“They arrived at 5.30 or 6 p.m. and drank beer till closing time, which was around 11 p.m.”
On Thursday, several Newcastle United fans gathered outside the home stadium in Newcastle to celebrate the sale.
In response to the news, an estimated 15,000 supporters showed up in force.
“It’s been the worst time in the club’s history for continuous dissatisfaction and lack of achievement,” Alex Hurst, host of the True Faith podcast, told the BBC.
“Any time there was a nice mood around the club, it looked like Mike Ashley attempted to bring everyone back down to earth,” he continued.
According to Hurst, he did it “with a horrible judgment that served no one’s interests save his own.”
Human rights groups, on the other hand, have criticized the sale to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Amnesty UK’s chief executive, Sacha Deshmukh, has criticized the organization. “Brinkwire News Summary.”