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Mike Ashley Celebrates Sale of Newcastle United With Action That Sums Up His Time In Charge

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Mike Ashley Celebrates Sale of Newcastle United With Action That Sums Up His Time In Charge

After 14 miserable years in charge, Mike Ashley finally left St James' Park after selling Newcastle United for £300 million to a Saud-led consortium and celebrated in a way which perfectly summed up his ill-fated tenure on Tyneside.

The Sun reported that Ashley and his mates had a boozy five-hour session at the Kings Arms pub in Soho and gave the barmaid a measly £5 tip, living up to his reputation of particularly tight with his spending at Newcastle.

"Mike was in good spirits and left one barmaid a £5 tip," an onlooker told The Sun.

"You'd have had no idea he'd done a £300million deal.

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"Drink were flowing. They were all wearing suits and huddled around the table, laughing and chatting.

"They just looked like a normal bunch of blokes meeting after work.

"They arrived at around 5.30pm or 6pm and were drinking beer until closing time, about 11pm."

Ashley may be back in the boardroom very soon with another club in English football after being linked with a takeover of Derby County.

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It is reported that he would give manager Wayne Rooney the funds to bolster his squad, and an official move to take control at Pride Park could be on the cards.

PA: Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi
PA: Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi

Meanwhile, Newcastle are now looking forward to a brand-new era under the Saudi-based regime, with the club's new owners worth a staggering £320billion, dwarfing Ashley's own enormous personal wealth that's estimated to be in the region of £2.7billion.

The Magpies' first game under the new owners is against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, before they make a trip to Crystal Palace six days later and conclude the month against Chelsea on 30th October.

Topics: Derby County, Newcastle United, Wayne Rooney

James Hilsum
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