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Allardyce criticises Ashley reign

Sam Allardyce
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sacked former boss Sam Allardyce

Former Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce claims owner Mike Ashley only bought the club to make a big profit.

Ashley has put Newcastle up for sale and Allardyce, who was sacked in January, said: "It is crystal clear now what the motives were for Mike Ashley.

"I think that he did buy the club in the hope that he could quickly sell it on for a vast profit.

"It is going from bad to horrendous and there is part of me that thinks I'm glad I'm out of it."


Ashley replaced Allardyce with Kevin Keegan, but decided to sell after facing a fans' revolt in the wake of Keegan's surprise departure in September.

Allardyce added: "I thought Kevin was going to get the money I didn't get - but the continuous sales and players moving in and out over the summer obviously caused him to conclude the job was untenable and the club was thrown into chaos."

see also
Allardyce reign ends at Newcastle
09 Jan 08 |  Newcastle
Newcastle set deadline for buyers
05 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
Businessmen deny Newcastle links
03 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
Ashley cuts Newcastle price tag
30 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Ashley tells bank to sell Magpies
22 Sep 08 |  Newcastle

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