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Who Runs Newcastle United
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Owner – Mike Ashley
SPORTS tycoon Mike Ashley has built his billion-pound-empire completely away from the public eye.
Buying Newcastle United is his most high- profile venture to date.
In 1982, at the age of 18, Ashley opened his first stores in London, called Sport and Ski. By 1990 he had three outlets, trading under the Sports Soccer name. Over the next decade, he opened about 100 more.
But as a sole trader he was exempt from filing accounts at Companies House, and the true scale of the Sports Soccer business was hidden. In 1999 it became a limited company and Ashley went on to acquire Lillywhites, Dunlop Slazenger and Kangol, among other business interests.
A series of secret meetings on Tyneside helped Mike Ashley achieve his Toon takeover dream.
The sports mogul was little known on Tyneside until he formed St James Holding Limited with the sole purpose of buying Newcastle United.
He then contacted Sir John Hall, who agreed to sell his family’s 41.6% stake to Mr Ashley for £55.3m. He immediately launched a £134.4m bid to buy the club.
Mike Ashley was rumored to be a Tottenham fan before he bought Newcastle United.
To keep tabs on what owner Mike Ashley is up to see our Mike Ashley Diaries
Chief Executive – Derek Llambias
Chris Mort welcomes Derek Llambias to the club
Derek Llambias was brought in for his shrewd management skills honed throughout years working in hospitality.
His previous career in the entertainment and leisure industry stretches back more than 30 years – most recently as managing director of the Fifty Club in London.
Chairman Chris Mort said at the time of his appointment: “We are very pleased to welcome Derek on to the board of Newcastle United.
“Derek’s experience in the hospitality industry will certainly complement the work already being done by the club to realise its full potential.”
Derek Llambias is a long-term acquaintance of Mike Ashley and supports West Ham.
Club Secretary – Lee Charnley
Financial Controller – John Irving
Commercial Director – Dale Aitchison
Head of Media – Wendy Taylor
Press Officer – Mark Hannen
Honorary President – Bob Young
Honorary Life President – Sir John Hall
Honorary Life Vice-president – Malcolm Dix
Football Advisor – Kia Joorabchian
Manager – Alan Pardew
Assistant Manager – John Carver
First Team Coach – Steve Stone
Development Coach – Willie Donachie
Goalkeeping Coach – Andy Woodman
Head Physio – David Henderson
Physio – Derek Wright
Fitness Coach – Simon Tweddle
Masseurs – Mickey Holland, Davey Upton
Reserve Team Manager – Peter Beardsley
Academy Manager – Joe Joyce
Academy Goalkeeping Coach – Chris Terpcou
Academy Physio – Carl Nelson
Academy Fitness Coach – Jack Ade
Chief Scout – Graham Carr
Club Scouts – Ray Gooding, Vic Halom, Norman Wooster