Rangers déjà vu as Mike Ashley launches Newcastle United legal action
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Rangers déjà vu as Mike Ashley launches Newcastle United legal action

Rangers fans are all too aware of the lingering scent of Mike Ashley around their club and Newcastle United fans are getting a taste for it too as the High St billionaire launches a new legal pursuit.

Rangers have been locked in a retail dispute with the Sports Direct retail magnate for as long as an increasing percentage of the support can remember and it continues to frustrate to this day.

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Despite the fact Rangers are breaking new ground with Castore, as early as December Ashley and Ibrox were back in the press.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Gers must now disclose details of the club’s Castore deal to help assess potential damages when it comes to a Sport Direct retail dispute regarding the Hummel/Elite Sports contract.

After a decade of Rangers boardroom fighting over the club’s retail, Mike Ashley still continues to cling on, four and a half years after he sold his remaining Ibrox shares.

Newcastle United too – having celebrated widely after a £305m buyout from a Saudi-led investment fund – are now seeing this at their club.

Mike Ashley takes Newcastle United shareholders to court after selling club last year

In the immediate aftermath of the sale, a dispute raged regarding that garish Sports Direct signage at St James’ Park and now Mike Ashley has launched legal proceedings against Amanda Staveley.

An investor in the Tyneside club, Staveley was a prominent face in brokering the takeover and is now heavily involved in the boardroom at St James’ Park.

According to the Daily Mail, the relationship between the two has become strained with the details of the courtroom battle yet to be made public

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But if Rangers’ experience in trying to get rid of Mike Ashley should tell Newcastle United fans anything, it’s that this may well just be the beginning of years of legal proceedings to come.

All the while, Mike Ashley is reportedly preparing a £50m buyout offer for adminstration-ravaged Derby County [Sky Sports].

Speaking of Newcastle United, the Magpies are being once again mentioned alongside a leading Gers star after a humiliation in the FA Cup.