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Cockney Mafia steal Newcastle United’s lemon sole

by | 20th, June 2013

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FAMOUS meals time now, readers.

On Tuesday May 31 1994, Tony Blair invited Gordon Brown to meet for ‘dinner’ the Granita restaurant in London. It was there that the dour Scotsman agreed to step aside in the 1994 leadership contest in favour of the trendy urbanite. Brown never stood a chance. Faced with bowls of fennel-seed bread and mussels in lemon grass and coconut-milk liquor, and surrounded by knit-yer-own millionaire new Labour sat in a brick and blonde wood yurt, Blairs was in his element.

The other great dinner meeting was between Newcastle United FC’s owner Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, the club’s former manager now given a job in charge of all football matters. The issue of how they came to their agreement occupies minds at the Daily Mail .

Ian Ladyman writes:

Unhappy Newcastle supporters have long been suspicious of the ‘Cockney Mafia’ that runs their football club. 

How ironic, then, that the latest alliance to cause Geordie football followers so much angst — that of owner Mike Ashley and new director of football Joe Kinnear — has its origins in a posh pub and restaurant on the outskirts of London.

Some of those who are wondering how Ashley, a 48-year-old businessman, and Kinnear, an unemployed football coach of pensionable age, enjoy such a close relationship will never have heard of the Orange Tree pub in Totteridge Village.

Ashley lives nearby in Mickey Most’s old pile.

It was in this rather well-to-do watering hole, where a fillet steak and fondant potato will set you back £22.95, that the pair first met 12 years ago and Kinnear impressed Ashley with his views on football and the cut of his jib…

Was it? Ashley is right with the Spurs owners. Kinnear used to play for Spurs. Maybe they met at a Tottenham do? Or anywhere else for that matter.

Later Ladyman recalls:

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