Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds a Devil to Deal with ( Mansion

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds a Devil to Deal with ( Mansion

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Byline: By Simon Stone

Furious Mansion chief negotiator David Kinsman has accused Manchester United of "double-dealing" after the Red Devils pulled the plug on a world record sponsorship deal.

At the request of Manchester United commercial director Andy Anson, Kinsman cut short business meetings in the Far East and flew into London on Friday believing negotiations were about to be concluded.

Instead, having been assured on Saturday there were no problems with discussions, Kinsman then took a call from Anson on Sunday night in which the Old Trafford official admitted he had also been talking to another unnamed company and contact with Mansion was being terminated.

The news left Kinsman and the company's executives stunned.

Kinsman claims Anson had verbally agreed a deal which would have netted the club up to pounds 70m over the next four years, all of which was in cash and a substantial portion in an up front payment.

"We are not naive businessmen by any stretch of the imagination but this has left us flabbergasted," admitted Kinsman, Mansion's chief operating officer. …

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