At last it can be revealed: forget the speculation elsewhere.
This is why Mike Ashley decided the best way of rewarding Chris Hughton for all his fine work was to sack him:
He ruled that Hughton was guilty of gross industrial misconduct for being a London-born failure who steadfastly refused to drink Newcy Brown, speak with a North-east accent or refer to Newcastle as “the Geordie Nation” in interviews.
And we can also reveal that the new managerial team, assuming Ashley gets his way, will be “a joint appointment of Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan, the ghost of Jackie Milburn and Jimmy Nail”.
Or so it says at the football spoof site The Gaffer. Read their take on the mixture of comedy and shameful behaviour at St James’ Park by visiting this link.