The Jonas Gutierrez tribunal has exposed lies and incompetency right at the very top of Newcastle United.

How is Lee Charnley still in his job?

Nothing personal, I don’t know the fella, but he’s just presided over a football club that tried to get rid of a player because they had been diagnosed with cancer. Erm, what?

Just like many of the recent claims pertaining to Mr Ashley’s Sports Direct empire, good corporate governance seems thin on the ground.

This case has shown them up again, just like Kevin Keegan did in 2008.

It’s contemptible. It’s despicable. It’s plunged our proud football club firmly into the gutter. It was pretty much there anyway, but this new episode has just about topped a long list of blunders we’ve witnesses over the years.

There are so many now I’ve lost count.

Just what the hell did they think were they playing at? How low do they want to go! Heaven forbid they be outdone by our near neighbour’s decision to allow a sex offender to play on in their first team.

Imagine what they’re thinking at the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Is that what Newcastle United Football Club think of people with cancer?

Is that how they want to treat them?

It makes me feel stick to the stomach.

We have a managing director whose evidence was described as ‘evasive and lacking credibility’. Just about sums him and the whole place up really.

Anyone else totally fed up with these clowns? I know I am.

Aside from appointing Rafa Benitez, can anyone tell me the last time they scored a PR success?

It gets worse though.

Neither did the MD know that Jonas was an established international who had played at the 2010 World Cup. He was unaware how many internationals the club had on its books. You just couldn’t make this up.

The average fan in the street seems to know more than the man being paid £150,000 a year to run the place, albeit at the behest of the ultimate absentee landlord, Mike Ashley.

And where was the contrition at the end of the whole sorry saga? Instead they tell the media that they are ‘dismayed’ by the ruling.

They should have accepted it and looked to learn some lessons. In fact, the whole thing should never have even got to a tribunal hearing.

The case has just heightened the sense of hopelessness at Gallowgate. It’s shambolic. It’s ham-fisted. It’s mean. It’s rotten. It lacks any strategic vision.

They’ve turned a proud sporting institution into a complete and utter laughing stock, again.