Newcastle United have released an embarrassing pre-prepared statement after relegation was confirmed with Sunderland beating Everton.

As usual, Mike Ashley has got his PR people to use the happy to have his name used Lee Charnley to deliver a feeble response to the disastrous drop into the Championship.

The pretence of giving a toss about the feelings of Newcastle fans or club staff is laughable.

In a transparent attempt to head off any protests, Ashley has tried to use Rafa Benitez as a shield, talking of after the season has ended (and Rafa has been sent on his way?), the club/Ashley will ‘communicate more fully with supporters’.

Don’t believe a word of it.

An embarrassing response to an embarrassing season that has been orchestrated by Mike Ashley, this statement convinces just about as much as Lee Charnley does as MD.

‘Official Mike Ashley (in name of Lee Charnley) Statement after relegation:

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has issued the following statement:

Tonight we are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be.

I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for the Club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive disappointment and underachievement.

Your support throughout has been magnificent, but I want to pay particular thanks for the incredible backing you have given to Rafa and the team during the latter part of the season. Nothing more could be asked of you and I am truly sorry we have not given you the outcome you deserve.

I also want to thank every single member of staff here. This Club is their livelihood, but they are fans too. To go through the threat of relegation last season and then to suffer a worse fate this time around has been very hard for them. I know that each and every one of them has done whatever they could to help us out of the situation we now find ourselves in.

We know that supporters want to know what the future holds and will want to hear more from us as soon as possible. The process of scrutinising what went wrong and planning for what is to come has already begun.

Right now, of course, Rafa and the team must prepare for the final game of the season but after that, please rest assured we will communicate more fully with supporters.’