I think that he and Joe Kinnear are mates, Mike Ashley doesn’t know a huge amount about football as a sport, so he wants a ‘football person’ that he trusts operating at what is effectively boardroom level. Much as he had Dennis Wise doing a while ago. He undoubtedly has shocking taste in friends.
As fans we are being played for mugs. No doubt there will be attempts in the coming weeks to portray us, once again, as angry Cockney-hating, black & white coffin-carrying simpletons with an inability to recognise the skills of anyone but Geordie pure-bloods.
In the three years since we gained promotion back to the Premier League, we have sold eight players for a fee. Of the players we received money for, you would genuinely struggle to make a case for most of them currently being a regular in our starting XI; Forster, Enrique, LuaLua, Nolan, Routledge, Best, Carroll and Ba.