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It has now emerged that Mike Ashley broke the deadlock on the Andros Townsend deal by speaking directly to Daniel Levy.
It would explain avoidance of Freddy Shepherd to answer or condemn the way in which Ashley runs the club, plus also explain the comments by Sir John Hall.
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Lancashire Police ask for help after ‘large scale fight’ between Burnley and Newcastle fans