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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.
Peter Beardsley saved from being found to be a racist after two ex-Newcastle players called as witnesses
Shocking Monday night Newcastle fans treatment by broadcasters – Why club doing absolutely nothing?
Steve Bruce press conference – 5 ruled out for Brighton but positive news on 3 Newcastle players
The quiet revolution now getting ever louder at St James Park
Steve Bruce says he has identified the big problem at Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez