Ashley: I'm not an expert
Mike Ashley's tenure in charge of Newcastle United continues to go from bad to worse.
Once again using the Sunday Times to do his talking rather than local newspapers or local radio, Ashley has hinted he is ready to stay on as owner as Newcastle and appoint Chris Hughton as boss.
But even though by his own admission he reveals he is not an expert in football he will be the man who has the final say on buying players, no doubt with help from outside influences.
Well if those influences are anything like those of Tony Jimenez or Dennis Wise, then United fans could be set for more pain.
In Ashley's latest interview, he said: "I have to put ÃÂ£20m a year into the club -- I spend more than every other fan put together puts into the club each year. If you can't pay up front to buy the club, you can't afford it.
"Chris (Hughton) deserves a shot at the title -- he has done a great job. But if I keep the club I will have the final say on players. I am the one who has to fund the club.
"Of course I regret it (buying NUFC).
"I never said I was an expert in football clubs. I tried my best. But I accept my best was woefully short."
Oh, and anybody wondering where we are in terms of the latest regarding the sale towards the club it has emerged that Barry Moat needs ÃÂ£40million more very quickly in order to do so.
Ashley also said over the weekend: "Barry Moat has been driving me mad for two years. If he wants to buy the club, he has got a one off opportunity to come up with the cash, ÃÂ£80 million up front."