Keith Downie alleges Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Roberto Martinez, Mikel Arteta and Sam Allardyce all turned down Newcastle’s approach, or distanced themselves from the job.
That shocking fact suggests the cat is well and truly out of the bag when it comes to Mike Ashley’s running of the football club.
Managers who like freedom over signings, public backing, working with a sporting director, and an ounce of ambition from the club, simply know they will not get that at St James’ Park.
The footballing world is waking up to the shambles at Newcastle United
Ashley’s ridiculous transfer blueprint regarding incoming signings, and the need to make a profit overriding the needs of the squad, is something good managers are not prepared to buy into.
His refusal to show any ambition, and a happiness to merely survive year upon year is not what any of the big-name managers will accept, and why would they?
The club’s utter mishandling of Rafa Benitez is coming back to haunt them, amid stories of at least two of the shortlisted names having spoken to the Spaniard, and his comments have not been remotely positive.
Mike Ashley has been exposed this summer, and it is no longer just Toon fans who are aware of it.
The quicker he sells up and moves out, the better. Only then can the football club make strides forward and start to reach levels the fans deserve.