I just don't see how its somehow 'Ashleys fault', or 'Ashley will benefit for his Xmas drinks' from this.
It's not rocket science that we have (or had) too many goalkeepers on our books at the moment; Elliot, Rafa's choice at the moment; Darlow, seemingly his 2nd choice senior player; Krul, not wanted, possibly due to him having recently recovered from a long term injury and not considered good enough right now; Selz, a Rafa buy who has not (at least yet) met expectations (and may never (though De Gea also fell well below par initially)); and a promising youngster.
Rafa can only have 25 senior players in the squad, and four goalkeepers is at least one too many; two too many if he is considering giving the youngster his next step-up, as I suspect with him being on the bench for games recently.
This is a logical decision by Rafa, the Club as a whole, and not relevant in any way, to Ashley.
Ashley (rightly) gets blamed for things which he deserves; why have a pop at him for something other? This is where he gets some of his strength from.
If me typing hand wasn't knackered id debate all day long but just touching on things, Rafa isn't happy with his keepers and would gladly have sold any one of them as long as replacements were brought in.
Darlow was all set to go to Boro with the move in place until Ashley's cohorts dallied around with Willy Cabalero which saw Chelsea move in and Boro go for their plan B.
Krul maybe rightly or wrongly thought he deserved more respect in expecting another chance here after 12 seasons but if a boss thinks you dont fit in then it's his prerogative to have that option. Maybe it's also to Krul's respect that he didn't accept that he wasn't wanted and maybe an issue with our other keepers that they're still expected to 'perform' without that faith.
Overall on Krul, the right move but still a strange one in that he was in the final year of his deal with it due to be ran down at Brighton and of no cost to us unless a cash fee was involved somewhere, maybe dependant on starting one game I dont know. My faith in Ashley instantly accuses it to be something that prospers the wrong person, mainly him.