Its made me think about some of your comments again rex.
Maybe you know more than you have told us but it makes sense that ashley has had a plan long term with his choice of manager not being available at that time.
This person became interested again early this season but hughton's done ok and couldn't be pushed then, now we have a little blip but during this period the players have become aware of what went on behind the scenes and have rebelled a little. (it doesnt explain the contract renewals)
or ashley's set us up to be more sellable and the sale is happening now.
seriously though, I rarely listen to rumours and certainly not from a man in a pub, but a mate of mine who's a big gambler and has no interest in newcastle had told me this would happen.
He knows a few football agents apparently and thinks he gets a load of inside info.
His track record isn't bad though, he told me about Strachan getting the boot months before as well as Ince, and he was convinced Jol was being lined up.
Agreed, Hughton has been dignified all the way through, got us up and has rarely complained about anything and has now been made the scapegoat really. Makes you wonder what was said in that inquest on sunday though, anyone reckon hughton knew he was for the chop?
Well that's my point, this lad is a massive gambler, he put a shitload on Strachan getting the boot and he was strongly advising me to get some money on Hughton being replaced by Jol before christmas.
I scenario I laughed my tits off to at the time