Under Mike Ashley Newcastle will always be prepared to sell their best players, but this has ALWAYS been the case with our club.
In January 2011 they sold Andy Carroll hours before the deadline without a replacement in return for £35m.
Yes it hurt the supporters, but no more than the sale of Gazza, Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle, and every other top class star we have ever produced over the years ... and sold!
That is the Newcastle way - that is why we have not won the league since 1927!
Only under Sir John Hall did we turn the tide and become a forward thinking club, with the signing of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, David Batty, Tino, etc ... and how close did we come to that league title in 1996.
Since then, Ashley - the man with enough money to buy six African nations and the crown jewels (a reported £2.5billion) - is happy to let the club plod along with the belief that it will promote his business interests.
The more he upsets the supporters, the more he gets his face (and Sports Direct) on the front pages of the newspapers.
There is NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY!
That has always been his theory.