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Ex-Sunderland star Hutchison: Time for Ashley to sell Newcastle

Former Sunderland and Liverpool star Don Hutchison feels Mike Ashley should sell Newcastle United this summer.

Hutchison wrote in The Journal: "Let's be honest, if Mike Ashley cared, he would have sacked Alan Pardew by now.

"In fact, he would never have appointed Alan in the first place. I have been critical of the manager in recent weeks and Saturday was another massive blow for him. Every week that goes by when his team don't perform for him is another sign that he is running out of time. With all the rumblings about Hatem Ben Arfa and dressing-room bust-ups it feels like he has lost some of the players now.

"And the excuses he is coming up with beggar belief. When he said that he could have stopped Swansea's goal if he'd been on the touchline I couldn't believe it. I just thought, 'Whose fault is that Alan?'

"But for all that Alan is responsible for this run of defeats, the problems go right to the top. What Ashley has done to Newcastle is awful to watch. He has turned one of the biggest in Europe - with a stadium and fan-base with the potential to break into the elite in England - into a club that aims for mediocrity. This summer is the time for him to sell up."

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