Mick Harford has urged Newcastle United fans to give director of football Joe Kinnear a chance.
Harford turned down an offer from Kinnear to become assistant manager of Millwall yesterday.
But he told The Journal: "Joe has been working really hard to get players in. I know that for a fact.
"He is doing all he can to get the most talented people who will be best for Newcastle United. And I have to say I was really impressed with Mike Ashley. I had never met him before and thought he was an amazing guy. I liked what he had to say. He and Joe want the best for the club."