Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald fears the club will lose it's best players after new director of football Joe Kinnear's combative arrival.
Kinnearâ€™s short reign has Âalready claimed its first Âvictim in manager director Derek Llambias, who he referred to on air as â€˜Lambeziâ€™.
Now, Supermac has Âconcerns over the futures of ÂYohan Cabaye who Kinnear called â€˜Kebabâ€™ and Hatem Ben Arfa who was incorrectly pronounced â€˜Ben Afriâ€™.
Macdonald told the Daily Star Sunday: â€œI Âreally canâ€™t believe whatâ€™s happened. I think itâ€™s a Âfriendship taken beyond Âextremes. But why pluck Joe Kinnear from obscurity?
â€œIs it because they chat in the same pub and have a pint together? Did he feel sorry for Joe? But is that how you run a multi-million pound company? Ashley doesnâ€™t do Âstupid things. He might be bizarre but heâ€™s not stupid.
â€œBut you donâ€™t help your mate out by putting your own Âmanaging directorâ€™s nose out of joint. Alan Pardew has given the simple line that he will Âcontinue at the club and has no doubt Âconsulted his lawyers as to what Âconstructive dismissal is.
â€œThat leaves Kinnear doing all the talking. But why did he go so sloppily and heavily into that radio interview? He booted people up the arse and smacked them over the head. Ashley has seen and heard that and surely heâ€™s got to say, â€˜Joe, Iâ€™m not having thatâ€™.
â€œHe hasnâ€™t. So itâ€™s all got to be playing a game. Theyâ€™re not idiots. Thereâ€™s got to be a Âmasterplan. You donâ€™t become a Âbillionaire and then be Âperceived to be acting like a buffoon. Or employ a Âbuffoon.
â€œEverything Ashley does, he does for a purpose. So I can only think whatâ€™s been done and been said has been Âdesigned to hack off a lot of people, enough for them to move on.
â€œLook inside that dressing room, for instance. There will be big names saying, â€˜Get me out of hereâ€™. Yohan Cabaye is the best player Newcastle have got and is insulted by Kinnear mispronouncing his name as Kebab.
â€œBen Afri, too, instead of Ben Arfa. Were those gaffes done on purpose?
â€œCabaye will think, â€˜Iâ€™m not impressed by that. Would I be better Âlooking away from here?â€™
â€œWas it designed to get the high rollers out of St Jamesâ€™ Park?"