We reported it LAST WEEK that Mike Ashley was to review Chris Hughton's position at Christmas, and the news finally broke nationwide last night. We published the article online: "If Newcastle United are in the relegation zone by Christmas, Mike Ashley will replace the manager". There have been rumours ever since that his days are numbered, and last night's 4-0 home defeat to Arsenal had many Newcastle fuming that he played an entire reserve side in a cup competition. The club released a statement confirming their plan to retain his services . but they will do it ONLY if the club are in a healthy position. The statement said: “Chris is our manager and will remain our manager, and it is our intention to re-negotiate his contract at the end of the year.” Trust me on this one - Ashley will do anything in his powers to keep the club in the Premiership and that includes bringing in a new boss . should it seem necessary.