Alan Shearer cast doubt on his Newcastle future as they slumped out of the Barclays Premier League in disarray with a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
As Ricky Sbragia quit Sunderland and Middlesbrough dropped out of the top flight on a dramatic final day of the season, caretaker manager Shearer insisted he had not been asked to stay on. He nevertheless called for a major overhaul of the club 'from top to bottom'.
Shearer also rounded on his players after a Damien Duff own goal and another poor showing consigned them to the Championship and financial meltdown.
A fire sale is expected with 15 players on £50,000 a week or more and none of the squad who joined before January on relegation pay-cut clauses.
The cost of the drop is estimated at £100million and Shearer, if he is to stay, will demand funds to solve Newcastle's many problems when he meets owner Mike Ashley in the next 48 hours.