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Looks like even Mike has had enough of his sidekick I guess after seeing him naked things must have soured.

NEWCASTLE UNITED managing director Derek Llambias could be poised to leave the club – even if Mike Ashley remains as owner.


The Sunday Sun understands Llambias’s position is under serious review, with Ashley considering appointing an experienced football administrator to run United’s day-to-day affairs.


Llambias, whose background is in casinos, has been derided on Tyneside since Ashley’s reign turned sour early last season.


And Ashley himself, although he harbours increasing doubts about selling Newcastle in the short term, is pondering whether the presence of a less divisive figure at the helm would both placate fans and be attractive to would-be buyers further down the line.


Llambias has made a series of public statements this summer, starting with his insistence that he and Ashley wanted Alan Shearer “to be the manager 110 per cent”, which have undermined his credibility.


The final straw for some came with news of Llambias streaking across the St James’s Park pitch for a bet following Newcastle’s opening home game of the season against Reading.


United have now confirmed that a bidder, understood to be Barry Moat, has met Ashley’s £100 million asking price – three months after Llambias claimed “at least two” £100 million-plus offers had been received.


But with Moat still to convince club bankers Barclays to extend him the same overdraft privileges as they do to United now, Ashley knows he may have to wait things out a while longer before offloading the club.


As revealed in last week’s Sunday Sun, two American-based groups are in talks with Ashley and have now completed the due diligence process.


But they have yet to put firm offers on the table, further suggesting a resolution to what has become a tortuously drawn-out saga remains some way off.



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