Ashley quite obviously thinks he can remove freedom of information from the equation and Newcastle United fans will take this lying down too. I won't focus on the act of banning newspapers too much. Quite clearly Ashley is feeling the pressure and is reacting in the only way he knows how to - badly.
The club we are supporting right now is not Newcastle United. It is a pale imitation of the great club it once was. Until Mike Ashley leaves and takes Kinnear and Pardew we will not see this great club back to where it belongs; showing ambition, playing good football, and exciting the fans with the (ever heartbreaking) possibility that this year will be our year in the cups.
Promised Land by Daniel Harris provides the answer. Harris is a rare character: a passionate Manchester United fan, who retains the discipline to step away from the euphoria and provide a calmly forensic take on events at Old Trafford.
It would be foolish of me to try and predict the final top six with so long left in the season, but so far it seems that we are in for one of the most open and competitive Premier League seasons for years.
The fact of the matter is, rightly or wrongly, footballers and top sportsmen enjoy very little privacy, opinions on this will vary drastically. Nowadays, it comes with the job and lifestyle that your private life as a star football player is in the public interest, so you could argue that if you don't want your privacy infringed upon, don't become a pro footballer.
With United apparently going backwards, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool are all making inroads. Looking at United and those clubs' transfer dealings in the summer, there is more evidence of shifting tides.
Financial plight, potential profit, increased exposure or a passion to be involved in the "beautiful game" are just some of the reasons why investors choose to takeover and plough funds into a football club. But is a takeover always a good thing?
Despite getting the Sunderland job, Gus Poyet still has a chance of taking Brighton to the Premier league. Not in a literal sense, obviously (unless there are some drastic changes at both clubs), but in a more figurative, philosophical kind of way...
When talking about the Premier League, the debate still rages as to whether it's the strongest division in the world, or the most entertaining. There's certainly a case for both, and this season so far is evidence of that.
Any Cardiff City fans looking forward to lying back and basking in the glory of the Premier League has had a rude awakening these past few days. And there hasn't even been any football played. In what should be a time of quiet consolidation during the first international break of the season, the club has found its name written all over the back pages of the newspapers for all the wrong reasons. Again.
Manchester United is not just a football club. It's bigger than that. It's a global brand that inspires emotion and commands respect. That's the result of its great footballing legacy. But behind that legacy is years of hard work and professionalism from a committed team of backroom staff.
I have always thought that Cardiff City is a pretty quirky football club. The past weeks events have only reinforced that view. On Tuesday evening, the news broke that Iain Moody - Malky Mackay's trusted head of player recruitment - had been suspended by the club. It has since been confirmed that he has left his position permanently. As yet, there has not been any clarification for the reasons behind his departure.
In every popular sport in the world, there are heroes and villains. Those the crowd love and those they hate. Typically, the athletes or teams the spectator takes a disliking to share one trait; success...
Even the most pious football supporter would be hard pressed to admit they didn't enjoy the "other" side of football - you know, the stuff which has very little to do with kicking a ball and more to do with selling papers. Not a week goes by where the latest taxing soap opera isn't dominating the back pages of our newspapers...
It would appear that this weekend's fixture against Cardiff is taking on added significance as it is surely one of the few opportunities Newcastle United will have in the next five matches to pick up maximum points.
Cardiff City have made a decent start to their first season in the Premier League. A disappointing opening day defeat at West ham was followed by that barnstorming win over the mighty Manchester City and creditable draws against Everton and Hull, before Tottenham hit them with a sucker punch to take all three points last weekend...