Mike Ashley's rollercoaster Newcastle reign

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Chris Hughton has today been sacked as Newcastle manager with the club saying they need someone with "more managerial expertise" to take them forward.

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The move will come of as something of a shock considering Hughton's part in leading Newcastle back to the Premier League last season and a solid start to the current campaign. In the last month Newcastle beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates and hammered their bitter rivals Sunderland 5-1.

Yet, in the short reign of Mike Ashley there have been many twists and turns, and perhaps today's events shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Here, we take a look at Ashley's rollercoaster reign.