After a less than spectacular, no, in fact, rather abysmal closing stages to his Magpies career, Gary Mills – appointed by the club less than ten months ago – was relieved of his duties earlier in the week as manager, only to be offered a lesser post inside the club.
Mills, speaking to Planet Football, had this to say: "I was relieved of my duties at the club and am no longer the first-team manager."
"I am no longer at the club in any capacity."
"I did not accept the offer of an alternative job - I am a football manager."
"There are still issues with the club which need to be resolve though and so I'm in discussions with legal advisors and can't really comment any further."
Meanwhile, a little closer to home, caretaker-boss Ian Richardson has made his mark already on the squad by withdrawing three players – namely David Pipe, Mike Whitlow and Matty Gill – from the transfer list. All of whom were put up for sale during the latter stages of Mills’ reign.