Newcastle United are never far from controversy and, just when everything is going well on the pitch, trouble is again brewing behind the scenes.
Again, attention is aimed at owner Mike Ashley. The latest installment of controversy could inadvertently have an effect on the Magpies.
Ashley has been charged by the SFA for allegedly breaching dual ownership rules. SFA rules sates that an owner of an English club cannot own more than 10 percent of a Scottish club.
The Sports Direct founder only has an 8.92 percent share in Rangers but has been accused of effectively running the club.
The Scottish FA have set a hearing on January 27 for Ashley to explain the role he is playing at the troubled club.
The rule book strictly prohibits someone having dual control of two clubs “someone who may at the same time either directly or indirectly: (a) be a member of another club; or (b) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of another club; or (c) have any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of another club.”
Rangers have become dependent on Ashley in recent months as they he has loaned £3 million to the club and was instrumental in bringing Derek Llambias and Barry Leach to Ibrox in non executive director and consultancy roles respectively.
It could become a toss-up between owning Newcastle United and Rangers for Ashley as he can’t have his way of owning both clubs.
Should he choose the Scottish club, Newcastle United may be taken over by an owner who will use the club to pay off their own debts like Birmingham City amongst other clubs have suffered in the past.
Should Ashley be found guilty he faces just a £10,000 fine but this charge could prompt him to choose which club he wants full control off.