As a Forest fan (and one that got quite worked up at the prospect / disappointment of Nigel Clough's decision a few months ago), I'm not really in much of a position to say this, but I agreed with a caller on 606 yesterday who said that Newcastle fans had to share the blame for what's happened because they've always demanded a 'messiah' manager as opposed to one who could take them somewhere:
TTSBU has a very good photo from Villa Park yesterday that made this point with a fair bit more cruelty.
I also think that Mike Ashley may be getting a bit more stick than he strictly deserves. I'm told that he was horrified when he saw the real state of the books once he had his feet under the table. Sir Freddy has to be the most underacheiving long-term owner of a club in a long time.
Newcastle really are too big for this to happen.