Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that Mike Ashley wants a say in team selection both at Newcastle United and at Rangers.
Barton, a former Newcastle player, made his comments on social networking site Twitter this afternoon.
Makes it difficult to hold head coach/manager totally accountable if things don't go to play. This is creeping into the modern game nowadays— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 5, 2015
Ashley has been the owner of Newcastle since 2007 and has recently ventured into Scottish football by buying a stake at Rangers.
Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England, but results on the pitch have not always been great.
On transfer deadline day, Rangers signed no fewer than five Newcastle United players on loan for the rest of the season.
Should Ashley influence team selection?
Since Ashley owns Newcastle, perhaps there is an argument to be made in favour of him having some influence over team selection.
After all, it is he who is paying the players, and it is he who will suffer the most (along with the fans) if results deteriorate.
However, the manager needs to be in control of the team all the time. It is up to him to play the players he thinks are up to the job.
That does not mean that Ashley should not try to give his input, but the job of managing the players should be left to the manager.