Ashley apologises for Newcastle relegation

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley apologised to the club's fans on Tuesday after United's relegation from the Premier League and said talks with interim manager Alan Shearer were ongoing. "Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all," Ashley said in a statement on the club's website. Newcastle, under the guidance of former England striker Shearer, their fourth manager of the season, lost 1-0 at Aston Villa on Sunday to end their 16-year stay in the top flight. "I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons, and I am very sorry for that," Ashley continued. "I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout." Shearer, who managed just one win from his eight matches in charge, has been widely tipped by British media to extend his stay with his hometown club "Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had. "Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this club forward again."