Former Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall has urged the club to get its act together for the sake of its shocked and angry fans.
Senior staff were today attempting to restore a measure of order behind the scenes after a traumatic few days in the Magpies' eventful recent history.
Joe Kinnear's hugely controversial appointment as director of football and the subsequent resignation of managing director Derek Llambias have left the club in turmoil, and Sir John, the man who dragged Newcastle back to prominence during the 1990s, admits the soap opera has not made for good viewing.
He told the Chronicle: "I'm shocked at the news that Kinnear has been appointed and Derek Llambias is going. It certainly makes you wonder what's going on behind the scenes at Newcastle United Football Club.
"There's a man in charge there who knows what's going on, but for many of the fans, they will be feeling anger and shock.
"I think everyone just hopes that it will be resolved quickly because the start of the season is upon us.
"Unless you know what's going on behind the scenes, it's difficult to know exactly what has happened.
"These things happen in football - they certainly happened in my day - but we have got to hope that they are able to quickly resolve it for the start of the season."