Newcastle United have released a statement denying reports which suggested Alan Shearer had been sacked from his role as an official ambassador for the club.
Following a miserable week for the North East outfit that has seen owner Mike Ashley relent to the wishes of the Toon faithful in putting the club up for sale, the dismissal of another Magpies legend would have been a colossal PR own goal.
While conceding Shearer no longer operates in the same post, Newcastle are categorical in their denial that the club's all-time leading goalscorer was dismissed. On the contrary, Newcastle insist relations with Shearer remain more than cordial.
"Alan Shearer had a contract for ambassadorial duties which ran out last season," read a club statement.
"As a gesture of goodwill from the club, Alan was given a complimentary corporate box back in June for use at St James' Park and the club continues to have an excellent relationship with its all-time leading goalscorer.
"Any suggestion that Alan was stripped of this role because of recent events is completely inaccurate."
Brighter news coming out of St James' Park is the imminent return to fitness of Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff.
Both players have been sidelined since picking up injuries in last month's win over Bolton but while Newcastle's next game, against West Ham, may come too soon for the pair, a first team return is on the cards for the next few weeks.
"I don't think we will have any players back (for West Ham) but we are probably more optimistic about Damien Duff and Oba Martins," caretaker boss Chris Hughton told the club's official website.
"They are probably the two that are closest and it would be very welcome for them to come back."