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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Four resign from Newcastle board
Newcastle
Businessman Mike Ashley's takeover of Newcastle has gathered pace as the departure of four of the club's directors was confirmed on Tuesday.

Deputy chairman Douglas Hall, Bruce Shepherd, Allison Antonopoulos and Tim Revill have all resigned from their positions on the Newcastle board.

Chris Mort and Steve Hayward have been appointed in their place.

However, Newcastle have confirmed on their website that chairman Freddy Shepherd remains in his current role.

Shepherd's retention comes as no surprise after news of Ashley's request for him to stay emerged in recent days.

606: DEBATE

While Shepherd's involvement will continue, that of the Hall family, whose decision to sell their 41.6% stake in the club sparked Ashley's takeover bid, will come to an end.

The departures of Douglas Hall and his sister Antonopoulos end the family's association more than 16 years after their father Sir John took control of the club.

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