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Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has admitted he sold Jonathan Woodgate without consulting Sir Bobby Robson.
The Magpies have come in for some criticism for selling Woodgate to Real Madrid for £13.5 million, but Shepherd has vowed the club will reinvest the money wisely on a quality replacement.
Jonathan Woodgate will not rush his return to action but feels he could be ready to make his Real Madrid debut this month.
The classy defender left Newcastle fans in a state of shock when The Magpies sold him to Real Madrid in August.