Newcastle United sources denied that CEO Lee Charnley held meetings with controversial former transfer chief Dennis Wise.
The unpopular former director left the club in 2009 after being unhappy at the start of his tenure alongside Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere as boardroom advisor to Mike Ashley.
There were now suggestions that Wise Charnley met with Justin Barnes in several meetings.
However, we understand that Wise had no dialogue with Charnley.
The Times also suggests that it was Wise who recommended Rio Ferdinand's supportive comments on BT Sports during United's play last week by Chelsea.
What is certain is that Rafa Benitez would not tolerate Wise's presence in the football business.
Benitez has a legally binding contract that gives it the last word in the entire football business, including inbound and outbound transfers and player contracts.
Benitez also said earlier this season, "If I had to choose someone to hear when we talk about Newcastle United - then Alan Shearer would be more than Dennis Wise."
And although Wise still has a business relationship or friendship with Ashley, it is believed he has no new job at St James's Park.