The players are due to return for pre-season training on July 1st, which is just over a couple of weeks away.
Chris Hughton – only coach at the Newcastle club right now?
And that has to be embarrassing for all concerned. For most of the players, because they can hardly be proud of what they achieved last year, and most of them just want to get out of Newcastle.
And right now it will also be difficult for the club. Why is that?
We have no manager and no coaching staff apart form Chris Hughton who is the only coach (apart from Academy Director Richard Money) still at the club.
And it’s certainly not Chris Hughton’s fault if he is appointed interim manager in the next week or so, since Chris himself went through hell and high water for the club last season, and always did his best.
He just wasn’t good enough in leading the Newcastle side, but his forte is coaching behind a good manager, and in retrospect he did no worse than Shearer and Dowie, as far as the results went last season – they were all terrible.
So that situation will be almost intolerable in a couple of weeks, and if it happens watch for the supporters to have one final opportunity of “thanking” our overpaid and under-performing players of last season, and the mess they’ve got the club into, and down in the Championship.
If the players are not sold in the next couple of weeks, and that looks very unlikely, they are still Newcastle players, and the club is still paying their wages, so they will have to report back for pre-season training.
Exactly who will be there to greet them for training is a very good question – perhaps Ashley and Llambias will be there in their track suits – and they will be about as good at that, as they’ve been running the club this last year.
Can Ashley mess things up any more than he has?
Unfortunately we don’t put anything beyond this incompetent man. If he had been managing in a real job for a real company, and not one he owns, he would have been out of the door by now – long ago.