Newcastle’s now depleted squad have another home game against Sheffield Wednesday tonight – KO is 7:45 pm.
Mike Ashley – arriving at the Benton training headquarters yesterday
This is a game we will be expected to win, but we’ll have to make sure we get all 3 points to keep our good start to the season going, and then we’ll have a tough game at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Another win would help to confirm Newcastle as one of the Championship’s early promotion contenders, but we are now getting concenred because we need to have a much bigger squad than we now have.
And of course there are just 12 days left in the transfer window, and we still don’t have a permanent manager in place.
But good news yesterday that Newcastle are interested in signing both Sol Campbell and Peter Løvenkrands, both of whom would be good acquisitions for the squad.
We think Sol will sign, but Peter may have second thoughts after the shoddy way he was treated in the summer by the club, but he is a fans’ favorite on Tyneside and a good player.
Chris talked about Mike’s fleeting visit yesterday afternoon:
“It was very much a flying visit,” “He came to say hello and speak to a few of the players.”
“But the conversation I had was about Saturday’s result and about (him) not being here for the Sheffield Wednesday game – that was all.”
“Mike is still very supportive and passionate about the team. We’ve spoken about possibilities of who to bring in – that’s normal.”
“The club are aware that come the end of the transfer window we have to be in a position to compete. Those concerns have been heard.”
“Things have been made easier for us because we haven’t had any injuries, but if we did have it would be another matter entirely.”
It’s good to hear that Mike talked to some of the players, since they seem to have been totally left out of the picture, during the summer.
When he last took the club off the market last December, he said he would be in better communication with both fans and players, but that has hardly materialized.
If he will be any better, should he take the club off the market on Friday, is a good question.
But whatever happens, we do need some stability at the club, and if he brings in a decent manager, we think most of the fans will get behind the team, and hope they can continue their good form and fighting spirit this season.
Maybe they can make up for last seasons’ disastrous relegation.
We hope so, but having Mike Ashley as the owner will hardly be pleasant.
But first things first, and we need to beat the Owls tonight.