We remember a couple of years ago in the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was told by the Newcastle Board that he couldn’t talk about any transfer targets at all.
Mike Ashley – better communication is a must
And Kevin, who was usually very open with the press, was essentially kept in tethers during that summer, and couldn’t speak much at all about what people wanted to know about – the transfer market.
With the statement on Sunday night the Newcastle Board seem to have been able to confuse everybody, and they presumably want to be more transparent about things.
And how come Chris Hughton, who usually speaks almost every day to the press, been very quiet?
We saw today that the Newcastle Journal has been refused for a third time a clarification on the statement “there is no plan for new capital outlay on players”
So the simple question is why don’t the Newcastle board clarify this?
With all the articles out on what that statement really means, it can hardly have been clear the first time – so just clarify the statement – it’s that simple.
In the statement it says no Board member is available to talk to the press.
Why doesn’t Derek Llambias, who has proved to be quite a good communicator when he has to be, give an interview and clarify the situation?
We think money is available for transfers, but it will have to be paid up front, so it’s not a capital expenditure which spans several years. So if that’s the case why don’t the club come out and say that?
And we’ve never expected there to be a lot of money available for transfers this summer, and even think £10M is adequate for what Chris wants to do with the squad.
Mike Ashley and his people have never been very good at communicating with the life-blood of the club – the Newcastle United supporters – but if they are going to stay around they must do a better job at that.
A simple clarification is all we are asking for – so what’s so difficult about that?