Next week could be a much better week for Newcastle fans than last week was.
Jose Enrique – any chance he’ll stay?
Of course that’s not saying too much, because last week was a complete disaster for the Newcastle club and its fans, with it being fitting yesterday that the game was washed out with Fiorentina, after just 64 minutes.
We’ve heard that Joey Barton and his representatives will be meeting with Derek Llambias next week, and there’s a chance that mess will be sorted out, and Alan Pardew has already said that Gabriel Obertan should be arriving in Toon tomorrow.
It’s a little strange, but it could be that Gabriel may be just the player we need to raise the spirits of Newcastle fans, because he has loads of skill and speed galore, and adds to the skillful French contingent on Tyneside.
There are more financial constraints at Newcastle than we had thought, and it seems we need to have Chief Scout Graham Carr do a stellar job if the team is going to become good again, in the next couple of seasons.
Manager Alan Pardew is even refusing to predict how Newcastle will do next season, until he sees which players Newcastle can get in before September.
Alan said this to the People today::
“I am not going to make any predictions about the new season until I see what players we get in.”
“I am fairly confident that we will get the players in that we need. I would like one or possibly two in before we play Arsenal.”
“The fans have had so many broken promises in the past not just from this ownership but way before that.” “But we have added two or three very good players to the group already and we are going to add to that.”
“Once we see the team settle down – and I don’t think it will be in the first three or four games if I am honest – I think we are going to see a very strong side.”
It’s not a complete disaster at the club, and Yohan Cabaye looked good again yesterday, and we have Dan Gosling playing well and we also have the mercurial Ben Arfa, if we can keep the lad fit.
It’s a pity that Derek LLambias didn’t also invite Jose Enrique to meet with him next week too, but it looks like he will be out of the door soon.
If Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley could only sit down and persuade Joey and Jose to stay on Tyneside for the next several seasons, that would be a tremendous lift for the fans and the club, and we’d look to have a decent team too – maybe even improved over the side of last season.
But of course the two top men at the club – Ashley and LLambias that is – are not the greatest communicators in the world.
And I’m dreaming again, to think Jose and Joey would want to stay long term on Tyneside, but if that did happen we really would be in decent shape long term.
Here’s how to contact the players if you want them to commit long term to Newcastle.