The Journal has a very good and interesting report out today by Mark Douglas, that a senior member of the squad, said to be Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, has been given assurances by Mike Ashley, that significant funds will be made available this summer to rebuild the Newcastle squad.
Mike Ashley – met with Fabricio Coloccini
The Newcastle squad certainly needs rebuilding with a number of players set to leave Tyneside this summer.
Mike Ashley has been at the Benton Training grounds recently, and is said to have had dinner with Fabricio before he left for his trip to Florida, over here in the states.
And Mike is said to have assured the Argentine International that funds will be made available and the squad will be significantly strengthened in the summer.
Of course Fabricio still has a decision to be made himself, so the dinner was also probably an attempt by Ashley to have Fabricio stay at the club for the remaining two years of his contract, and lead Newcastle forward.
And it seems the owner is trying to calm things down a bit on Tyneside, at least with the players, although Alan Pardew’s future is still up in the air, and it could be decided on the result on Saturday against Cardiff City.
And to make things even more complex the Chronicle has today lodged an out-and-out attack on Alan Pardew, and also some fan organization(s) are asking that fans walk out of St. James Park after 60 minutes on Saturday as a protest.
So one thing we know about that – it’s not going to help the side win the game – that’s for sure.
And what happens if Newcastle are leading in the game after 60 minutes?
Alan Pardew’s fate will be decided when the season ends – but Newcastle must have a decent chance of beating Cardiff City on Saturday.
And why wouldn’t the fans support the team and try to get what could turn out to be a valuable 3 points against Cardiff City and cement Newcastle’s place in the top ten for the season?
The very fact a walk out is being planned for Saturday’s game, will only have a negative impact on the players, and don’t they want Newcastle to win the game on Saturday?