There is news in the Shields Gazette that Newcastle will hold an important Board Meeting today to assess their transfer options, with the club seeming to flounder in their attempts to bring is some of their top targets and not one player has been signed by Newcastle since the season ended 38 days ago.
There was a pledge at that time by the owner that money would be available and the team would be strengthened in the summer.
Newcastle would also be trying to win one of the cups next season for the first time in over eight years.
Lee Charnley – needs to show more drive, decisiveness and determination
The players are reporting back to training today, and yet we have still not been told who will be part of Steve McClaren’s coaching squad.
In fact we haven’t heard anything from Steve for over a week now – so communication coming out of the club is as pathetic as ever.
Lee Charnley is the lead man on the Board, and it’s his job to pull things together and get some players into the club, and at least from the outside he’s not doing a very good job at that – not at the moment anyway.
Newcastle will play a friendly with Gateshead a week on Friday at the International Stadium, and then they jet off to America for three games – and hopefully we should have at least two players in by then.
How about striker Charlie Austin and center-back Joel Matip?
Other Premier League clubs have been signing players – so Newcastle have to show more determination, decisiveness and drive and the willingness to spend some big money to bring some good players into the club.
As we said, there’s still time, but you cannot be timid in the transfer market and be successful at the same time.
Here’s the pre-season schedule.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|