Important Transfer Meeting Planned Today At Newcastle

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.

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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.

DateOpponentVenueResult
Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)Gateshead
International StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 1-0

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