There is a report in the Chronicle that the mood of the returning NUFC players is actually quite good comparatively speaking. However, at the tail end of the article by Lee Ryder are two very contradicting statements.
The report primarily details how the returning players are in shall we say buoyant spirits and it contrasts the mood of the players from the first relegation season under Mike Ashley in 2009.
This is what Lee writes:
But despite the uncertainty surrounding the club the mood is very different to the summer of 2009 when the squad also returned to Tyneside after the summer break without knowing who would be taking charge.
This time the indications from within are that there is no sense of crisis or panic.
This is some good news as the Chronicle will have some sources at the club though we can not be certain if this is just some propaganda to settle the stirred masses on Tyneside.
Lee continues and gives a bit more information on how the first two days went with the returning players at the club:
But the players have decided collectively to focus on the new season.
United’s squad were back on the training field for the first time on Friday and it is believed they enjoyed the session under Dawson and Redfearn.
This is some more good news we suppose. It was a primary concern of ours that the players would still be a bit upset with they way Rafa left the club. They still very well may be.
We are happy though that Ben Dawson is involved with the first as he is a familiar face and many of the younger players will know first hand of what type of a coach he is.
Lee Ryder then delves again into the sale of the club to close this article. However it just does not make any sense.
Ashley still has the ‘For Sale’ signs up at St James’ Park and is willing to sell for £350m, but he is yet to see a bid of that size tabled by any of the interested parties.
While the Bin Zayed Group agreed a price, Ashley has not been notified by his solicitors that the money has shown up at this stage.
These statements seem to be at complete and total odds with each other. Why would Mike Ashley be waiting for money to show up, if he is yet to see a bid? Is there even a necessity for a bid in the first place if a price has been agreed? This is not like a transfer where you are bidding for a player.
If “the Bin Zayed Group agreed a price”, then why does Lee Ryder mention anything of a bid in the preceding sentence with the plural “parties”. If a price has been agreed but no money has shown up, then we are at a different stage than this “he is yet to see a bid of that size table by any of the interested parties”.
What Lee Ryder may be referencing is proof of funds when he speaks of “money showing up”. Which would not be the actual money showing up and thus nearing completion of a deal.
It is all very confusing at this point but I suppose we are happy that the players are not in a panic.