It’s now becoming a crisis at Newcastle as we seem to be finding it difficult to hire a manager to replace the departed Rafa Benitez.
Presumably, the Newcastle hierarchy would prefer that a new manager is put in place before they bring in new players – although that didn’t stop them back in the summer, 2015 when they brought in players without Steve McClaren being consulted.
We ended up relegated that season.
The transfer window opened on May 16th so it’s coming up to eight weeks now and Newcastle have sold Perez for £30M to Leicester City – who have ambitions way above those of Newcastle.
We know we will not be getting Salomon Rondon this summer and our other targets – defined by Rafa and Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson before the window opened – could already have been transferred.
The good news is that most of the transfer business is done in the last week, which in this case is the week before August 8th – with the Premier League kicking off the following weekend.
That’s 31 days to go in this transfer window.
But there’s a fundamental question to be answered about the team – will the new manager continue with Rafa’s tactics of quick counter-attacks or use a completely different system.
That will determine which players the new managers will want to bring in – plus his opinion about our existing players.
But he’s not going to be able to watch the players we have much – with only a month to do in the transfer window.
We’d be happy enough if we don’t lose any more of our good players – except Isaac Hayden who is moving for family reasons.
It’s definitely not a good situation to be in – and there may be a boycott for the first game against Arsenal.
But the very last thing we want to see is a civil war between fans with those that support the boycott personally criticizing those who will continue to go to the games – even if hell freezes over.
One reason Newcastle fans are the best in the business is because of that – their complete loyalty to Newcastle United FC.
It’s been like that all my life starting with my father attending all away games in the first half of the 1950s – when we won the FA Cup three times.
And the boycott will not hurt the club or Ashley financially – not with the club getting just over 70% of revenues from the Premier League TV revenue.
Here’s the breakdown of the revenue for the previous financial year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).
Match revenues are dropping quickly, and over the previous financial year were only 13.4% of revenues.
New owners would quickly raise the commercial revenues at the club, but under Ashley, they have been hopeless since he bought the club.
It’s not about hitting Mike Ashley in the pocket where it hurts – he couldn’t care less about that, and in fact, he couldn’t care less about the fans either.
Shame on him.
It’s trying to make it known across the world the complete failings and incompetence of our Sports Direct owner and somehow get him to sell the club and give our fans new life and new hope.
That’s what it’s all about.
One final thing – some fans have been accusing Ashley of putting some of Newcastle’s money into his own pocket or that of Sports Direct.
But believe me, that’s just not possible, and Newcastle United FC have their own set of financial books as do Sports Direct, and they are distinct and separate.
Ashley can be rightly accused of failing to spend Newcastle’s money, and we now have a lot of it – but he is in no way putting it in his own pocket or across to Sports Direct.
The set of books are audited each year.
So from a business sense, he is in no way “robbing” Newcastle other than being unwilling to spend the club’s money to create a much better team.
We have the money these days – if only he had some ambition and wanted to do that.