As Mike Ashley’s breathless race to not appoint a Newcastle Head coach any time soon continues, the World and his dog have been having their say on the situation.

Somewhat bizarrely, a lot of the press, including the locals, have gone down the route of saying that it is actually a GOOD thing that United haven’t got around to appointing a replacement for Alan Pardew.

gary linekerThe reasoning being that these two and a half weeks have been spent carefully analysing the possible candidates, unlike daft clubs such as Crystal Palace and West Brom who stupidly employed new managers within days.

Two clubs incidentally who won their Premier League games at the weekend and are both still in the FA Cup, albeit having played non-league clubs in the FA Cup – though still no excuse for Newcastle’s latest embarrassment at Leicester.

However, what the delaying tactics are really all about, at least for most Newcastle fans, has been spoken outloud for a change from somebody outside Tyneside.

Step forward Gary Lineker who used his Twitter account to say;

“Brilliant tactics from Newcastle board to delay appointing their new manager so they don’t have to buy any players in the transfer window.”

Brilliant tactics indeed, if the intention is to not buy anybody in the transfer market and ensure there is no lift given to the club by a new credible permanent appointment.

No doubt Mike Ashley is waiting to pat Penfold (Lee Charnley) on the back when the target of Premier League safety is achieved once again, the Newcastle United owner gambling as always with our hopes and fears.

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