It is 71 days and counting until the Premier League kicks off again for Newcastle United.
Considering the mess the club is in and Mike Ashley’s headline making staged interview last Sunday, the silence from St. James’ Park in the last week has been deafening.
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I never expected a new manager, coaching set-up and half a squad of new signings to have all been announced, but no news is most definitely not good news.
The local press that have been used to push out the club’s message since the ban on NCJ was lifted, have been telling us that Newcastle United don’t see any need to ‘rush’ the appointment of a new manager, supposedly so long as he is in place for the start of pre-season training then the club are comfortable with that.
A later than usual finish to the Premier League season and an earlier start coming up, means that the summer is more squashed than usual.
A few key dates to keep in mind
10 June (12 days time) – Deadline for season ticket renewals. The club announced yesterday that they were extending the deadline by a couple of weeks, clearly Mike Ashley’s interview convincing very few of the many thousands who have decided not to renew, having had their renewal packs since way back in March.
1 July (33 days time) – Players are back for pre-season training.
1 July (33 days time) – Transfer window opens. Players can then be officially bought and sold with registrations transferred between clubs. Before that date, transfers can be agreed but 1 July is when the moves can officially be done.
8 August (71 days time) – Premier League 2015/16 season kicks off.
Bottom line is that last weekend there was 11 weeks to go until the next season, when tomorrow arrives there will be ten weeks.
So four and a half weeks until pre-season training and ten weeks until the new season kicks off.
At this moment in time, Newcastle United have no manager, no new signings and not even any pre-season friendlies announced.
I can’t help but think that whatever positives some people took from that Ashley interview BEFORE the game, the reaction of Mike Ashley and his minions AFTER the result and safety from relegation, was one of ‘job done, another Premier League season guaranteed’, let’s forget about it all for the next X weeks.
The optimists amongst us still like to think there is some unseen dynamic team within Newcastle United, driving the club forward with 24/7 action and brainstorming sessions from this crack team of individuals as to how to sort the mess out. The reality of it being the forlorn figure of Lee Charnley and one or two unseen Sports Direct top brass pulling his strings, isn’t what these people want to accept.
If any new player(s) arrive before the announcement of who will be the ‘new’ manager/head coach, then it will clearly be a nonsense in terms of fans having any faith in anything being better next season. A new manager/head coach having no say in new players is ridiculous.
As the days/weeks glide by, every day without somebody appointed and given the authority and financial backing to oversee massive changes at St. James’ Park, it will be nail after nail in the black and white coffin of Newcastle United.
The idea of Lee Charnley and John Carver being once again put up next season as the stooges to front Mike Ashley’s disgraceful running of Newcastle United, is something I certainly can’t stomach.
Yes experience and enjoy the relief of the result against West Ham and that special Jonas moment, but don’t let it cloud your mind when thinking about what actually needs to be done at St. James’ Park to avert what currently looks certain disaster next season.