Amongst all the conflicting stories about who will be the next Newcastle Manager/Head Coach, the subject of actually signing players has taken an unusual turn.
The management issue has to an extent pushed it to one side, which may indeed be a major reason for Mike Ashley stretching it out….
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However, even those fans who have little/no faith in how Mike Ashley is running Newcastle United, still think that despite having no manager, things are busy busy busy when it comes to the transfer market.
If you just stop and think though, even if you put to one side all the other negatives of NUFC under Ashley and the problems of selling the club (to players), which credible player is going to be signing for anybody without knowing who they will be working under?
United need real quality players to reverse the decline of recent years and the near disaster of last season.
This group of players will have a choice of clubs and so put yourself in their heads.
Newcastle aren’t going to offer bigger wages than their competitors, whether that is Spurs or Swansea or Stoke. So what else is there?
Catching out unsuspecting foreign clubs and players seems long gone now, with the riches floating around these days why on earth would anybody take the first offer they get?
Many of us presume that our club is now sold to prospective signings on the basis of being a stepping stone and following in the footsteps of players such as Ba, Debuchy and Cabaye. Presumably this being a hook for the likes of Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat when moving from leagues with a lower profile than the Premier League.
The fact remains though, what kind of player could NUFC be currently negotiating with, who is going to seriously consider moving to Tyneside when there isn’t even a manager/head coach in place?
If United start to sign players before appointing a manager, then that must surely be a nightmare scenario where you are bringing in players who are either just desperate, have no ambition, or see Newcastle as a very short-term destination.
The starting point has to be appointing that manager/head coach ASAP because that is the starting point, then you agree the transfer strategy and who the targets should be.
With only 67 days until the Premier League kicks off again, every day that goes by is another obstacle to any necessary repairs being made to what is a severely damaged vessel at St James Park.
Captain Ashley tried to sink us last season when employing Cabin Boy Carver to steer the ship and finish the job off, there might not be enough buckets to go around and bail us out if he waits any longer to appoint somebody to look after the team.