I just hope that the local media know a bit more about the goings on at Newcastle United than they are letting on and that there is more happening behind the scenes than is being reported.
Especially as the local newspapers have largely been positive about how the transfer market will eventually turn out, despite no visible action so far.
For older (local) readers, days gone by meant the Evening Chronicle was pretty much the only source for hearing rumours and then confirmation of new signings.
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The relationship was always close, many would say too close, between newspaper and club but that was THE place where you found out what was happening first.
Over the years we have seen this relationship diminish and indeed disappear altogether for a period of time when the infamous ban came into effect.
The Premier League era has also coincided with Sky Sports and the technology of the internet and now especially Twitter as an instant release of news, often by players or agents themselves.
Plus of course the advent of Mike Ashley and his ‘preferred media partners’…
The Mirror were the only newspaper allowed to speak to Steve McClaren when he took the Newcastle job but it is less clear just how much priveleged access the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun get. They (NCJ Media – Chronicle etc) are ultimately owned by Trinity Mirror as well, but they weren’t invited to McClaren’s exclusive launch party, the only other outside media being Sky Sports.
Judging by the headlines over the last month from the Chronicle, I have to say that I hope they have a load of juicy information regarding new signings that they are sworn to secrecy on, because as you can see from the headlines below it gives you a bit of a sinking feeling if this is really how little is happening…
Thursday 11 June ‘NUFC closing in on a deal for Charlie Austin.’
Friday 12 June ‘Steve McClaren wants Newcastle United backroom staff in by Monday (June 15) at NUFC.’
Sunday 21 June ‘Newcastle United hoping for breakthrough next week.’
Sunday 21 June ‘Ten players at the U21 European Championships that NUFC should look closely at.’
Monday 22 June ‘Eight ‘plan B’ strikers for NUFC if Austin transfer doesn’t come off.’
Wednesday 24 June ‘Will Steve McClaren have a new face on board in time for his first public outing as NUFC boss.’
Thursday 25 June ‘NUFC understood to be hopeful of new face in time for Gateshead FC friendly.’
Friday 26 June ‘Newcastle United understood to preparing bid for Anderlecht striker.’
Sunday 28 June ‘Newcastle United will learn if they have won the race to sign Charlie Austin in the next fortnight.’
Monday 29 June ‘NUFC understood to be hopeful of signing a player this week.’
With 2 days to go until pre season training begins, 11 days until the first friendly, 12 or 13 days until the squad fly off to America and of course less than 6 weeks now before the Premier League kicks off again.
Let’s hope the headlines start turning into what Newcastle United have done, rather than what both the Chronicle and the supporters are ‘hoping’ will happen.